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Vadim BlauStein: The Fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive and the Beneficial Ownership Register

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As this directive directly relates to the areas of financial, corporate and trust services, we ask Vadim Blaustein, CEO of BlauStein Lawyers, to provide comments on this topic. Mr. Blaustein, your company has its headquarters in the Netherlands. Could you say that many things have changed in your business area after the 4th AML Directive came to force? Vadim Blaustein: The impact of the new Directive is not that big. In fact, the Netherlands were traditionally in the front lines of the fight against money laundering and had quite an exte... Read More »

British Lords want more power over EU laws

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"There should be a way for a group of like-minded national parliaments to make constructive suggestions for EU policy initiatives," it notes."We would envisage a ‘Green Card’ as recognising a right for a number of national parliaments working together to make constructive policy or legislative suggestions, including for the review or repeal of existing legislation, not creating a (legally more problematic) formal right for national parliaments to initiate legislation." The Lisbon treaty introduced a regime allowing national lawmakers to form... Read More »

Non-EU seasonal workers to get equal workplace rights

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MEPs in Strasbourg signed off on the bloc's first set of pan-EU rules on temporary seasonal workers which will give them the same work-place rights as EU nationals on minimum pay, working hours, holidays, and health and safety requirements. The European Commission estimates that over 100,000 third-country seasonal workers come to the EU every year. The legislation requires all applications to enter the EU as a seasonal worker to include a work contract or a binding job offer specifying essentials such as pay and working hours. In one of t... Read More »

New mortgage rules to be properly enforced EU-wide

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“For most families, a mortgage is the biggest and longest financial commitment they make. So we need these rules to drive progress towards an EU-wide mortgage market that is stable, integrated, and above all sustainable, with a high level of consumer protection, good information and balanced relations between lenders and borrowers”, said lead MEP Antolin Sanchez Presedo (S&D, ES). MEPs endorsed the deal struck with EU member states because they are satisfied that the European Banking Authority will be able to investigate an alleged breac... Read More »

New mortgage rules to be properly enforced EU-wide

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MEPs endorsed the deal struck with EU member states because they are satisfied that the European Banking Authority will be able to investigate an alleged breach of the rules, or failure to implement them, and ask the competent authorities in the member states for any information enabling it to do so. The legislation will cover mortgages on residential property, residential property including an office space and building land. The measures were approved by 596 votes to 31, with 65 abstentions. ... Read More »

What would you do if your doctor was 95% sure you had a serious illness?

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The report says it is unequivocal that climate change is occurring and confirms there is at least 95% certainty that human activities are the principal cause. In reaction to the report, Climate Action Commissioner Connie Hedegaard said: ''The issue is not whether to believe in climate change or not. The issue is whether to follow science or not. The day when all scientists with 100% certainty warn you against climate change, it will be too late. If your doctor was 95% sure you had a serious disease, you would immediately start looking for th... Read More »

CTC MEDIA signs Communique on implementation of the intellectual property rights legislation in the Internet

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Communique, a recommendatory document on coordinated activities of the intellectual property rights owners, was signed on July 25, 2013 in the Federal Service for Supervision in the Sphere of Telecom, Information Technologies and Mass Communications (ROSKOMNADZOR). Along with CTC Media, Inc. the project was backed by the head of ROSKOMNADZOR and executives of the largest intellectual property rights holding companies, telecommunications service providers and Internet resources, including Channel One, VGTRK, Mobile TeleSystems, MegaFon, Natio... Read More »

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