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United Kingdom: Consultation on Additional Drone Regulations Proposed

(Jan. 18, 2017) The Government of the United Kingdom recently issued a consultation document that contains additional proposals for the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones.  Drone technology is of growing economic importance; it is estimated it will be worth £102 billion (about US$126 billion) by 2025.  The government wishes Britain to become “the global go-to place for […]

Australia: Import Ban on Lever-Action Shotguns with Magazine Capacity over Five Rounds to Continue

(Nov. 28, 2016) On November 21, 2016, during a late-night session, the Australian Senate voted on a motion, put forward by Senator David Leyonhjelm, to disallow a regulation that would continue an existing ban on the importation of lever-action shotguns with a magazine capacity of more than five rounds.  (Commonwealth, Parliamentary Debates, Senate, 21 November […]

Italy: Law to Increase Efficiency of Judicial Procedures

(Nov. 9, 2016) On August 31, 2016, new legislation designed to increase the efficiency of judicial proceedings entered into effect in Italy. (Decree Law No. 168 of August 31, 2016, Urgent Measures for the Settlement of Contentious Procedures Before the Court of Cassation [Supreme Court for Civil Matters], for the Efficiency of the Judiciary, and […]

UAE: Possible New Regulations for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

(Oct. 19, 2016) The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is reportedly working on enacting new laws to more tightly regulate the use of unmanned aerial vehicles.  Mohammed Faisal al-Dossari of the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) has been quoted as saying “[t]he Emirates Authority for Standardisation & Metrology (Esma) is working on laws that will […]

Italy: Amendments to the National Budget Law

(Oct. 6, 2016) On September 9, 2016, new legislation amending the national budget entered into effect in Italy. (Law No. 163 of August 4, 2016, Amending Law No. 196 of December 31, 2009, Concerning the Content of the Budget Law, Implementing Article 15 of Law No. 243 of December 24, 2012 (Law No. 163), GAZETTA […]

Italy: Legislation on Local Government in Friuli-Venezia Giulia Region

(Aug. 25, 2016) On August 23, 2016, new legislation permitting Italy’s Friuli-Venezia Giulia Region (F-VGR) to create new local government entities called “metropolitan cities” entered into effect. (Constitutional Law No. 1 of July 28, 2016, Amending the Special Statute of the Friuli-Venezia Giulia Region, Regulated by Constitutional Law No. 1 of January 31, 1963, Concerning Local Entities, […]

Italy: Legislation on the Audit of Government Accounts

(Aug. 18, 2016) On August 5, 2016, new legislation on the statutory audit of governmental accounts entered into effect in Italy. (Legislative Decree No. 135 of July 17, 2016, Implementing EU Directive 2014/56/EU that Amends Directive 2006/43/EC Concerning the Statutory Audit of Annual Accounts and Consolidated Accounts (L.D. No. 135), GAZETTA UFFICIALE, No. 169 (July […]

Italy: Legislation Easing Certification of Business Startups

(Aug. 11, 2016) On July 28, 2016, new legislation on the “certification of initiation of business activities” entered into effect in Italy. (Legislative Decree No. 126 of June 30, 2016, Implementing Delegated Powers for the “Certified Reporting of Initiation of Business Activities” (SCIA) (L.D. No. 126), GAZETTA UFFICIALE, No. 162 (July 13, 2016), NORMATTIVA (in Italian).) […]

The Netherlands: Digitization of Legal System

(July 29, 2016) On July 12, 2016, the Dutch Senate (Eerste Kamer) adopted four pieces of legislation that will implement the digitization of the legal system in the Netherlands. The new provisions will be implemented in phases, beginning in early 2017.  (Senate Votes in Favour of Digitisation of Legal System, Ministry of Security and Justice website […]

Italy: Legislation on Administrative Agency Coordination

(July 27, 2016) On July 3, 2016, new legislation entered into effect in Italy concerning an administrative coordinating mechanism known as a “conference of services” (conferenza di servizi), intended to simplify and expedite the procedures of such conferences.  (Legislative Decree No. 127 of June 30, 2016, Provisions for the Reorganization Concerning the Services Conference, Implementing Article 2 of […]