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  • 05.07.2019 NL law
    Stibbe wins summary proceedings for energy companies

    Experience - Under the strict sustainability provisions of the Agreement on Energy for Sustainable Growth 2013 (known as the Energy Agreement), coal-fired power plants in the Netherlands are using an increasing proportion of biomass instead of coal.

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  • 02.07.2019 NL law
    Stibbe wins procedure for municipality of The Hague

    Experience - Following the introduction of a new national financial distribution model, the large municipalities of The Hague, 's-Hertogenbosch, Amersfoort and Utrecht have been allocated insufficient government funds to finance social security payments. On 1 July 2019, the Central Appeals Tribunal ruled that this was unlawful and instructed the Ministry of Social Affairs to find a new distribution method.

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  • 27.06.2019 NL law
    Stibbe launches website about Digital Economy

    Inside Stibbe - Stibbe's Digital Economy group published a new website this week: Stibbedigital.com With this new website we aim to view technological developments including artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain, the Internet of Things, smart mobility and the rise of digital platforms from a legal perspective.

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17.07.2019 BE law
EU Single-Use Plastics Directive is now in force: brief recap

Articles - Plastic is a significant and growing global concern. A recent study commissioned by WWF and carried out by the University of Newcastle, Australia, suggests that people are consuming around 2,000 tiny pieces of plastic every week (which is approximately 5 grams of plastic, the weight of a credit card).  In this context, the EU adopted a new directive aiming at tackling marine litter generated from 10 single-use plastic products and from abandoned fishing gear and oxo-degradable plastics. This is called the Single-Use Plastics Directive and has entered into force this month, on 2 July 2019.

15.07.2019 EU law
ICO to impose record-breaking fines for inadequate security measures and data breaches

Short Reads - Though the European data protection authorities have taken their time in enforcing the GDPR, two announcements by the ICO in the UK regarding proposed fines for British Airways and Marriott demonstrate that large fines are about to start landing regularly. Both of the substantial fines are to be handed out as a result of shortcomings in handling data breaches caused by cyber-attacks.

15.07.2019 NL law
Minister voor Rechtsbescherming bevestigt: De Awb kent twee vormen van preventieve handhaving

Short Reads - Op 21 juni 2019 heeft de Minister voor Rechtsbescherming (de "Minister") een aantal Kamervragen beantwoord over preventieve handhaving in het bestuursrecht. Deze Kamervragen gaan over twee vormen van preventieve handhaving: (i) handhaven wanneer een overtreding dreigt en (ii) handhaven wanneer een herhaling dreigt van een eerdere overtreding. Voor het toestaan van de eerste vorm van handhaving hanteren rechters een strengere maatstaf dan voor de tweede vorm.

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