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Switzerland: Swiss Voters to Decide on Initiative for Democratic Control over War Material Exports

(Aug. 28, 2019) On July 16, 2019, the Swiss government announced that the popular initiative called the “Against Weapons-Exports to Regions Affected by Civil War (Correction-Initiative)” has achieved the required 100,000 signatures to be put to a vote. The initiative seeks to increase democratic control over the regulation of war material exports by inscribing the fundamental […]

Netherlands: Burqa Ban Enters into Force

(Aug. 27, 2019) On August 1, 2019, the “Act Partially Prohibiting Face-Covering Clothing,”also known as the “Burqa Ban,” entered into force in the Netherlands. The Act prohibits the wearing of clothing that completely or partially conceals the face in spaces where people are expected to communicate with each other. Thus, face-covering clothing is banned on […]

Switzerland: Consultation Process on Marriage Equality Proposal Concludes

(Aug. 26, 2019) On June 21, 2019, the Federal Assembly—the Swiss parliament—concluded the consultation process on the parliamentary “Marriage for All” initiative, through which interested parties, in accordance with the Federal Act on the Consultation Procedure and the Decree on the Consultation Procedure, were able to voice their opinion on the Draft Revision of the […]

European Union: New Rules to Fight Crimes Against the EU’s Budget Take Effect

(Aug. 7, 2019) On July 6, 2019, Directive (EU) 2017/1371 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 5 July 2017 on the Fight Against Fraud to the Union’s Financial Interests by Means of Criminal Law (PIF Directive) took effect. The PIF Directive is part of the European Commission’s Anti-Fraud Strategy to strengthen the […]

European Union: New Directive on Work-Life Balance for Parents and Caregivers

(July 29, 2019) On July 12, 2019, the European Union (EU) published a Directive on Work-Life Balance for Parents and Carers in the Official Journal of the European Union (O.J.). (Directive (EU) 2019/1158 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 June 2019 on Work-Life Balance for Parents and Carers and Repealing Council […]

European Union: European Court of Justice Rules on German Highway Toll for Passenger Vehicles

(July 11, 2019) On June 18, 2019, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) held that the German highway toll for passenger vehicles is incompatible with European Union (EU) law, in particular with the principles of the free movement of goods and the freedom to provide services. It stated that the toll in combination with the […]

Switzerland: Parliament Takes Significant Step Toward Adopting Paid Paternity Leave

(July 3, 2019) On June 20, 2019, the Swiss Federal Assembly (Bundesversammlung), the Swiss parliament, took a significant step toward adopting paid paternity leave provisions. The Swiss Council of States (Ständerat), the upper chamber of parliament, agreed to a parliamentary initiative that would introduce two weeks of paid paternity leave. (Parlamentarische Initiative SGK-SR. Indirekter Gegenentwurf […]

Germany: Regulation to Allow Use of E-scooters on Public Roads Enacted

(June 25, 2019) On June 14, 2019, a regulation was published in Germany’s Federal Law Gazette that allows the use of light electric vehicles on public roads. Light electric vehicles include, among other things, e-scooters and Segways. Riders must use bike lanes or, if none are available, the street. Previously, the use of e-scooters was […]