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European Court of Justice voids European Commission’s decision to grant state aid authorisation for the UK’s capacity market scheme

By Maria Connolly The ECJ found that the Commission had granted approval in 2014 after just a month long preliminary examination and had failed to take full account of objections raised. The Commission must now undertake a full investigation of the scheme before granting state aid approval.  It may emerge that changes to the scheme […]

Bulgarian pension funds: New opportunities to banks to enter into repo transactions and derivatives

By Tsvetan Krumov The amendments provide new business opportunities to banks to enter into repo transactions and derivatives with Bulgarian pension funds. There are various types of private social security funds under Bulgarian law depending on the social security risks they cover. However, as the regime for derivatives and repo transactions is identical for all […]

Amsterdam District Court: Museum Map Foundation must provide data to tax authorities on museum visits

By Anke Holtland Yesterday, the Amsterdam District Court ruled in summary proceedings that the Museum Map Foundation must provide data to the tax authorities on museum visits by one specific museum card holder. What was going on? The Tax and Customs Administration demanded the information about museum visits from one specific museum card holder for the period 2014 to […]

Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate and the Flanders Department of Economics, Science and Innovation enter into a MoU on personalised medicine

By Joost Dibbits On 5 November 2018, the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate and the Flanders Department of Economics, Science and Innovation entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on personalised medicine. The parties to the memorandum refer to the definition of personalised medicine used by the Council of the EU (2015/C 421/03): […]

Rules and weightings for 4th Dutch Offshore Wind tender (HKZ III&IV)

By Roland de Vlam, Redmar Damsma With the tender for the Hollandse Kust Zuid III & IV offshore wind sites in Q1 2019 rapidly approaching, potential contesters and other interested parties are awaiting the publication of the definitive version of the Ministerial Regulation holding the rules and weightings related to the tender procedure and criteria […]

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Northern Ireland's ploughshare option

“IF terrorism is taken out of the equation, then we must do better,” commented one Northern Irish lawyer of last week’s momentous events. The axiomatic quality of his statement, is tempered by the conditional. False dawns aplenty have broken. But doing better will mean significant changes for the legal community, which has often had its […]

Law Society to iron out qualifications

THE hotch-potch of courses available to para-legals has prompted the Law Society to work towards its own qualifications for solicitors’ staff. A questionnaire is being sent out to practitioners to identify areas to be tested. The idea is to develop a recognised training programme within the framework of National Vocational Qualifications to ensure standards are […]

Bristol Law Society elects president

Local government lawyer Dudley Lewis has been invested as president of Bristol Law Society. He is believed to be the first local authority lawyer to head the society, which is the oldest in the country. Lewis, city clerk for Bristol City Council, says his main message for the year is equal opportunity and accessibility. He […]

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