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    China has ac­ce­ded to the Hague Con­ven­tion of 5 Oc­to­ber 1961 Abo­li­shing the Re­qui­re­ment of Le­ga­li­sa­tion for Fo­reign Pu­blic Do­cu­ments

    On 8 March 2023, the People's Republic of China (the "PRC") has (finally!) acceded to the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents (the "Convention").The Convention between the PRC, as the acceding state, and other member states (which will not have raised an objection; see below) will enter into force as of 7 November 2023.This constitutes a long-awaited and very positive development.Please click here to read the full article.
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    England and Wales

    On­line ope­ra­tor’s third li­cence re­view by the Gam­bling Com­mis­sion re­sults in £6.1m fine

    In January 2023, the UK Gambling Commission published its sanctions of InTouch Games Limited, including a fine of £6.1m, after an investigation revealed a number of social responsibility and anti-money laundering failings.InTouch’s key failings consisted of the following:AML: Breaches of paragraphs 1, 2 and 3 of licence condition 12.1.1Paragraph 1 requires licensees to conduct an assessment of the risks of their business being used for money laundering and terrorist financing. Such risk assessment must be appropriate and must be reviewed as necessary in the light of any changes of circumstances,...
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    République Tchèque

    The Czech Com­pe­ti­tion Pro­tec­tion Of­fice has pu­bli­shed gui­de­lines on cla­ri­fying and sup­ple­men­ting bids in ten­der pro­ce­dures

    The Competition Protection Office (the Office) has published guidelines on the application of Section 46 of the Public Procurement Act (the PPA) regarding its current decision-making methods. This provision of the PPA contains rules for clarifying and supplementing information that participants provide to contracting authorities during tender procedures.Our experience shows that the correct application of Section 46 of the PPA is important not only for the contracting authorities but also for the suppliers. We often advise clients who are not sure when the contracting authority is obliged to give...
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    United Kingdom

    Vi­varo reaches re­gu­la­tory sett­le­ment with the Gam­bling Com­mis­sion

    On 17 January 2023, the UK Gambling Commission (the “Commission”) announced that Vivaro Limited (“Vivaro”), trading as vbet, will pay a £337,631 regulatory settlement for anti-money laundering and social responsibility failures. The Commission’s investigation followed a compliance assessment carried out in April 2021, which resulted in the commencement of a licence review.Key failingsThe Commission found that between October 2020 and June 2021, Vivaro’s key failures consisted of the following:AML: Breach of paragraphs 2 and 3 of licence condition (“LC”)...
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    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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    The Scot­tish Go­vern­ment Draft Long-Term Plan for Ves­sels and Ports - Con­sul­ta­tion

    The Scottish Government has published a draft Long-Term plan for vessels and ports on the Clyde & Hebrides (CHFS) and Northern Isles (NIFS) networks (2023 – 2045). This is the first element of its Islands Connectivity Plan (ICP) which is proposed to replace the Scottish Ferries Plan (which has set out the framework for Scotland’s ferry services since 2013). The draft Plan provides details about the Scottish Government’s objectives for the CHFS and NIFS networks. The draft Plan has been developed in line with the objectives of the Scottish Government’s Infrastructure...
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