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  • EU/Austria: Implementation of the Water Framework Directive

    As one of its main environmental objectives, EU Directive 2000/60/EC ("Water Framework Directive" – WFD), in concreto its art 4, requires all Member States to achieve – subject to several exemptions, such as the possibility to extend the timeframe – the "good status" of all surface water bodies and groundwater bodies by 22 December 2015. read more...
  • Austria: Far-reaching implications of tax reform

    The draft tax bill introduced in the Austrian Parliament last week will implement the most significant tax reform in the country's history. read more...
  • Turkey: Will the Constitutional Court's Latest Cancellation of the Provisions of the Trademark Decre

    Trademark or/and service mark  applications can be filed in Turkey in accordance with the Decree Law No. 556 (“Decree Law”) enacted in 1995. read more...
  • Turkey: Law Bolsters Health Care PPP Program

    For the last few years, Turkey's hospital campus programme, also known as hospital PPP's, has been one of the most discussed topics in the country's infrastructure sector and legal environment. read more...
  • Home office expenses - New flat-rate indemnity

    In its new "Administrative instructions 2015/2", the NSSO has now set the maximum indemnity for home office expenses at 119,61 EUR per month.
  • Austria: Start-ups – Common Legal Issues

    Austria recently experienced a significant boom in start-ups(1) and has produced some major international players (eg, Runtastic, bwin, last.fm and Whatchado). That said, starting a business in Austria requires an understanding of the peculiarities of the legal system. This update discusses some of the common legal risks and issues that come along with starting a business in Austria. read more...
  • Austria: New Rules for Real Estate Transfer Tax on Share Deals

    In mid-May 2015, the Austrian government published the text of the changes in the country's tax system that will enter into force on 1 January 2016. One aspect of these impending changes that has not yet been subject to wider discussion is a modification in the rules to the Real Estate Transfer Tax ("RETT") on Share Deals.  read more... 
  • Turkey: Recent Changes in State Aid Regulations

    In light of its recently revised state aid regulations, it seems that Turkey is aiming to increase the appetite of foreign investors, who have become more cautious about investing in the country on account of the lacklustre global economy. The Turkish Prime Minister announced the new state aid package on 2 April 2015; the regulations entered into force on 8 April 2015. These new measures increase the support provided for investments, in particular to those that are made during the course of the current year (2015).  read more...
  • Austria: Aarhus Convention – infringement procedure against Austria

    The international Aarhus Convention was concluded by both the European Union and its member states ('mixed agreement'). The convention lays down procedural safeguards in environmental decision-making processes. The Aarhus Convention consists of three pillars: read more...
  • Austria: Amendments to Chemicals Act and Biocidal Products Act

    On March 5 2015 Austria's agriculture, forestry, environment and water economics minister presented a draft law to amend the Chemicals Act and the Biocidal Products Act. The proposed amendments are the last steps towards the final standardisation of the classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures in accordance with EU Regulation 1272/2008 (the 'CPL Regulation'). The amendments simplify the term 'toxin' and shift the existing toxin purchase permit system to a simplified system of toxin purchase certificates. Read more...