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Italy: Legislation to Combat Corruption and Promote Transparency

(July 6, 2016) On June 23, 2016, new legislation on the fight against corruption and the promotion of transparency entered into effect in Italy. (Legislative Decree No. 97 of March 25, 2016, Review and Simplification of Provisions on the Prevention of Corruption and Promotion of Transparency, Correcting Law No. 190 of November 6, 2012, and Legislative Decree No. […]

Vietnam: Stiffer Penalties for Drunk Driving and Other Offenses

(June 20, 2016) On May 26, 2016, the Vietnamese government issued Decree No. 46/2016/ND-CP, on administrative sanctions for road traffic and rail transport violations. Most of the provisions enter into force on August 1, 2016.  The new Decree replaces Decree 171 of 2013 and Decree 107 of 2014.  (Stiffer Fines Await Drunk Drivers, VIETNAM LAW […]

China: Law Passed Tightening Control over Foreign Non-Government Organizations

(June 15, 2016) On April 28, 2016, the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress passed the Law of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) on Administration over the Activities of Overseas Non-Government Organizations Within China, commonly known as the Foreign NGO Law.  The Law will become effective on January 1, 2017.  (Zhonghua Renmin Gongheguo […]

Netherlands: Municipalities May Deploy Flexible Cameras for Surveillance

(Apr. 11, 2016) On March 22, 2016, the Dutch Senate (Eerste Kamer) approved a legislative proposal that gives municipalities in the Netherlands more options in using cameras for surveillance purposes (i.e., CCTV). Instead of relying only on cameras in previously agreed upon, fixed locations, the authorities will be able to deploy cameras flexibly to handle […]

Vietnam: Reduction in State Holdings of Businesses Being Considered

(Mar. 22, 2016) Vietnam’s Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) is considering issuing a decision that would change the status of some state-owned enterprises (SOEs) and open some industrial sectors to more non-state investment. The decision would divide SOEs into three categories: those that are wholly state-owned, those with at least 65% state holdings, and […]

Italy: Decree to Implement European Legislation on Cooperation for Recognition of Professional Degrees

(Mar. 15, 2016) On January 28, 2016, Italy passed new legislation aimed at increasing administrative cooperation for the mutual recognition of academic degrees at the European Union level. (Legislative Decree No. 15 Implementing Directive 2013/55/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council, Amending Directive 2005/36/EC, on the Recognition of Professional Qualifications and Regulation (EU) […]

Indonesia: Procedural Simplification as Development Incentive

(Feb. 29, 2016) Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo, speaking on February 22, 2016, advocated building the country’s infrastructure and decreasing regulatory obstacles as vital to Indonesia’s economic competitiveness. The issue of competitiveness in the region is especially important, he said, now that Indonesia is part of the ASEAN Economic Community. “This is the era of competition […]

Mexico: Program to Ensure “Friendly” Return of Migrants Announced

(Feb. 2, 2016) Mexican Chancellor Claudia Ruiz Massieu, the foreign relations Secretary, announced that Mexico will launch an Open Door Program of assistance to ensure the “friendly” return to and reintegration of Mexican migrants in the country. Ruiz Massieu made the announcement during a speech she delivered at the 27th Meeting of Mexican Ambassadors and […]

Brazil: Requirements to Legalize Foreign Documents Will Soon Be Abolished

(Jan. 21, 2016) On January 18, 2016, the National Council of Justice (Conselho Nacional de Justiça – CNJ) announced that it will be responsible for coordinating and regulating the application of the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirements of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents (Apostille Convention) in Brazil. Brazil approved the text of the Apostille Convention […]

Aruba: New Administrative Penalty Scheme for Late Tax Payment and for Payroll Reporting Failures

(Jan. 11, 2016) It was reported on December 31, 2016, that as of January 1, 2016, the tax administration of Aruba would inaugurate a new policy on administrative penalties for late payment of taxes. (René Offermanns, Aruba: 2016 Policy on Administrative Penalties Published, TAX NEWS SERVICE (Dec. 31, 2015), International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation online […]