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Walder Wyss Ltd | Switzerland | 19 Apr 2019

Protection of minors in respect of films and video games: consultation process commenced

The Federal Council recently launched the consultation process on the preliminary draft of the new Federal Act on the Protection of Minors in respect of Films and Video Games (Youth Protection Act). The Youth Protection Act, which will comprehensively regulate the protection of minors and close existing legislative gaps, is embedded in a complex set of ongoing legal revisions in a national......
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Hogan Lovells | Italy | 10 Apr 2019

Towards the adoption of national templates for CTAs

The Italian Medicines Agency recently opened a public consultation on national templates for medicinal products and medical devices to be used in clinical trials carried out in Italy. The public consultation will hopefully help to clarify whether such templates should be considered mandatory and to what extent they may be replaced by sponsors' templates or be subject to negotiation and......
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Forsters LLP | United Kingdom | 8 Mar 2019

Consultation published for SDLT surcharge for non-residents acquiring residential property

The government recently published a consultation proposing the introduction of a 1% stamp duty land tax surcharge on non-residents acquiring residential property in England and Northern Ireland. The proposals include applying the surcharge to non-resident individuals, companies, partnerships and trusts. However, the government is considering relief for non-UK resident individuals who are......
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Rokas Law Firm | Greece | 14 Jan 2019

Overview of RES state aid scheme implementation

The second regular wind and photovoltaic (PV) state aid auction held in December 2018 resulted in the award of all of the capacities for two of the three categories of renewable energy system project, a significant (up to 26%) reduction in the reference prices compared with the initial reference prices and the cancellation of the auction for large PV projects by the Regulatory Energy......
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Howse Williams 何韋律師行 | Hong Kong | 8 Jan 2019

HKIA launches public consultation to update its guidelines

The Hong Kong Insurance Authority (HKIA) will take over the regulation of insurance intermediaries from the three self-regulatory organisations in mid-2019. Given that there are several sets of competence standards across these organisations, it is necessary to consolidate and update them in line with the statutory requirements to improve protection for policyholders. As such, the HKIA......
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Advokatfirmaet Grette AS | Norway | 2 Nov 2018

FSAN publishes draft regulation on prudent consumer lending practices

In 2017 the Financial Supervisory Authority of Norway (FSAN) published guidelines on prudent consumer lending practices. However, in order to strengthen the FSAN's ability to ensure that the 2017 guidelines are actually implemented, it has now proposed that they be converted into a regulation. This would make it easier for the FSAN to impose penalties on institutions that fail to comply with......
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Stek | Netherlands | 22 Oct 2018

New milestones to combat climate change

The government is working hard to achieve its climate goals and has set new milestones to implement a carbon price floor, a climate agreement and the Climate Act. Further, in a landmark judgment, The Hague Appeal Court recently ordered the government to do more to combat climate change. The appeal court's judgment is unprecedented and may serve as a wake-up call for other governments worldwide.
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Kincaid | Mendes Vianna Advogados | Brazil | 8 Oct 2018

ANP issues draft resolution regarding foreign trade activities

The National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels recently published Public Hearing and Public Consultation Notice 13/2018. The notice divulges a new draft resolution to control foreign trade activities relating to biofuels, petroleum and its by-products and natural gas by-products. The draft resolution also revamps the previous consent procedure for requests to import and export......
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Shay & Partners | Taiwan | 5 Sep 2018

NCC responds to public consultation on 5G spectrum planning

The National Communications Commission (NCC) recently responded to comments from mobile network operators and equipment suppliers in a public consultation on 5G spectrum planning and auction preparation. The NCC confirmed that, in addition to the 3.4GHz to 3.6GHz bands, the 28GHz, 1,700MHz to 1,900MHz and 700MHz to 800MHz bands are expected to be released for 5G use and will likely be made......
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Studio Legale e Tributario Biscozzi Nobili Piazza | Italy, OECD | 20 Jul 2018

Implementing BEPS Actions 8 to 10

The new principles introduced by Actions 8 to 10 of the Base Erosion and Profit Shifting project have been reflected in Italy through Decree-Law 50/2017's amendments to Article 110(7) of the Income Tax Code. The new article includes a specific reference to the arm's-length principle and provides for implementing provisions to be issued by the Ministry of Finance to align with international......
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