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WHAT'S NEXT?: Substantive regulatory change is likely to happen in the next decade as a result of the recent U.S. Presidential election, Brexit and efforts to reduce the impacts of climate change, increase trade and reduce bureaucracy while legislating for new forms of technological advancement such as robots, driverless cars and drones.

  • [New] The European Commission released its Fit for 55 package, which sets a legally binding target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) in the EU by at least 55% by 2030. Politico
  • [New] When revising the gaming law, the MSAR Government will strengthen its supervision of gaming promoters and their business, with a view to ensuring Macau's tourism and entertainment industry will be developed in a healthy and orderly way. IAG
  • [New] The EC is proposing a revision of EU rules on date marking by year-end 2022, alongside legally binding targets for food waste reduction across the EU by the end of 2023. S&P Global Platts
  • [New] Legislation is coming at the European Parliament that will oblige companies operating in the EU to eradicate human rights violations in their supply chains and it will also benefit the workers of Pakistan, besides helping the environment. Radio Pakistan
  • [New] The laws around mobile phone use while driving are to be tightened under new UK government plans to make any use of a hand-held phone illegal. Tech Xplore
  • [New] Drones have numerous legal and popular uses - from taking glam real-estate photos to checking on pipelines - the United States and global governments face a balancing act in trying to reduce the risks drones could pose. Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
  • [New] A numerically capped safe and legal route from France to the UK may actually increase demand for unsafe crossings because it might serve to attract people to France. Free Movement
  • [New] Time and again business people, in sectors old and new, turn to English law - or to New York law, with its similar methodology - when choosing which law will govern their contracts. CityAM
  • [New] Internet platform companies in China are facing a slew of new data regulations that could curtail the use of recommendation engines. The Asset
  • [New] Members of the European Parliament will introduce a European High-Level Group of Digital Regulators to coordinate the enforcement of the DMA and ensure regulatory power stays with the Commission, rather than with social media companies. commentary
  • [New] Germany's incoming government plans to urge Brussels to be tougher on the rule of law, supports EU treaty changes and might just be open to changing Europe's debt rules. Politico
  • [New] Under state law, utilities like Xcel, must reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% over 2005 levels by 2030. The Colorado Sun
  • [New] State regulators denied permits for two proposed natural gas power plants, again citing the landmark climate law, which requires New York to transition its power sector to net-zero emissions by 2040 and to reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions 85% below 1990 levels by 2050. Inside Climate News
  • [New] Last week, Germany's energy regulator temporarily halted the certification process for the new pipeline that will carry Russian gas into Europe, throwing up a new roadblock to the contentious project and driving up regional gas prices.
  • [New] Ministers expect up to 145,000 charge points to be installed annually as a result of the new building regulations for England, which they intend to lay before Parliament by the end of the year. Transport Network
  • [New] South Asia has implemented laws that have improved opportunities for women and gained ten points on the Women Business and the Law index over the last decade. World Bank Blogs
  • [New] New homes and buildings in England will be required by law to install electric vehicle charging points from 2022. BBC News
  • [New] The British government has introduced legislation that will require all newly built homes and offices to feature electric vehicle chargers in England. Electrek
  • [New] When Canadian cannabis laws evolve to include delivery, options like Uber Eats are expected to help decrease impaired driving and improve safety on the road, Uber Canada said in its release. Axios
  • [New] The U.S. government recognizes that the laws of war require as a minimum that feasible precautions must be taken in conducting an attack to reduce the risk of harm to civilians. Just Security

Last updated: 30 November 2021