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In one of the last sessions convened before the expiry of three Competition Council members' mandates, the Competition Agency terminated the proceedings against undertakings operating in the dairy products market on the grounds that there were no longer any legal grounds for further conduct. read more...
The New Czech Civil Code (Act No. 89/2012, Coll., the Civil Code) will become effective as of 1 January 2014 and will practically rebuild the entire area of civil law in the Czech Republic.
On 21 November 2013, the new Polish act on special solutions related to workplace protection will come into force (the so-called "new anticrisis act", hereafter "Act"). The main purpose of the Act is to provide financial aid to those employers whose conditions of conducting business activity have temporarily deteriorated in order to protect the workplaces of the employees. read more...
On 5 November 2013, the EU Commission published its long-awaited Guidance to Member States on state intervention in electricity markets. read more...
Under the existing system in Austria, legal review against decisions and acts of authorities is normally granted by one or more - higher ranked - authorities. Only afterwards do the legal subjects have access to the Constitutional Court (Verfassungsgerichtshof) or the Supreme Administrative Court (Verwaltungsgerichtshof), both of which are restricted in their power to scrutinize the contested administrative decisions.
The Hungarian competition act currently deviates from the EU competition law regime in several noteworthy aspects. However, Hungary is about to take a further step to bring its rules in line with EU rules.
Employee's mobility is on many employers' agenda for a wide number of reasons, including limited qualified resources and a need to access new labour markets, requirements for experience exchange, focus on encouraging cultural diversity, exposure to the global market, and entering new territories. read more...
The reverse charge mechanism is a means by which, in certain circumstances, the liability to charge VAT on a particular transaction shifts from the supplier to the beneficiary. In most of the cases, this liability arises at the same time as the beneficiary's right to claim input VAT credit for the same amount of VAT. read more...
On 1 November 2013, the new Slovak act on the electronic performance of powers of public authorities - the Act on e-Government  ("Act") - will come into force. As the general legislation for the entire public administration, judiciary included, the Act brings new ways of exercising public authority electronically and introduces electronic delivery, guaranteed conversion of documents, and electronic payment of all administrative and court fees. Nevertheless, these fundamental changes will be implemented gradually. read more...
Just recently, media around the world reported about the Spanish football club Real Madrid spending the incredible sum of EUR 100 million to acquire the Welsh midfield star Gareth Bale from Tottenham Hotspur. This caused a flurry of excitement and many people were left wondering whether it is justifiable to spend such amounts on a single human being playing football. However, one has to bear in mind that football has become an entertainment industry and that clubs like Real Madrid are in fact not only acquiring further employees, but also brands with great advertising values. Such advertising values may be comprehensively exploited eg by means of Personality Merchandising. read more...