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Energy Sector Opportunities

By Andrzej Tokaj, Penteris

Lawyers and energy sector experts from Poland (Penteris), France (De Gaulle Fleurance & Associés), Saudi Arabia (AlMaghthawi & Partners), China (DaWo Law Firm Shanghai), South Africa (ENSafrica), and India (Khaitan & Co) have come together to examine current trends on the energy market. Here are some of the key trends.

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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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Post-Brexit Immigration Challenges in the Netherlands

By Wytske Wijnnobel, LIMES International B.V.

Nothing new under the sun: the UK left the EU on 31 January 2020. Up to 31 December 2020, there was a transition period, making it possible for UK nationals to continue living and working in the Netherlands. As of 01 January 2021, living and working in and travelling to the Netherlands is not to be taken for granted. Due to Brexit, individuals and companies need to pay serious attention to the immigration requirements.

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Gibraltar Joins Schengen Area

By Christopher Pitaluga, Abacus Financial Services Ltd

It’s funny how once-in-a-generation opportunities tend to come, well, once in a generation. In the case of Gibraltar’s recent agreement with Spain and the UK to formalise a treaty by 30 June 2021 that will see Gibraltar join the Schengen area and achieve customs alignment with the EU, it’s a once-in-two-generations event.

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US Visa Options for Foreign Businesses and Entrepreneurs

By Mohammad Ali Syed, Offt Kurman Attorneys At Law

The L intracompany transfer visa and the E treaty-investor and trader visas are excellent options for international businesses to expand operations in the US. Foreign businesses, regardless of nationality, can send executives, managers, and other workers to work for existing or new offces in the US under the L visa category. The E visa category is available only to businesses and nationals of certain countries that have treaties with the US.

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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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