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Italy: New Omnibus Law Provides for Improved Digital Network Systems, Anti-Mafia Measures, Aid to Airlines, and Other Administrative Regulations

(Aug. 13, 2020) On July 17, 2020, Decree Law No. 76 of July 16, 2020 entered into force in Italy, providing for improved digital network systems, anti-Mafia measures, aid to airlines, and administrative regulations aimed at eliminating and simplifying requirements for economic activities. Improvement of Digital Network Systems and User Access The new law provides […]

Italy: State of Health Emergency Extended until October 15, 2020

(Aug. 11, 2020) On July 29, 2020, the Italian Council of Ministers issued a resolution extending the state of health emergency throughout the national territory until October 15, 2020. The council had originally declared a six-month state of emergency starting on January 31, 2020, thereby amending the general 12-month limit for the duration of nationwide […]

Italy: New Regulations Granting Government Funds to Companies During the Coronavirus Pandemic Enter into Effect

(Apr. 6, 2020) On March 23, 2020, the Ordinance of March 23, 2020, Benefits for Companies During the COVID-19 Emergency issued by the Presidency of the Council of Ministers (Prime Minister’s Office) and the Extraordinary Commissioner for the Implementation of Measures to Contain and Fight the Epidemiological Emergency Caused by COVID-19 (Ordinance No. 4) entered […]

Italy: New Provisions Amending the Civil Protection Code Take Effect

(Mar. 30, 2020) On February 27, 2020, Legislative Decree No. 4 of February 6, 2020 (L.D. No. 4), amending Legislative Decree No. 1 of January 2, 2018, the Code of Civil Protection (C.P.C.) entered into force in Italy. (Decreto Legislativo 6 febbraio 2020, n. 4, Disposizioni Integrative e Correttive del Decreto Legislativo 2 gennaio 2018, […]

Brazil: City of São Paulo Prohibits Bars, Hotels, and Restaurants from Supplying Plastic Cups and Cutlery to Customers

(Jan. 30, 2020) On January 13, 2020, the mayor of the city of São Paulo enacted Law No. 17,261, which prohibits hotels, restaurants, bars, and bakeries, among other commercial establishments, from supplying cups, plates, cutlery, drink shakers, and disposable plastic sticks to customers. (Art. 1.) These provisions also apply to spaces for children’s parties, night […]

Brazil: Insurance on Demand Authorized by Federal Agency Responsible for Control of Insurance Market

(Oct. 7, 2019) On August 26, 2019, Brazil’s Superintendence of Private Insurance (Superintendência de Seguro Privado, SUSEP), issued Act (Circular) No. 592 (Circular SUSEP No. 592, de 26 de Agosto de 2019), which authorizes “on demand” insurance policies.  Such policies may have terms of months, days, hours, minutes, or may even lack a defined deadline, […]

Ukraine: New Law Makes Charging Stations More Accessible and Requires Designated Lanes for Electric Vehicles

(Sept. 24, 2019) On July 11, 2019, the president of Ukraine signed into a law a bill on facilitating access to charging stations and requiring designated lanes for electric vehicles. (Law of Ukraine on Amendments to Some Legislative Acts of Ukraine on Creating Access to Charging Station Infrastructure for Electric Vehicles, July 11, 2019). The […]

Italy: Expansion of Urban DASPO Measures and Powers to Dissolve Provincial and City Councils in Cases of Mafia Infiltration Ruled Unconstitutional

(Sept. 6, 2019) On July 24, 2019, the Italian Constitutional Court declared unconstitutional article 21-bis, paragraph 2(a) of Decree-Law No. 113 of October 4, 2018 (D.L. No. 113), thereby invalidating the expansion of urban DASPOs to protect public decorum and safety on the grounds that such expansion violates the constitutional right to health. (Decision No. […]

Brazil: Provisional Measure Creates Financial Intelligence Unit

(Sept. 5, 2019) On August 19, 2019, Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro enacted Provisional Measure No. 893 (Medida Provisória No. 893, de 19 de Agosto de 2019), which transforms the Financial Activities Control Board (Conselho de Controle de Atividades Financeiras, COAF) into the Financial Intelligence Unit (Unidade de Inteligência Financeira). The Provisional Measure makes the Financial […]