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Colombia: Registration of Venezuelan Nationals for Legal Immigration Status Begins

(May 13, 2021) On May 5, 2021, the Colombian government began the first phase of registering Venezuelan citizens under the Temporary Statute of Protection for Venezuelan Migrants (TSPVM), which was adopted under Decreto 216/2021 of March 1, 2021. According to Migración Colombia, the Colombian government agency in charge of immigration, about 54% of Venezuelans in […]

Ecuador: National Assembly Approves Amendment to Law on Human Mobility

(Mar. 26, 2021) On February 5, 2021, Ecuador’s National Assembly approved reforms to the Organic Law of Human Mobility. Among other measures, the changes provide new grounds for the inadmissibility and deportation of foreign citizens. The amendments allow deportation of aliens through administrative procedure. Ecuador’s new rules prohibit admission of foreign nationals who use false […]

Argentina: Congress Passes New Law Requiring Congressional Approval for Public Debt

(Mar. 11, 2021) On March 3, 2021, Argentina’s Congress passed Law 27612 on Public Debt Sustainability, which provides that financing agreements with any international organization must be approved by law. The General Budget Law of the National Administration for each fiscal year is now required to provide a maximum percentage amount assigned to the issuance […]

Ecuador: Law on Restrictions on the Use of Plastic Enters into Force

(Feb. 16, 2021) On December 21, 2020, the Organic Law for the Rationalization, Reuse and Reduction of Single Use Plastics entered into force in Ecuador through its publication in the Registro Oficial, the official gazette. The purpose of the law is to restrict the use of single-use plastic products. Under the new law, the following […]

Spain: Bill on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide Approved by Congress of Deputies, Moves to Senate for Consideration

(Feb. 9, 2021) On December 17, 2020, Bill No. 46-7 on the Organic Law to Regulate Euthanasia was approved by the Plenary of the Spanish Congress of Deputies (lower house) with 198 votes in favor, 138 against, and two abstentions. The bill will now move to the Senate for consideration, where it is likely to […]

Argentina: National Digital Payment System Implemented

(Jan. 28, 2021) On December 7, 2020, the Central Bank of Argentina (Banco Central de la República Argentina, BCRA) implemented the first stage in the rollout of a new national digital payment system. The system, named Transferencias 3.0 (Transfers 3.0), will allow any business or company in the country to charge for its services through payments made through […]

Spain: Decree Law Protecting Tenants in Vulnerable Economic Situations Enacted

(Jan. 13, 2021) On December 22, 2020, the Spanish government enacted Royal Decree-Law 37/2020 to adopt urgent measures to protect people in vulnerable economic situations from losing their housing because of the COVID-19 emergency. The new law allows the tenants of a permanent residence to request an extraordinary suspension of eviction or release because they […]

Argentina: Senate Passes Bill Legalizing Abortion

(Jan. 7, 2021) On December 30, 2020, Argentina’s Senate passed a bill legalizing abortion until the 14th week of pregnancy. The vote, which took place after a 12-hour debate, saw 38 senators supporting the bill, 29 opposing it, and one abstaining. The new law establishes the conditions under which a woman may voluntarily terminate a […]

Spain: Government’s Contact Tracing App Now in Operation Throughout Country

(Nov. 20, 2020) The Spanish government’s official contact tracing application, “Radar Covid,” achieved nationwide operation on October 27, 2020, when the Catalan Health Service began distributing the app’s codes to users. The app has been officially up and running since August 10, but because of “the lack of codes and the slowness of the autonomous […]

Colombia: Congress Passes Law Ratifying Inter-American Convention on the Protection of Human Rights of Older Persons

(Oct. 20, 2020) On September 10, 2020, Colombia’s Congress passed Law No. 2055 to ratify the Inter-American Convention on the Protection of Human Rights of Older Persons. The convention had been adopted at the General Assembly of the Organization of American States in Washington, DC, on June 15, 2015, and entered into force on January […]