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Italian Parliament Approves Final Rules on Changes to Feed-in Tariffs for Photovoltaic Plants

On 7 August 2014, the Italian Parliament approved the conversion into law of Law Decree no. 91 /2014 (the Decree) regarding, amongst other matters, “urgent measures … for the limitation of costs applied to electricity...more

EU Customs Practice Group - March 2014

In This Issue: - EU CUSTOMS POLICY: ..UCC developments ..Proposed EU Framework for Customs Infringements and Sanctions - TARIFFS: ..Duty Suspensions and Tariff Quotas ..EU reduces additional...more

Feed-In Tariffs for Wind Energy Set out by the French Government May Constitute Unlawful State Aid

In February 2009, a claim was filed before the highest French administrative court (Conseil d’Etat) by the association “Vent de Colère” seeking the annulment of a ministerial order dated 17 November 2008 enacting the feed-in...more

EU Customs Practice Group - December 2013

In This Issue: *UCC Developments: - Customs 2020 - Customs Infringements and Sanctions *TARIFFS: - Duty Suspensions and Tariff Quotas - GSP – New Regime and Practical Guide - GSP –...more

EU GSP – China, Thailand, Ecuador, Maldives losing GSP benefits; GSP Plus list released

The EU’s new Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP) regime started to apply on 1 January 2014; recently, some key announcements were made relating to removal of certain GSP beneficiary countries and granting of GSP Plus...more

European Commission Investigates Exemption from Renewable Energy Surcharge for Energy-Intensive Companies in Germany

The European Commission today opened a State aid investigation into the German Renewable Energy Source Act (the EEG), claiming that the EEG may have given unlawful advantages to energy-intensive companies in Germany. These...more

EU Customs Practice Group - November 2013

In This Issue: - EU CUSTOMS POLICY: ..Greek Presidency Customs Priorities ..Customs 2020 ..Mutual Assistance – Regulation 515/97 - TARIFFS: ..Duty Suspensions and Tariff Quotas ..GSP –...more

Corporate Review: November 2013 - Analysis of the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement: A Call for Revising...

Businesses looking to fully and effectively compete in the global marketplace need to monitor ever-changing trade rules and incorporate these rules into their strategic business plans. Few, if any, major Canadian businesses...more

Recent Changes On The Renewable Energy Sector Introduced Under Royal Decree-Law 9/2013, Of 12 July

Royal Decree-Law 9/2013, of 12 July, adopting urgent measures in order to ensure financial stability of the electricity system (hereinafter, “RD-L 9/2013”) was published in the Official Spanish Gazette (“BOE”) on 13 July...more

EU Customs Practice Group - October 2013

In This Issue: *EU POLICY: - UCC developments *TARIFFS: - Duty Suspensions and Tariff Quotas - GSP- GSP+ Country List - GSP – Temporary Withdrawal - e-Commerce moratorium - WTO waiver...more

Free(er?) Trade - US, EU and Canada Quibble Over Market Access and Domestic Preferences

The US is generally pretty keen on international free trade agreements. And why shouldn’t it be? After all, free trade agreements have the ability to open up foreign markets to US goods and services, allowing new and...more

EU Customs Practice Group - July 2013

In This Issue: - EU POLICY: ..Recast MCC/UCC Developments ..Customs 2020 programme endorsed - TARIFFS: ..Duty Suspensions and Tariff Quotas ..Suspension for Flat Panel Displays ..EU GSP –...more

EU Customs Practice Group - June 2013

In This Issue: *EU CUSTOMS POLICY - UCC developments *TARIFFS - Update on duty suspensions/tariff quotas - EU Market Access Regulation – exclusions - GSP – Burma/Myanmar - FTA...more

EU Customs Practice Group - May 2013

In This Issue: *EU CUSTOMS POLICY - UCC – provisional agreement *TARIFFS - Update on duty suspensions/tariff quotas - Proposal on suspensions for flat screens - Impact study of EU Suspensions...more

Solar Power in Europe: EU imposes anti-dumping tariffs on Chinese imports

We commented in a previous alert that the European Commission had launched an investigation into "dumping" of solar panels in the European market by Chinese companies. Yesterday (4 June 2013) it was announced that the...more

Energy And Environment Update -- May 20, 2013

In This Issue: Energy & Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department of Commerce; Department of Energy; Department of Interior; Department of State; Department of Transportation; Environmental Protection...more

EU Customs Practice Group - April 2013

In This Issue: *EU CUSTOMS POLICY: - UCC Developments – provisional agreement *TARIFFS: - Update on duty suspensions/tariff quotas - Proposal on autonomous duty suspensions for flat screens -...more

EU Customs Practice Group - March 2013

In This Issue: *EU CUSTOMS POLICY - Recast MCC/UCC developments *TARIFFS - Update on duty suspensions/tariff quotas - GSP Regime Developments - Commission amends list of biological or...more

Requests for Suspension of EU Common Customs Tariff Still Under Consideration

Over 250 of the product requests submitted for tariff suspensions in January 2014 are still being examined by the EU Economic Tariff Question Group. The list of the products for which duty suspensions have been requested is...more

Gentlemen, Start Your Engines: The Race for Riches in U.S.–EU Trade Begins with a Mandate from the European Commission

Agreements to free up the flow of trade between countries or regions are aimed to increase economic activity and wealth on both sides. The EU and United States, however, already make up 40% of global economic output and the...more

EU Customs Practice Group - January/February 2013

In This Issue: *EU CUSTOMS POLICY: - MCC recast/UCC - Commission Communication on Customs Risk Management Security of the Supply Chain *TARIFFS: - Update on duty suspensions/tariff quotas - GSP...more

Could A US-EU Free Trade Deal Harm The WTO? [Video]

March 13 (Bloomberg Law) -- In his 2013 State of the Union address, President Obama announced plans to negotiate and execute a free trade agreement between the United States and the European Union. Jim Bacchus, partner at...more

New EU GSP regime: New Regulations Relating to Graduated Products, Beneficiary Country List and GSP Plus Procedures

I. Introduction - Following entry into force of the Regulation introducing the new EU Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP) regime – Regulation 978/20121 – the EU has recently adopted and published certain legal acts...more

EU Customs Practice Group - December 2012

In This Issue: EU CUSTOMS POLICY: - MCC recast/UCC - 2012 revision of the Electronic Customs Multi-Annual Strategic Plan - Council Conclusions on the Progress on the Strategy for the Evolution of the...more

REGULATORY: UK Competition Law: Playing the Energy Game; Regulating Market Outcomes by Suzanne Rab, Derek Holt*

With the nip of winter in the air, the announcement of price increases by Britain’s largest natural gas and electricity firms raises the perennial debate about the competitiveness of energy markets. In a surprising...more

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