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Italy: Legislation on Public Financing for Political Parties

(Mar. 11, 2014) On February 28, 2014, a decree ending direct public financing of political parties entered into effect in Italy. (Decreto Legge 28 dicembre 2013, n. 149, Abolizione del finanziamento pubblico diretto, disposizioni per la trasparenza e la democraticita’ dei partiti e disciplina della contribuzione volontaria e della contribuzione indiretta in loro favore [Elimination […]

Italy: New Measures to Respond to Environmental Emergencies

(Feb. 14, 2014) Italy’s Senate adopted a decree on “Urgent Measures Designed to Tackle Environmental and Industrial Emergencies and to Facilitate the Development of the Concerned Areas,” on February 5, 2014. (Legislative Decree No. 136 [hereinafter the Decree] (Dec. 10, 2013), NORMATTIVA.) The Decree aims to address the current environmental emergencies in the regions of […]

Italy: Implementation of Law Amending Status of Natural Children

(Jan. 30, 2014) Legislative Decree 154 of December 28, 2013 (hereinafter L.D. 154)is scheduled to enter into effect on February 7, 2014, and amends several provisions of the Italian Civil Code concerning filiation. (Decreto Legislativo 28 dicembre 2013, n. 154, NORMATTIVA; Civil Code (Oct. 21, 2013), ALTALEX [note that this version does not contain the […]

Italy: Urgent Measures Concerning Education, Higher Education, and Research

(Nov. 29, 2013) Italy adopted a Decree-Law in September 2013 containing emergency measures designed to bolster classroom instruction, higher education, and research activities throughout the country. (Decreto-Legge 12 settembre 2013, n. 104 [Decree-Law No. 104, September 12, 2013] (effective the same day),NORMATTIVA, as amended and updated by Legge 8 novembre 2013, n. 128 [Law No. […]

Italy: Tax Incentives and Other Measures to Tackle Youth Unemployment

(Sept. 9, 2013) Italy adopted a Decree-Law in June 2013, which was amended in August 2013, that is designed to promote youth employment in the country. (DECRETO-LEGGE, 28 giugno 2013, n. 76 [Decree-Law No. 76, June 28, 2013], effective the same day, NORMATTIVA; LEGGE, 9 agosto 2013, n. 99, NORMATTIVA.) To meet its purpose, the […]

Italy: Recognition of Natural Children

(July 1, 2013) Law 219 of December 10, 2012 (LEGGE 10 dicembre 2012, n. 219, NORMATTIVA), which entered into effect on December 17, 2012, amended the legal status of children born out of wedlock (“natural” children). The Law overhauled numerous provisions of the Italian Civil Code and its implementing regulations, in order to establish a […]

Italy: Draft Legislation to Eliminate Public Financing for Political Parties

(June 7, 2013) On May 31, 2013, the Italian Council of Ministers approved draft legislation to eliminate public financing for political parties and to regulate the voluntary contributions made to them. (Press Release, Council of Ministers, Communication No. 6, GOVERNO ITALIANO (May 31, 2013).) The new rules are designed to foster internal democracy, transparency, and […]

Honduras: Laws Create a New Legal Framework for the Promotion of Economic Development

(Sept. 7, 2011) Honduras passed a legislative package during 2010 aimed at boosting the economic development of the country. This package is composed of three major laws. The first is Legislative Decree 107-2010, containing the Law on Supplementary Income in Rural and Sub-Urban Areas, published in the GACETA OFICIAL (G.O.) on August 21, 2010. The […]

Colombia: Recognition of Aboriginal Languages

(Sept. 1, 2010) On January 25, 2010, Colombia adopted Law 1381, which develops and regulates certain provisions of the Political Constitution and of Law 21 of 1991, which had approved Convention 169 of the International Labour Organization concerning Indigenous and Tribal Peoples in Independent Countries. Law 1381 regulates the recognition, promotion, protection, use, preservation, and […]

Colombia: Individual Insolvency Law

(Sept. 1, 2010) Colombia's Law 1380 of January 25, 2010, establishes the insolvency regimen for natural persons (with the exception of merchants). This new insolvency regime allows debtors who are Colombian residents to negotiate any type of debt with their creditors in a non-judicial, conciliation procedure. Alimony obligations are the only exception to this benefit. […]