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    12/07/2024
    Belgium

    One year of Belgian foreign direct investment screening: state of play

    On 1 June 2022, following the adoption of Regulation (EU) 2019/452 of 19 March 2019 establishing a framework for screening foreign direct investments in the EU, the various Belgian competent governments concluded a draft cooperation agreement, ratified by all competent Belgian parliaments, which aims to introduce a foreign direct investment (FDI) screening mechanism in Belgium.The FDI control mechanism, which entered into force on 1 July 2023, provides for a mechanism of mandatory ex ante notification to an Interfederal Screening Committee (ISC) for investment projects envisaged by non-European...
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    05/07/2024
    United Kingdom

    What we can expect from Labour in relation to Planning policies

    Following Labour's victory in yesterday's general election, significant changes are on the horizon for the UK's planning system, housing sector, energy landscape, and infrastructure development. We take a look at the key policies we can expect from the new Labour government, starting with likely immediate actions in the coming weeks to turbocharge housebuilding.Expected immediate actions before the summer recess:Angela Rayner, as the new Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, is expected to publish a revised draft of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) to reinstate...
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    02/07/2024
    United Kingdom

    Ports Infrastructure – what do the election manifestos tell us?

    In April this year, the Labour party pledged to invest up to £1.8bn into port infrastructure if they win the 2024 general election. The planned investment forms part of Labour’s Green Prosperity Plan, with shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves saying ports would be at the centre of Labour’s plans to make Britain a clean energy superpower. But what else do the general election manifestos of the major UK parties tell us about the future for ports infrastructure in the UK?With the exception of Reform UK, all the main UK political parties target a substantial increase in offshore renewable...
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    01/07/2024
    Europe, Colombia

    Offshore Wind in Colombia – First Round gaining traction

    The first offshore wind round is the name given by Government of Colombia (“GoC”) to the first and ongoing international competitive process (the “Competitive Process”) that began on December 4, 2023, and is expected to result in the issuance of Temporary Occupation Permits (“Permits”) in maritime areas North of the Colombian Atlantic coast for the development of offshore wind energy generation projects (the “Projects”). As we will explain in further detail below, holders of the Permits will subsequently have the right to request maritime concessions.If...
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    26/06/2024
    United Kingdom

    Solar Energy UK's Bold Vision vs. Political Promises: Who Will Lead the Way?

    IntroductionIn anticipation of the UK general election, Solar Energy UK (“SEUK”) have released a detailed manifesto outlining the solar industry's priorities. This article summarises the key points of SEUK’s manifesto and compares them with the solar initiatives proposed by the Conservatives, Labour and the Liberal Democrats.SEUK’s ManifestoThe UK’s solar energy capacity is expected to reach approximately 20GW by the end of 2024, as well as 8GW of energy storage capacity. SEUK advocate for a significant increase by 2030, targeting 50GW of solar power and 30GW of zero-carbon...
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    25/06/2024
    Bulgaria

    Bulgaria re-launches Han Tervel Block oil & gas exploration tender

    The long-awaited Han Tervel tender procedure has been opened for bidding following the adoption of the Council of Ministers’ decision dated 23 August 2023 and its recent publication in the Official Journal of the EU.The deadline for submitting applications will be 17:30 EET (Bulgarian time) on 5 November 2024 and the deadline for submitting offers will be 17:30 EET (Bulgarian time) on 20 November 2024. The price of the tender documents will be BGN 10,000 (EUR 5,000) and the documents can be purchased from the Ministry of Energy.The recent extraction developments in the Black Sea and...
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