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    • 04/07/2022
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    Stockholm SCC Tribunal declines jurisdiction in ECT arbitration based on intra-EU objection

    For the first time ever, on 16 June 2022, an arbitral tribunal in Green Power Partners K/S SCE and SCE Solar Don Benito APS v The Kingdom of Spain (SCC Arbitration V (2016/135) held that it had no jurisdiction to hear the claims of two Danish investors against Spain based upon the intra-EU jurisdictional objection.

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    • 04/07/2022
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    European Commission’s new approach to enforcement of sustainability chapters in FTAs

    On 22 June 2022, the European Commission published a communication on “The power of trade partnerships: together for green and just economic growth”, which sets out a new approach to promoting green and just growth through trade agreements. Given that many of the EU trade agreements already include commitments in the field of trade and sustainable development (TSD), the European Union aims to strengthen the implementation and enforcement of those commitments. In particular, the European Union will now seek to extend the application of the standard State-to-State dispute settlement procedure to the TSD chapters in its trade agreements and to impose trade sanctions in case of non-compliance.

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    • 30/06/2022
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    The International Procurement Instrument: a new trade policy tool promoting reciprocity in access to international public procurement and concession markets

    Access of Union economic operators, goods or services to public procurement and concession markets from third countries as well as the elimination of restrictive public procurement practices in third countries remains an important policy objective of the European Union (Union). On 23 June 2022, the Union therefore adopted the International Procurement Instrument (IPI). The general objective of the IPI is achieving reciprocity by opening third-country public procurement and concession markets and improving market access opportunities for Union economic operators, goods or services. The present newsflash provides a synopsis of the set of rules of the IPI that shall soon enter into force.

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    • 23/02/2022
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    ICSID tribunal declines to revisit its decision in light of the CJEU’s judgment in Komstroy

    On 1 February 2022, the tribunal in Infracapital v. Kingdom of Spain (ICSID Case No. ARB/16/18) dismissed Spain’s request to reconsider the tribunal’s jurisdiction to hear a dispute under the Energy Charter Treaty (“ECT”). In its Reconsideration Decision, the tribunal examines and rejects Spain’s intra-EU jurisdictional objection based on the judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) in Case C-741/19, Republic of Moldova v. Komstroy LLC (“Komstroy”) (see our client alert). According to the tribunal, the Komstroy judgment is entirely irrelevant to its rulings on jurisdiction and on liability. Please click on the link below to read our client alert on this matter.

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    • 14/01/2022
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    欧州委員会による炭素国境調整措置(CBAM)導入規則案の公表及び日本企業への示唆 / Note on the implications of future EU CBAM for Japan

    2021年7月14日、欧州委員会は、炭素国境調整措置(CBAM)を導入する規則案を公表しました。今後、欧州議会や閣僚理事会により重要な修正が加えられる可能性もありますが、本稿では、規則案において提案されているCBAMの主要な要素及び日本企業への示唆を説明します。

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    • 09/12/2021
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    The Commission Publishes Regulation to Counter Economic Coercion

    On 8 December 2020, the European Commission (“Commission”) published its proposal for a Regulation on the protection of the EU and its Member States from economic coercion by third countries (“proposed Anti-coercion Regulation”).[1] The proposal aims to deter third countries from pressuring the EU or a Member State through trade or investment-related measures by empowering the Commission to strike back with a wide range of countermeasures. This Client Alert provides a first glance at the proposal and offers some initial comments.

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