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    29.11.2023
    United Kingdom

    Changes to UK Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) Requirements

    Changes to the well-established Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS), a UK wide mandatory energy assessment scheme, came into force on Thursday, 29 November 2023 by virtue of the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (Amendment) Regulations 2023. The changes affect the date of assessment notification (extending it by six months), exemptions, add to the scope of data to be collected, and require further implementation considerations/analysis and evaluation of energy saving opportunities. Participants in the scheme should adapt their assessment approach and ensure compliance...
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    24.11.2023
    International

    Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism transition in effect since 1 October 2023

    On 1 October 2023, a two-year transitional period began for implementation of Regulation (EU) 2023/956, which introduces the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM). CBAM levies punitive CO2 charges against third-country importers of certain goods and only permits CBAM declarants to import these goods into the EU. Although reporting obligations have been imposed for the two-year transition period, CBAM does not fully go into effect until 1 January 2026.A. General InformationFrom 1 January 2026, importers of specific goods from third countries will be required to pay punitive CO2 charges under...
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    03.11.2023
    Scotland

    LEZ-sons to be learned from failed judicial review of Glasgow’s Low Emission Zone

    Background:On 31 May 2022, Glasgow City Council (the “Council”) brought into force a Low Emission Zone (“LEZ”) under the Transport (Scotland) Act 2019 (the “2019 Act”). Vehicles entering the LEZ are required to meet specified emission standards set out in regulations and penalty charges will be payable in respect of non-compliant vehicles entering the LEZ. The level of the penalty charge is set by the Scottish Ministers and enforcement of the Glasgow LEZ is already live for non-residents, with enforcement for residents to commence on 1 June 2024.The Petitioner...
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    18.10.2023
    EU

    State aid: The Court of Justice of the EU annuls the judgment of the General Court in the Frankfurt-Hahn airport case

    The European Commission's decision of 31 July 2017  On 7 April 2017, Germany notified the Commission of its plan to grant operating aid to Frankfurt-Hahn airport to cover the deficit of its operator, Flughafen Frankfurt-Hahn GmbH (FFHG) for a transitional period of ten years beginning 4 April 2014. The notified aid involved a maximum amount of EUR 25.3 million to be paid between 2018 and 2022. This amount was to be reduced if the airport's actual losses during the transitional period proved lower than the maximum amount of aid.In its decision 31 of July 2017, the Commission decided that the...
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    11.07.2023
    EU

    In-depth investigation by the European Commission into Danish and Swedish aid to SAS

    FR
    In August 2020, Denmark and Sweden notified the European Commission of their plans to provide support in the form of recapitalisation measures for the airline SAS.As a result of pandemic-related travel restrictions, SAS was at risk of default and insolvency. The recapitalisation involved the following measures: subscription of new shares by Denmark and Sweden for approximately EUR 194 million;subscription of new shares as part of a rights issue split between Denmark and Sweden for an amount of EUR 292 million; andrecently issued hybrid securities with a total value of EUR 583 million, equivalent...
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    19.06.2023
    Belgium

    The Belgian foreign direct investment regime comes into force on 1 July 2023

    FR
    As from 1 July 2023, non-European investors will have to notify an Interfederal Screening Committee of their investment projects in a Belgian company active in a highly sensitive sector or one likely to affect security, public order or the strategic interests of the Belgian State, Regions and Communities.Three years after the adoption of Regulation (EU) 2019/452 of 19 March 2019 establishing a framework for screening foreign direct investments in the European Union, on 1 June 2022  the various Belgian competent governments concluded a draft cooperation agreement which aims to introduce a foreign...
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