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One Step Closer to EU Approach: Amended Guidelines on Vertical Agreements

The Turkish Competition Authority ("Authority") completed its work in progress on revising the Guidelines on Vertical Agreements ("Guidelines") that was issued based on the Block Exemption Communiqué on Vertical Agreements ("Communiqué No. 2002/2"). It took approximately 2 years for the Authority to finalize its work. The Authority has published the updated version of the Guidelines on its official on March 30, 2018 (Friday). Below is the summary of amendments made in the Guidelines:

Turkey Regulates Broadcasting Services Provided Through the Internet

I. Introduction

Turkey recently enacted an amendment to the Turkish radio and television legislation that will regulate radio, television and on-demand broadcasts provided through internet and have these services and their providers (media service providers and platform operators - please see their definitions under II) under the supervision and authority of the Radio and Television Supreme Council ("RTUK"). The amendment entered into force on March 28, 2018. Providers of radio, television and on-demand services through internet and platform operators transmitting these broadcasts will need to obtain a license from the RTUK as of this date.

Quarterly Update on Trade Defence Cases in Turkey (March 2018)

In Turkey, the authority to initiate dumping or subsidy examinations, upon complaint or, where necessary, ex officio, is given to the Ministry of Economy ("Ministry"). Within the scope of this authority, the Ministry announces its decisions with the communiqués published on the Official Gazette.

Turkey Regulates Broadcasting Services Provided Through the Internet

I. Introduction

 

Turkey recently enacted an amendment to the Turkish radio and television legislation that will regulate radio, television and on-demand broadcasts provided through internet and have these services and their providers (media service providers and platform operators – please see their definitions under II) under the supervision and authority of the Radio and Television Supreme Council (“RTUK”). The amendment entered into force on March 28, 2018. Providers of radio, television and on-demand services through internet and platform operators transmitting these broadcasts will need to obtain a license from the RTUK as of this date.

New Era for FX Loans and FX Denominated Loans

April 2018 - Finance. Legal Developments by ELIG, Attorneys-at-Law .

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This article will address major amendments and novelties stipulated for foreign exchange and foreign exchange denominated loans.

In the first quarter of 2018, taking into consideration the current foreign exchange risks, the Council of Ministers announced a decree and a communiqué amending Decree No. 32 on Protection of the Value of Turkish Currency (published in the Official Gazette dated August 11, 1989, No. 20249) (the "Decree No. 32") and the Communiqué on Decree No. 32 on Protection of the Value of Turkish Currency (published in the Official Gazette dated February 28, 2008 and numbered 26801) (the "Communiqué No. 2008-32/34"), in the Official Gazette dated January 25, 2018, which will be put into force on May 2, 2018.

The Council of State Dismissed Tüpraş’s Appeal against Turkish Competition Authority’s Record

The Council of State Dismissed TĂĽpraĹź's Appeal against the Turkish Competition Authority's Record Fine for Abuse of Dominance

OBLIGATION TO EMPLOY OR CONTRACT A LAWYER ON CONTINUOUS BASIS FOR JOINT STOCK COMPANIES IN TURKEY

Joint-stock companies with a registered capital equal to 5 (five) times or more of the minimum amount stipulated in Article 272 of the Turkish Commercial Code and building cooperatives with a membership number of 100 (one-hundred) or more are obliged to have/employ a contracted lawyer. Legal entities failing to comply with the provisions of this paragraph will be penalized by public prosecutors with a fine in the gross amount of one month’s minimum wage, effective for workers in the industrial sector older than sixteen years of age on the date of the crime, for each month spent without a lawyer under contract.

Guide Yourself to Explicit Consent: Article 29 Working Party’s Updated Opinion

I. Introduction

The Working Party on the Protection of Individuals with regard to the Processing of Personal Data ("Working Party") which is established as per the Directive 95/46/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of October 24, 1995 ("EU Directive") updated their opinion on consent under General Data Protection Regulation ("GDPR") which will be effective on May 28, 2018.

The GDPR evolved the concept of consent under the EU Directive and Directive 2002/58/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 12 July 2002 Concerning the Processing of Personal Data and the Protection of Privacy in the Electronic Communications Sector ("E-privacy Directive) by providing further clarification and specification of the requirements for obtaining and demonstrating valid consent. The Working Party's opinion of November 28, 2017 mainly focuses on this evolution and sheds more light onto EU Directive - GDPR - Turkish Data Protection Law ("Law No. 6698") triangle. Law No. 6698 is based on the EU Directive, whereas its consent related provision for processing personal data is adopted from the GDPR. Hence the updated opinion answers most of the questions raised by Turkish companies during their compliance processes.

Significance of Proof of Use in Trademark Oppositions under Turkish Law

I. Legal Framework and the Purpose of the Proof of Trademark Use

The Industrial Property Law with Number 6769 ("IP Law") has been published in the Official Gazette of January 10, 2017, introducing several changes to the Turkish trademarks law. Proof of use of a trademark is one of these changes brought by the IP Law.

Quarterly Update on Anti-Dumping Cases in Turkey (December 2017)

January 2018 - EU & Competition. Legal Developments by ELIG, Attorneys-at-Law .

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In Turkey, the authority to initiate dumping or subsidy examinations, upon complaint or, where necessary, ex officio, is given to the Ministry of Economy ("Ministry"). Within the scope of this authority, the Ministry announces its decisions with the communiqués published on the Official Gazette.

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