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    30.01.2023
    England and Wales

    Be aware of the key date of 1 April 2023 for MEES and com­mer­cial prop­erty

    Summary1 April 2023 is an important date in the application of minimum energy efficiency standards (MEES) to commercial property in England and Wales. From 1 April 2023, there will be a prohibition on landlords of commercial property continuing to let properties (whenever the lease was first entered into) with an energy performance certificate (EPC) rating of either ‘F’ or ‘G’ (i.e. that is “sub-standard”), unless certain exemptions apply.Further details1 April 2023 is an important date in the application of MEES to commercial property in England and Wales. From...
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    30.01.2023
    Romania

    RCC con­tin­ues scru­tiny of the auto­mot­ive mar­ket in Ro­mania

    The Romanian Competition Council (RCC) imposed a hefty fine of EUR 2.65 million on the Romanian subsidiary of an international automotive company for anti-competitive agreements in the market for the distribution of new, medium and heavy trucks of a particular brand.Following the RCC’s investigation, the competition authority concluded that the company and its distributors in its selective distribution network had agreed on the territory in which they could resell new, medium and heavy trucks. In so doing, the companies involved are alleged to have agreed not to sell these trucks outside...
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    30.01.2023
    Germany

    Apple: Re­cord fine by the Autor­ité de la Con­cur­rence re­duced by two thirds

    The French competition authority ("Autorité de la Concurrence", or "Autorité") had imposed a record fine of approximately EUR 1.1 billion on Apple on 16 March 2020 (see Law-Now article). Apple announced its appeal in advance. It has now been mostly successful. In its judgment of 6 October 2022 (Arrêt de la Cour d'Appel de Paris du 6 octobre 2022, case ref. 20/08582), the Cour d'Appel de Paris partially modified the decision of the Autorité and rejected the allegation of prohibited price fixing.The fineAs a reminder, the Autorité had sanctioned with the fine the...
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    27.01.2023
    Ukraine

    Ukraine tem­por­ar­ily can­cels elec­tron­ic auc­tions in Pro­Zorro e-pro­cure­ment sys­tem

    The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine temporarily cancelled electronic auctions in the ProZorro system through Resolution No. 1495 of 30 December 2022 because of the constant shelling of nation's energy infrastructure and resulting blackouts, which was interfering with the electronic auction process. Electronic auctions for open tenders are not expected to take place for the next six months beginning 3 January 2023. During this period, the system is automatically able to determine the most efficient tender offer based on the criteria and methods established by the contracting authority. It is temporarily...
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    27.01.2023
    United Kingdom

    HM­RC re­verse po­s­i­tion on col­lect­ing cus­tom­er IP data from fin­an­cial in­sti­tu­tions

    On 26 January 2023, the first report on HMRC’s use of financial institution notices (“FINs”) was laid before Parliament. The report includes a number of important updates, including an unexpected retreat on HMRC’s proposal, previously undisclosed, to use FINs to collect data held by financial institutions on where customers have accessed their online or mobile accounts (i.e., their geographical location by reference to an IP address, “Location Data”). The CMS Tax Disputes & Investigations team has been advising representatives of the UK banking and financial...
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    27.01.2023
    Poland

    Po­lan­d's UOKiK veri­fy­ing im­ple­ment­a­tion of the Om­ni­bus Dir­ect­ive

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    Poland's Competition and Consumer Protection office (UOKiK) is now monitoring compliance with the EU's Omnibus Directive. The relevant implementation legislation went into effect in Poland on 1 January 2023. The UOKiK's compliance monitoring activities began less than two weeks after the implementation of the Directive, which introduces a number of new obligations for businesses that sell products or services to consumers, such as obligations to provide transparent information about price reductions, publish fair consumer reviews, and present offers fairly in search results. The UOKiK reports that...
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