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Russian Federation: Government Shortens List of Professions in Which Women’s Employment Is Restricted

(Oct. 7, 2019) On July 18, 2019, the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of the Russian Federation issued an order shortening the list of professions in which women’s employment is restricted. (Order of the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of the Russian Federation No. 512, On Approval of the List of Industries, Jobs […]

Russia: Law Regulating Sale and Return of Tickets to Cultural Events and Museums Comes into Effect

(Sept. 30, 2019) On July 18, 2019, the president of the Russian Federation signed into law a bill regulating the sale and return of tickets to cultural events and admissions to museums. (Federal Law on Amending the Law of the Russian Federation on Fundamentals of the Legislation of the Russian Federation on Culture, July 18, […]

Ukraine: New Law Makes Charging Stations More Accessible and Requires Designated Lanes for Electric Vehicles

(Sept. 24, 2019) On July 11, 2019, the president of Ukraine signed into a law a bill on facilitating access to charging stations and requiring designated lanes for electric vehicles. (Law of Ukraine on Amendments to Some Legislative Acts of Ukraine on Creating Access to Charging Station Infrastructure for Electric Vehicles, July 11, 2019). The […]

Russia: Law on Conducting Experiment Concerning Establishment of Quotas for Atmospheric Pollutants Adopted

(Sept. 23, 2019) On July 26, 2019, the president of the Russian Federation signed into law a bill aimed at setting temporary quotas for pollutant emissions. The Federal Law on Conducting an Experiment Concerning the Setting of Quotas for Emissions of Pollutants and Amending Certain Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation on Reducing Air Pollution (Emissions Quota […]

Russia: Class Action Lawsuits Now Allowed in the Courts of General Jurisdiction

(Aug. 26, 2019) On July 18, 2019, the President of the Russian Federation signed into law a bill allowing class action lawsuits in the courts of general jurisdiction. The new law, the Law on Amending Select Legislative Acts of the Russian Federation, July 18, 2019, also amended the Arbitration Procedure Code to allow individuals to […]

Estonia: Government Issues Artificial Intelligence Report

(July 31, 2019) In May 2019 a multidisciplinary group of experts, headed by the Chief Information Officer of Estonia’s government, produced a study on artificial intelligence (AI) that, if accepted by the government, may serve as the country’s first AI strategy. While the report is not a legal document, it aims at outlining the principles […]

Russian Federation: Experimental E-voting to Be Conducted in Moscow City Duma Elections

(June 24, 2019) On May 29, 2019, the President of the Russian Federation signed a federal law allowing experimental distance electronic voting in the elections of representatives of the Moscow City Duma (state legislature). (Russian Federation Federal Law on Conducting an Experiment on the Organization and Implementation of Remote Electronic Voting in Elections of Deputies […]

Czech Republic: Government Adopts National Artificial Intelligence Strategy

(June 5, 2019) On May 6, 2019, the Czech government adopted its National Artificial Intelligence [AI] Strategy. (Press Release, Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic, The Czech Republic Is Among the Elite in Presenting a Strategy for the Development of Artificial Intelligence (May 6, 2019).) According to the Ministry of Industry and […]

Lithuania: Installation of Anti-alcohol Blocking Devices Now Required for Those Convicted of Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol

(May 31, 2019) On March 26, 2019, the Seimas (Lithuanian legislature) adopted amendments to the Code of Administrative Violations that penalize drivers convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol for operating vehicles without anti-alcohol blocking devices. The amendments are effective from January 1, 2020. (Lietuvos Respublikos Administraciniu Nusizengimu Kodekso 27, 34, 420, 422, 423, […]

Russian Federation: Legislation Adopted Penalizing Use and Distribution of Prohibited Substances in Sports

(May 28, 2019) On May 1, 2019, the Russian Federation adopted the Law on Amending Articles 3.5 and 6.18 of the Code of Administrative Violations, which prescribes fines for athletes who use doping. (Federal’nii Zakon ot 05-01-2019 No. 96-FZ О Vnesenii Izmeninii V Stat’i 3.5 i 6.18 Kodeksa Rossiiskoi Federatsii ob Administrativnikh Pravonarusheniyakh [Federal Law […]