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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 […]

Italy: Legislation to Combat Corruption and Promote Transparency

(July 6, 2016) On June 23, 2016, new legislation on the fight against corruption and the promotion of transparency entered into effect in Italy. (Legislative Decree No. 97 of March 25, 2016, Review and Simplification of Provisions on the Prevention of Corruption and Promotion of Transparency, Correcting Law No. 190 of November 6, 2012, and Legislative Decree No. […]

Vietnam: Stiffer Penalties for Drunk Driving and Other Offenses

(June 20, 2016) On May 26, 2016, the Vietnamese government issued Decree No. 46/2016/ND-CP, on administrative sanctions for road traffic and rail transport violations. Most of the provisions enter into force on August 1, 2016.  The new Decree replaces Decree 171 of 2013 and Decree 107 of 2014.  (Stiffer Fines Await Drunk Drivers, VIETNAM LAW […]

China: Law Passed Tightening Control over Foreign Non-Government Organizations

(June 15, 2016) On April 28, 2016, the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress passed the Law of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) on Administration over the Activities of Overseas Non-Government Organizations Within China, commonly known as the Foreign NGO Law.  The Law will become effective on January 1, 2017.  (Zhonghua Renmin Gongheguo […]

Netherlands: Municipalities May Deploy Flexible Cameras for Surveillance

(Apr. 11, 2016) On March 22, 2016, the Dutch Senate (Eerste Kamer) approved a legislative proposal that gives municipalities in the Netherlands more options in using cameras for surveillance purposes (i.e., CCTV). Instead of relying only on cameras in previously agreed upon, fixed locations, the authorities will be able to deploy cameras flexibly to handle […]

Vietnam: Reduction in State Holdings of Businesses Being Considered

(Mar. 22, 2016) Vietnam’s Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) is considering issuing a decision that would change the status of some state-owned enterprises (SOEs) and open some industrial sectors to more non-state investment. The decision would divide SOEs into three categories: those that are wholly state-owned, those with at least 65% state holdings, and […]

Italy: Decree to Implement European Legislation on Cooperation for Recognition of Professional Degrees

(Mar. 15, 2016) On January 28, 2016, Italy passed new legislation aimed at increasing administrative cooperation for the mutual recognition of academic degrees at the European Union level. (Legislative Decree No. 15 Implementing Directive 2013/55/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council, Amending Directive 2005/36/EC, on the Recognition of Professional Qualifications and Regulation (EU) […]