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Armenia: Constitutional Amendments to Be Put to a Referendum

(Oct. 29, 2015) On October 8, 2015, the President of Armenia, Serzh Sargsyan, signed a decree setting December 6, 2015, as the referendum day for constitutional amendments. (Decree of the President of Armenia No. 754 on Announcement of the Constitutional Amendments Referendum, PASHTONAKAN TEGHEKAGIR [Official Gazette], No. 67 (Oct. 9, 2015) (in Armenian).) The decree had […]

Russia: Receipt of Sick Leave Benefits Will Depend on Healthy Life Style

(June 1, 2015) On May 27, 2015, it was reported that Russian legislators had discussed the possibility of providing sick leave benefits only for those Russians who maintain healthy lifestyles and participate in government-sponsored health maintenance programs. The Vice Chairman of the Health Care Committee of the State Duma (the lower house of the national […]

Russia: Security Clearance Restrictions on Employees with Relatives Abroad

(Mar. 6, 2015) On January 15, 2015, the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation upheld the constitutionality of the Federal Law on State Secrecy and confirmed the legality of the current government practice of cancelling the security clearances of and restricting access to information that contains state secrets by those government employees whose family members […]

Nepal: Two Commissions on War Crimes Established

(Feb. 25, 2015) On February 10, 2015, the government of Nepal established two commissions to investigate allegations of war crimes and disappearances associated with the country’s ten-year civil war, which lasted from 1996 to 2006. (Alexandra Farone, Nepal Forms Commissions to Probe War Crimes, PAPER CHASE (Feb. 10 2015); Nepal: Conflict Profile, INSIGHT ON CONFLICT […]

Italy: Extension of Deadlines for Reorganization of Government Entities

(Feb. 4, 2015) Italy has passed additional legislation, effective on December 31, 2014, aimed at promoting efficiency and eliminating government bureaucracy. (Legislative Decree No. 192 of December 31, 2014, Extension of Deadlines Set in Several Laws (D.L. No. 192), GAZETTA UFFICIALE No. 302, NORMATTIVA (in Italian).) D.L. No. 192 establishes a series of provisions extending […]

Ukraine: Foreign Citizens Admitted to Cabinet Level Positions

(Dec. 24, 2014) On December 2, 2014, the President of Ukraine announced that he had granted Ukrainian citizenship to three foreign individuals who were offered positions in the newly formed Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine. Citizens of the United States, Lithuania, and Georgia were offered positions as the Ministers of Finance, Economics, and Healthcare, respectively. […]

Thailand: Draft Laws to Promote Digital Economy

(Dec. 17, 2014) On December 16, 2014, it was reported that Thailand’s Cabinet approved two draft laws on information technology. The laws were put forward by the Information and Communications Technology Ministry. (Thailand: Cabinet Nod for Draft Laws on Digital Economy Committee, Restructuring of ICT Ministry, NATION (Dec. 16, 2014).) One proposed law is on […]

Ukraine: New Law on State Attorneys

(Nov. 4, 2014) On October 14, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s legislature, adopted the Law on the Procuracy. (Rada Starts the Reform of Law Enforcement by Passing the Law on Procuracy [in Russian], NEWSRU.UA (Oct. 14, 2014).) The procuracy system is the main law enforcement institution in the post-Soviet countries; the office was inherited from […]

Portugal: Government Establishes Inter-Ministerial Coordination Commission on Ebola

(Oct. 28, 2014) On October 23, 2014, the Portuguese Council of Ministers approved the creation of a commission designed to coordinate the responses to and political decisions on the ebola virus, among all sectors of government. The Inter-Ministerial Commission on the Coordination of the Response to Ebola, headed by the Ministry of Health, will comprise […]

Armenia: Concept for Constitutional Amendments Announced

(May 9, 2014) On April 10, 2014, the Commission on Constitutional Reforms, established under the President of Armenia, announced the proposed Concept for Constitutional Amendments, which will be drafted at a later date. The final Concept will be based on the ideas included in this 45-page paper, published on the Armenian Ministry of Justice website. […]