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Italy: Updated Legislation on Territorial Entities and their Financial Stability

(July 22, 2015) On June 20, 2015, Decree-Law No. 78, on sub-national territorial entities, entered into effect in Italy. (Decree-Law No. 78 of June 19, 2015, Urgent Provisions on Territorial Entities [D.L. No. 78], GAZETTA UFFICIALE, No. 140 (June 19, 2015), NORMATTIVA (in Italian).) Fresh Funds for Disaster Relief The new legislation approves the goals […]

Italy: Extension of Deadlines for Reorganization of Government Entities

(Feb. 4, 2015) Italy has passed additional legislation, effective on December 31, 2014, aimed at promoting efficiency and eliminating government bureaucracy. (Legislative Decree No. 192 of December 31, 2014, Extension of Deadlines Set in Several Laws (D.L. No. 192), GAZETTA UFFICIALE No. 302, NORMATTIVA (in Italian).) D.L. No. 192 establishes a series of provisions extending […]

Mongolia: Decision on Increasing Civil Servant Salaries and Pensions

(Feb. 2, 2015) It was reported on January 19, 2015, that on January 15, the Mongolian government issued a decision to increase salaries and pensions for the country’s civil servants by 10%. The move is based on the Agreement of Labor and Society, a municipal labor concession agreement reached by the Trilateral National Commission for […]

Ukraine: Lustration of Government Officials Started

(Oct. 29, 2014) On October 9, 2014, the President of Ukraine signed the “Law on Cleansing of the Authorities,” widely known as the Law on Lustration. (Law No. 1682-VII (Sept. 16, 2014) [in Ukrainian], Verkhovna Rada [the Ukrainian parliament] website.) The Law establishes a lustration policy and a timetable of reviews that will be conducted […]

Brazil: Blacks Will Have 20% of Available Executive Branch Positions

(June 18, 2014) According to article 1 of Law No. 12,990, sanctioned by Brazilian President Dilma Roussef on June 9, 2014, blacks are to be guaranteed 20% of the positions available in the Executive Branch of the government. (Paulo Victor Chagas, Lei de Cotas no Serviço Público é Sancionada, AGÊNCIA BRASIL (June 9, 2014); Lei […]

Kenya: Parliament to Criminalize Use of Wrong Title to Address Top Government Officials

(May 9, 2014) Kenya’s Parliament is considering a bill, the Order of Precedence Bill, 2014, which, among other goals, is aimed at “providing a yardstick for determining the proper position of all officer[s], their seniority and hierarchy for the purpose of state functions.” (Jeremiah Kiplang’at, You Risk Sh2m Fine Not Calling MP ‘Honourable’, DAILY NATION […]

France: New Law Places Limits on Holding Multiple Political Offices

(Feb. 18, 2014) On January 22, 2014, the French Parliament adopted two laws placing limits on the ability of politicians to hold multiple concurrent political offices. (Projet de loi interdisant le cumul de fonctions exécutives locales avec le mandat de représentant au Parlement européen [Draft Law to Prohibit the Concurrent Holding of Local Executive Offices […]

Romania: Court Finds Immunity Law Unconstitutional

(Jan. 23, 2014) On January 15, 2014, the Constitutional Court of Romania issued a ruling finding unconstitutional draft legislation that would grant public officials immunity from prosecution. The amendments to the Criminal Law, adopted by the Romanian legislature on December 9, 2013, would have made it harder to prosecute elected officials, provided legislators and government […]

Japan: Government Employees Permitted Leave to Accompany Spouses Abroad

(Dec. 24, 2013) At the end of November 2013, the Diet (Japan’s parliament) adopted acts that enable public servants to take leave without pay for up to three years when they reside abroad in order to live with their spouses who are sent overseas by their employers. The government employer can hire a temporary employee […]

India; United States: Arrest of Diplomat Affecting Bilateral Ties

(Dec. 19, 2013) On December 17, 2013, it was reported that the Indian government had lodged a formal complaint with Nancy Powell, the U.S. ambassador to India, following the arrest in New York of an Indian diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, India’s Deputy Consul General in New York. Khobragade is accused of “making false statements and visa […]