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    08/04/2024
    Hungary

    Hungary proposes ex-ante competition tool to regulate essential companies

    On 2 April 2024, the Hungarian Ministry of Justice submitted an omnibus act to the Hungarian parliament proposing the amendment of several Hungarian laws, including the Competition Act. This Proposal’s most noteworthy element is – based on the German example – expanding the Hungarian Competition Authority’s (HCA) toolbox by introducing a new ex-ante regime enabling the HCA to impose obligations on certain companies without first having to demonstrate a violation of the law.This following article summarises the Proposal’s new rules, potential consequences and next steps.PROPOSED...
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    03/04/2024
    Bulgaria

    Bulgaria supports wind and storage projects with New Grid Connection Ordinance

    Following the recent legislative amendments in the Energy Act and the Energy from Renewable Sources Act of 2023 and 2024, the Energy and Water Regulatory Commission adopted a new Ordinance No. 6 on the connection of energy sites to the grids of 28 March 2024 (the “New Ordinance”).The changes in the New Ordinance mainly relate to: (i) introduction of new rules for grid connection rules of storage facilities; (ii) amendments of the current grid connection procedure for RES producers such as securing a grid connection opinion solely on the grounds of in rem rights, removal of the firm...
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    03/04/2024
    Ukraine

    Register of Damage for Ukraine is open for claims submission

    On 2 April 2024, the Register of Damage for Ukraine opened the claims submission process for compensation for damage, loss or injury caused by Russian aggression against Ukraine. The launch took place as part of the Ministerial Conference "Restoring Justice for Ukraine" co-hosted by the Netherlands, Ukraine and the European Commission at the World Forum in The Hague.As a reminder, the official website of the Register of Damage for Ukraine was launched on 4 March 2024. The website contains the following:documents governing the work of the Register;answers to frequently asked questions on the Register’s...
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    19/03/2024
    Hungary

    Hungary adopts new regulations on occupational Safety and Health fines and administration

    The Hungarian parliament recently adopted amendments to certain government regulations on occupational matters, and new government regulations on the detailed rules for the amount and imposition of occupational safety and health (OSH) fines, which entered into force on 1 March 2024. The amendments to the government regulations were necessary to ensure consistency between the legislation.The following article summarises these changes.1. Government Decree No 24/2024 (II.14.) amending certain Government Decrees on employmentAmendment to Government Decree No. 320/2014 (XII.13.) on the designation of...
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    12/03/2024
    United Kingdom

    Significant steps taken to implement Early Competition in onshore transmission with release of Regulations and further consultation

    On 20th February 2024 the Electricity (Criteria for Relevant Electricity Projects) (Transmission) Regulations (the “Regulations”) were published. Due to come into force on 12th March 2024, the Regulations set out the criteria that onshore electricity transmission projects must meet in order to be eligible for Early Competition.  The publication of the Regulations follows the body of work done to date on Early Competition which we recently outlined in our article in December 2023.“Early Competition” has been defined by Ofgem as competition which is run before detailed...
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    05/03/2024
    Ukraine

    Ukraine further simplifies procedure for changing land-plot designations for energy and industrial construction

    On 6 February 2024, the Ukrainian parliament passed Law No. 3563-IX “On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of Ukraine to Engage Investments for the Purpose of Quick Rebuilding of Ukraine”. On 26 February 2024, the President of Ukraine signed this draft legislation into law.This law builds upon previous legislative initiatives aimed at simplifying procedures related to changing the designated purpose of land. In 2022, parliament streamlined the process for changing the designated purpose of lands for relocated enterprises, river ports and critical infrastructure.By enacting Law No....
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