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    12/07/2024
    Scotland

    Levelling the playing field ?

    Construction policy note introduces Graduated Pricing Mechanism as an alternative method of determining price score in tender evaluations.Guidance setting out a new method of determining the price score in tender assessments for construction projects has been issued by Scottish Government.  It is to be incorporated into the Scottish Government’s Construction Procurement Handbook and applied to construction (works) contracts when using the best price-quality ratio contract award criteria.  Many procurements include evaluation criteria which award 100% of the available score for price...
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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
    United Kingdom

    Countdown to UKCA compliance: changes in construction product marking

    It is time to prepare for changes in construction products, as there is only one year remaining until CE marking (which stands for Conformité Européenne) will no longer be recognised as the compliance mark for installations in Great Britain, and instead the UKCA marking (which stands for UK Conformity Assessment) will be needed. Construction product manufacturers, designers, importers and distributors that are supplying goods with the CE mark, should take steps to convert to the UKCA mark without delay, and as the compliance mark cannot be relied upon until the applicable standards...
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    21/06/2024
    Italy

    Italian Supreme Court Upholds OECD Transfer Pricing Rules

    The decisions of the Italian Supreme Court nos. 10577/2024 and 10499/2024 (concerning the same case for corporate income tax and regional income tax purposes) confirm important principles regarding transfer pricing transactions between associated companies.Firstly, the approach taken in the previous decision of the Italian Supreme Court no. 15668/2022 (available here) is confirmed with regard to the relevance of the arm’s length principle set forth by Article 9 of the OECD Model Tax Convention and included in Article 110, par. 7 of the Italian Income Tax Code.Moreover, the principle that,...
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    20/06/2024
    International

    Overview of the EU-Australia Memorandum of Understanding on Critical and Strategic Minerals

    The European Union (“EU”) and Australia on 28 May 2024 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) to forge a partnership aimed at developing a secure, stable, ethical, and sustainable supply chain for critical and strategic minerals across their respective regions. This partnership aligns with the goals of the Paris Agreement and the ambition to transition to net zero economies by 2050, as well as a key objective of Australia’s ‘Critical Minerals Strategy 2023-2030’ (published in June 2023) to create diverse, resilient and sustainable supply chains through...
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