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Thailand: Draft Laws to Promote Digital Economy

(Dec. 17, 2014) On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand’s Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry.  (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for Draft Laws on Digital Economy Committee, Restructuring of ICT Ministry, NATION (Dec. 16, 2014).) One proposed law is on […]

Ukraine: New Law on State Attorneys

(Nov. 4, 2014) On October 14, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s legislature, adopted the Law on the Procuracy. (Rada Starts the Reform of Law Enforcement by Passing the Law on Procuracy [in Russian], NEWSRU.UA (Oct. 14, 2014).) The procuracy system is the main law enforcement institution in the post-Soviet countries; the office was inherited from […]

Portugal: Government Establishes Inter-Ministerial Coordination Commission on Ebola

(Oct. 28, 2014) On October 23, 2014, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved the creation of a commission designed to coordinate the responses to and political decisions on the ebola virus, among all sectors of government. The Inter-Ministerial Commission on the Coordination of the Response to Ebola, headed by the Ministry of Health, will comprise […]

Armenia: Concept for Constitutional Amendments Announced

(May 9, 2014) On April 10, 2014, the Commission on Constitutional Reforms, established under the President of Armenia, announced the proposed Concept for Constitutional Amendments, which will be drafted at a later date. The final Concept will be based on the ideas included in this 45-page paper, published on the Armenian Ministry of Justice website. […]

Armenia: Law on Limiting Political Activities of the Control Chamber Proposed

(Mar. 24, 2014) On March 6, 2014, the Armenian Cabinet of Ministers approved amendments to the nation’s Law on the Control Chamber, drafted by the Ministry of Justice. These amendments will be proposed to the National Assembly (the parliament) on the Cabinet’s legal initiative. (Press Release, Attracting Investment Seen as a Government Priority (Mar. 6, […]

Ukraine: New Measures to Save Government Spending

(Mar. 21, 2014) On March 1, 2014, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine adopted a resolution aimed at implementing urgent measures to save government funds and decrease future government spending. (Government Resolution No. 65 of March 1, 2014 on Saving State Funds and Prevention of Further Expenditures [in Ukrainian], Cabinet of Ministers website (click on […]

Philippines; United States: Agreement to Launch Trade Transparency Unit

(July 9, 2013) On June 20, 2013, the Philippine Bureau of Customs (BOC) and the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement signed a letter of intent to set up a trade transparency unit in <?Manila, in order to share information and detect commercial fraud and money laundering in trade transactions. […]

Croatia; European Union: Enlargement

(July 8, 2013) On July 1, 2013, <?Croatia, a state belonging to the former Socialist Republic of Yugoslavia until 1992 and with a population of under five million, officially joined the European Union, becoming the EU's 28th Member State. Croatia had formally applied to join the EU in 2003. However, the EU postponed the opening […]

China: Ministry of Railways Dismantled

(Apr. 4, 2013) On March 10, 2013, the Chinese government announced a new government restructuring plan at the plenary meeting of the First Session of the 12th National People’s Congress (NPC). (Full text of the restructuring plan [in Chinese], XINHUANET (Mar. 10, 2013); for major changes made by the plan, see Factbox: Main Changes in […]

Georgia: Public Service Halls

(Nov. 6, 2012) On September 21, 2012, the Public Service Hall, also called the House of Justice, opened in the Georgian capital city of <?Tbilisi. This office, with about 400 Ministry of Justice employees, provides about 300 different types of services any of which may take up to a month to perform. (The Most Extensive […]