Balkan firms seek to boost UK relationships as Britain exits EU

Brexit is a topic that continues to provoke a sense of disbelief, uncertainty and considerable irritation across the nation. It is also a subject of persistent interest and fascination for the lawyers who must come to terms with the changes it could bring.

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By Bernd Rajal, Arian Paul Farahmand Introduction On 16 September 2020 the eagerly awaited draft Renewable Energy Expansion Act (EAG) was published for evaluation. To help achieve the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement 2015, the draft creates new framework conditions for the expansion of renewable energy in Austria. The European Union’s Clean Energy for […]

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Combating both a No-deal Brexit and coronavirus restrictions – How to keep ahead

By Nick McEwen UK Businesses are well aware that they are facing the double challenge of Brexit and coronavirus whilst standing on the shifting sands of the ever-changing government stances relating to the twin perils with the consequential effect on their ability to do business. Agility is the key to survival when even sound contingency […]

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