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The European Green Deal

The Green Deal lays out a detailed European plan as an initial roadmap for tackling climate change and economic inequality to improve the quality of life of the EU and its citizens. It reviews and resets the Commission’s environmental targets, requires more public investment and increased efforts to direct private capital towards climate and environmental action.

Insolvency of Guernsey companies

A unique aspect of Guernsey insolvency law is the ability of members to wind up their company by special resolution even when this company is insolvent. This article has been written to take into account the legislative changes which will be enacted by the Companies (Guernsey) Law, 2008 (Insolvency) (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020 which will come into force during the course of 2020.

Legal challenges that health technologies can face

In Turkey, thanks to the applications developed by the Ministry of Health such as e-pulse, e-report, telemedicine, ESIM, MIZ and SİNA, health technologies have now gone beyond “getting online appointments”. However, these rapid developments do not have the same reflection in the legal field. In this article, the legal dimensions of health technologies will be examined.

Innovative firms promised extra funding support

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, has announced a new £1.25bn support package designed to protect firms driving innovation during the Covid-19 pandemic. The package includes a £500m investment fund (called the Future Fund) for high-growth companies impacted by the crisis, made up of funding from government and the private sector and £750 million of grants and loans for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) focusing on research and development.

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