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Bulgaria: CPC deems minimum hotel accommodation prices anti-competitive

The Ministry of Tourism recently proposed the introduction of minimum prices for sites categorised as ‘accommodation places’. In Decision 529/10.05.2018, the Commission for Protection of Competition (CPC) opined on the proposal’s compliance with competition rules. The CPC held that setting minimum prices for accommodation places would limit price competition between hotels. Minimum prices cannot guarantee…

Social housing monthly law update – June 2018

This month’s TLT’s law update on all things affecting social housing includes: Automatic disqualification rule changes: Charity Commission declarations GDPR enforcement and penalties: What you need to know Dress codes in the workplace: New government guidance Government announces it will fully fund unsafe cladding removal in social housing Viability argument for 10% affordable housing fails…

From footfall to clicks – experts talk retail risk

By Gary Assim and Sarah Teal Poundworld has entered administration, and just before that it was announced that House of Fraser would be closing 31 stores, many of which are in some of the UK’s largest cities. It is no secret that many retailers have been adversely affected by the shopping habits of consumers, ever […]

Austria: The time has come – Federal Procurement Act 2018 just around the corner

More than four years after the entry into force of the new EU Public Procurement Directive (2014/24/EU), more than two years after the deadline for transposition and more than one year after publication of the first transposition draft, the time has come. Following the respective resolutions of the Council of Ministers and the Federal Council […]

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Meekal Hashmi The issue of City bonuses has ­become political dynamite, so a lot was ­hanging on the ­publication of the FSA’s ­remuneration code on 17 ­December 2010. Despite ­trepidation in the City, the new code retains a certain level of flexibility, but the challenge for the companies affected is clear: to ­implement the ­regulations […]

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Philip Bramwell While the appointment of external ­corporate monitors in corruption investigations is now commonplace in the US, it has taken a lot longer to catch on in the UK. Recent activity by the ­Serious Fraud Office (SFO), however, suggests it is ­becoming an increasingly ­popular option for the ­watchdog, after external ­monitors were appointed […]

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Spit and Polish

With Poland having ridden out the downturn admirably, firms are flocking there with a view to making it their CEE launch pad. James Swift reports Poland has distinguished itself from the rest of the former communist bloc since the downturn and is now focused on becoming a hub for banking and capital markets transactions in […]

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