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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 […]

Pakistan: New Law on Local Governance for Sindh Province Promulgated

(Sept. 14, 2012) On September 6, 2012, the Governor of Pakistan’s Sindh Province, Dr. Ishrat ul Ebad, promulgated the Sindh People’s Local Government Ordinance (SPLGO) 2012, introducing a new “mixed” system of local governance there. Under the new system, five cities in the province (Karachi, Hyderabad, Larkana, MirPurKhas, and Sukkur) would be administered as “metropolitan […]

Egypt: Government Rejects Draft Law on the Impeachment of the President

(Mar. 27, 2012) On March 21, 2012, the Assistant Minister of Justice in the current cabinet rejected the draft law submitted by Members of Parliament on the impeachment of the President. The draft law would grant to the legislative branch the right to interrogate the President, remove him from office, and impose other punishments against […]

Denmark: Plan to Rewrite Law on Visa Procedures

(Jan. 17, 2012) Denmark's Justice Minister Morten Bødskov recently made it known to a Danish newspaper that the government is planning to revise a 2011 law that changed procedures for requesting visas. While no visa is required for citizens of nations in the Schengen region to visit other countries in the region, including Denmark, the […]

Russia: Ministry of Finance Will Distribute Aid for Foreign Development

(Sept. 21, 2011) On August 26, 2011, the Government of the Russian Federation adopted a proposal of the Ministry of Finance to amend the Federal Law on Government of the Russian Federation by establishing the Federal International Development Agency. The new agency will develop assistance programs, distribute Russia's official development assistance, and supervise projects aimed […]