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Bosnia-Herzegovina: Social Security Contributions Law

(Dec. 7, 2009) On November 23, 2009, implementation regulations for the Law on a Single System of Registration, Control and Collection of Social Security Contributions (the Law) of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (FBH) were published in the country's official gazette. The Law itself was published on July 6, 2009, and is applicable after […]

European Union: Albania’s Progress on Candidacy for Membership

(Nov. 20, 2009) In April 2009, Albania, following its admission to NATO, immediately applied to join the EU. On November 16, 2009, the foreign ministers of the European Union Member States approved Albania's request to officially become a candidate country. The next step in the process of Albania achieving candidate status lies with the European […]

Pakistan: Bill to Reorganize Nuclear, Space Authorities

(Nov. 17, 2009) On November 11, 2009, Azra Fazal Pechuho, chairperson the Standing Committee on Defence of Pakistan's National Assembly, proposed a bill in the National Assembly for the establishment of a National Command Authority (NCA). This authority would control the research, development, production, and use of nuclear and space technologies. It would also be […]

Pakistan: Bill to Reorganize Nuclear, Space Authorities

(Nov. 17, 2009) According to a report in the Lahore newspaper THE DAILY TIMES, on November 11, 2009, Azra Fazal Pechuho, chairperson of the Standing Committee on Defence of Pakistan's National Assembly, proposed a bill in the National Assembly for the establishment of a National Command Authority (NCA). This authority would control the research, development, […]

Ireland: Referendum on EU Operations Passes

(Oct. 7, 2009) In a referendum held on October 2, 2009, the voters of Ireland ratified the Treaty of Lisbon – a European Union (EU) agreement that would make a number of significant changes to the EU's operational and decision-making procedures and powers – by a margin of approximately 67 percent in favor to 33 […]

Mexico: New Law of the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic

(June 9, 2009) On May 29, 2009, the Mexican government officially published the New Organic Law of the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic (PGR), which entered into force the following day. Among other features, the statute establishes a new structure for the PGR and creates a system of regional coordinator administrative units […]

Mozambique: Bill to Put Criminal Investigation under Autonomous Body

(May 15, 2009) It was reported on May 13, 2009, that the Mozambican government approved a bill that puts criminal investigation, which until now has been a police function, under the jurisdiction the Criminal Investigation Service (SICRIM). Although SICRIM will be part of the Interior Ministry, its administration will be autonomous and it will be […]

Nigeria: Bill Granting More Powers to Auditor-General Rejected

(May 14, 2009) It was reported on May 8, 2009, that a bill seeking to make Nigeria's Auditor-General independent of the executive body and create an audit commission, entitled “Act to provide for additional powers and functions for the office of the Auditor General of the Federation and for matters connected therewith,” was refused a […]

Russia: New Procedures for Appointment of Governors

(May 6, 2009) On April 23, 2009, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed into law a series of amendments to federal laws that will affect the activities of political parties, the election of governors, and some issues of municipal self-government. The amendment on gubernatorial elections transfers the right to recommend individuals to be nominated as candidates […]

European Union; Finland: Submission of Report on EU Policy

(May 5, 2009) In its Government Report on Finland's EU Policy, submitted to the European Union on April 8, 2009, the Finnish government recommends a number of new guidelines for the EU. The report suggests that: EU net membership fees have a ceiling applicable to all Member States (no ceiling is specified; “[w]e have to […]