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Iran: Cabinet Abandons Directive on Scrapping Old Cars to Reduce Air Pollution

(Dec. 5, 2017) Pressure from Iran’s automakers and the country’s Ministry of Industry, Mines and Trade has led to the cancellation by the Council of Ministers (Cabinet) of a recently adopted directive aimed at combating the high levels of air pollution in Iran’s big cities, 80% of which comes from automotive sources. (Ameer Hossein Askarian, […]

Iran: Law to Protect Wetlands

(July 10, 2017) In an effort to counteract the combined effects of climate change, water crises, and human activities that have turned Iran’s once-thriving wetlands into sources of dust and sand storms, the Iranian Parliament has passed the Law to Protect, Restore, and Manage the Country’s Wetlands (Wetlands Protection Law). (Law on Wetlands Protection Ready, […]

Italy: New Legislation on Alternative Fuels in Force

(Feb. 13, 2017) On January 14, 2017, new legislation implementing European Union regulations on alternative fuels entered into effect in Italy. (Legislative Decree No. 257 of December 16, 2016, Implementing Directive 2014/94/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 October 2014 on the Deployment of Alternative Fuels Infrastructure (L.D. No. 257), GAZZETTA […]

Cuba/United States: Agreement on Oil Spill Preparedness

(Jan. 17, 2017) On January 9, 2017, it was announced that authorities from the United States and Cuba had signed an agreement covering matters related to preparedness for and responses to incidents of hazardous substance pollution and oil spills in the Straits of Florida and the Gulf of Mexico. (Press Release, United States and Cuba […]

Indonesia: Plan to Modify Rules on Natural Gas

(Dec. 18, 2015) It was reported on December 11, 2015, that the Indonesian government is planning to revise the 2015 Regulation of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources on Provisions and Procedures for Determining the Allocation, Utilization, and Price of Natural Gas (Regulation No. 37, 2015). The goal of the revision is to stimulate […]

Turkey: Draft Guidelines on Consumption Tax

(Mar. 2, 2015) It was reported on February 27, 2015, that Turkey’s Revenue Administration has published draft guidelines on excise taxes. (René Offermanns, Turkey: Draft Guidelines on Excise Duty Published, TAX NEWS SERVICE (Feb. 27, 2015), International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation online subscription database; Özel Tüketim Vergisi (I) Sayili Liste Uygulama Genel TebligÂÂ?i [General Guidelines […]

Indonesia: Government to Permit Extra Distribution of Subsidized Fuel

(Dec. 17, 2014) Indonesia’s government plans to issue a regulation that would permit the distribution of a greater quantity of fuel at subsidized prices, beyond the amount set in the 2014 state budget, should the need arise. The regulation would be in effect until the end of the year, and the fuel would be distributed […]

Ghana: New Tax on Petroleum Products

(Dec. 2, 2014) On November 19, 2014, Ghana’s Parliament adopted into law controversial legislation that introduces a special petroleum tax of 17.5% on certain petroleum products. The products include “petrol, diesel, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), natural gas and kerosene.” (Eric Kwaku Kegya, Ghana: Special Petroleum Tax Bill Enacted, TAX NEWS SERVICE (Nov. 21, 2014), International […]

Poland: Delay in Adoption of New Law on Hydrocarbon Tax and Amendment of Law on Mineral Extraction Tax

(June 13, 2014) It was recently reported that in a first reading on May 7, 2014, Poland’s Parliament failed to reach consensus on draft legislation proposing a new Law on Hydrocarbon Tax, amendments to the Law on Mineral Extraction Tax, and some other laws. The draft was therefore sent to the relevant parliamentary subcommittees for […]

Mexico: Constitutional Amendment on Energy

(Feb. 12, 2014) In December 2013, the Mexican government approved an amendment to a number of provisions on energy in the country’s Constitution. (Decreto por el que se Reforman y Adicionan Diversas Disposiciones de la Constitución Política de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos, en Materia de Energía [Decree that Amends Provisions of Mexico’s Constitution Concerning Energy], […]