Blockchain

Italian Parliament Recognises Blockchain and Smart Contracts

By Patrizia Giannini, S4B Solutions 4 Business

Today, Blockchain is the one of the most discussed topics all over the world. On 13 February 2019, the Italian Parliament approved a law which recognises the legal validity of Blockchain and its applications in Smart Contracts; moreover, at the end of 2018, Italy formed a 30-member advisory panel focused on Blockchain and its applications.

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Renewable energies: new legislation in Germany concerning the EEG

By Dr. Carolin Klein, LUTZ | ABEL

The amendment to the promotion of renewable energy characterised the year 2014 to a great degree. The Renewable Energy Act (EEG 2014) which came into force on 1 August 2014 initiated the changeover to a new system for the promotion of renewable energy. Unless the facility operators are subject to specific exemptions, operators of new plants are generally required by EEG 2014 to sell their generated electricity through the electricity market.

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Offshore wind energy in the Netherlands

By Götz Hempel, TeekensKarstens advocaten notarissen

One of the connecting subjects between the Netherlands, Germany and Scandinavian countries are issues regarding renewable energy, namely on- and offshore wind energy. Especially the conditions for offshore wind energy in the Netherlands are excellent: relatively shallow waters, good wind resource, good harbour facilities, experienced industries and a new, robust support system.

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Price decline of emission certificates to be stopped

A quarter of the CO2 emissions certificates that are planned to be released by 2015 will not be put on the market until 2019 and 2020. On February 19, 2013, the European Parliament's Environment Committee issued this proposal for approval by the EU Commission. This is to prevent the industrial sector from stocking up on emissions certificates at dumping prices.

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Update on Labour Law in the Netherlands: International trade regulation

By Huub Kapel, LIMES International B.V.

As of 1 July 2017, the new ‘International trade regulation’ is applicable. This regulation offers Dutch employers more possibilities to temporarily employ non-EU nationals in the Netherlands without a separate work permit. The Dutch minimum wage and holiday allowance must be applied. There is no other salary requirement. Employees falling within the scope of the Intra Corporate Transferees Directive are excluded.

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Nigeria’s New Visa on Arrival

By Helen E. Ijewere, Nolands Nigeria

Nigeria launched the Visa On Arrival (VOA) in March 2017. The process is:
1. Obtain Visa On Arrival Approval Letter
2. Pay for VOA Online
3. Arrive at the Port Entry and Proceed to Immigration

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Taking up residence in Switzerland

By Claudia Mattig and Dr Willy Huber, Treuhand- und Revisionsgesellschaft Mattig-Suter & Partner

Moving to Switzerland needs to be considered carefully and must be prepared, planned, organised and carried out with attention to detail. Otherwise there might be many unpleasant surprises, disappointments and problems, and above all there might be problems with Swiss laws. Anyone intending to move to Switzerland should study those requirements and regulations of Swiss law which are important to them and this should be done in good time, as well as during and after moving to Switzerland.

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