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    08/02/2024
    Bulgarien

    Bulgarian land acquisition provision deemed incompatible with EU law by CJEU

    On 18 January 2024, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) officially released a long-anticipated judgment in which it ruled that a provision of the Bulgarian Agricultural Land Ownership and Use Act (Article 3B) was incompatible with EU law.Article 3B of the Bulgarian Agricultural Land Ownership and Use Act requires that foreign individuals or entities should have resided or be established in Bulgaria for more than five years to be eligible to acquire agricultural land in Bulgaria, even if they are based in the EU.The CJEU, however, ruled out such restrictions, finding the Bulgarian...
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    06/02/2024
    China

    Amendments of PRC Criminal Law in relation to Corruption in Public and Private Sectors

    On 29 December 2023, the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress ("NPC") has issued the Amendment XII to the Criminal Law of the People's Republic of China (“Amendment XII to the PRC Criminal Law”), which will become effective on 1 March 2024.Following its previous Draft for Comment (see the previous client alert "Stricter Liability Risks for Corruption in China Due to Amendments of PRC Criminal Law"), the Amendment XII to the PRC Criminal Law has confirmed most of the changes that have been proposed previously in its Draft for Comment and has made some additional changes.Foreign-invested...
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    05/02/2024
    China

    2024 – Topics that may Concern You

    In China, companies constantly have to deal with changes in regulations and new laws. This will also continue in 2024.Topics such as update to the PRC Company Law, adapting Joint Ventures in accordance with the PRC Foreign Investment Law and the PRC Company Law, cross-border data transfer, employment management in the digital age, developments in China's competition law regime etc. will continue to be a concern for most companies in China in 2024. Complying with regulatory requirements is one of the key challenges for foreign companies and investors in China, not only in terms of general compliance,...
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    22/01/2024
    EU

    EU Proposals for a Regulation and a Directive on Anti-Money Laundering on the path to final adoption

    On 18 January 2024, the Council of the European Union and the European Parliament reached a provisional agreement on a part of the new anti-money laundering and counter terrorism financing (“AML/CTF”) package, which includes four texts:Regulation 2023/1113 on information accompanying transfers of funds and certain crypto-assets;Proposal for a Regulation establishing the Authority for AML/CTF (AMLA), for which a provisional agreement between the Council of the European Union and the European Parliament was reached on 13 December 2023;Proposal for a Regulation on the prevention of the...
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    19/01/2024
    Europe

    Greenwashing: Stricter EU rules on environmental marketing ban misleading and offsetting claims and introduce new information requirements for products, to protect consumers

    On 17 January 2024, the European Parliament voted to adopt the Directive on Empowering Consumers for the Green Transition (the ECGT Directive), which seeks to protect consumers from various misleading marketing practices relating to the environment or sustainability. In particular it bans the use of generic environmental advertising claims like ‘natural’, ‘environmentally friendly’ or ‘biodegradable’ without adequate substantiation, it restricts the use of sustainability labels to those based on official certification schemes or established by public authorities,...
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    19/01/2024
    International

    CBAM: Just over a week to comply

    As the deadline for the first Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) report approaches on January 31st, it is crucial for undertakings engaged in importing relevant goods into the European Union to understand their obligations - which take practical effect this month. The CBAM, established by Regulation (EU) 2023/956, represents a significant step in the EU’s efforts to combat climate change and carbon leakage, aligning with the overarching goals of the European Green Deal and the Paris Agreement.Key Practical Points on CBAM:Scope of CBAM: This mechanism applies to specific goods listed...
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