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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 […]

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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 […]

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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): […]

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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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Lawyers and doctors worldwide have been voicing their concern about the lack of legislation controlling cross-species transplants. Alison Laferla is a freelance journalist. Eminent lawyers and doctors from all over the world called for an end to cross-species transplants earlier this month at a conference in Vancouver on pig-to-human organ transplants. Xenotransplantation – the transfer […]

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Olswang trainee solicitor and computer specialist Clive Gringras has written what is claimed to be the first in-depth legal text book on the application of UK law to the Internet. The Laws of the Internet is published by Butterworths and includes a glossary of Net jargon. It follows a rash of Internet related cases in […]

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One of your correspondents (The Lawyer, 24 June 1997) appears to believe that the consumer is always right and says that it is all very well “to suggest tackling the lenders, but is that not biting the hands that feed us?” I should have thought the point was that the lenders are the hands that […]

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