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Legal updates

Public matters - May 2018

This edition includes updates on New Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards, the Habitats Directive 92/43/EEC, eDisclosure, and state aid after Brexit.

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Legal updates

What does the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill tell us about what will happen for state aid after Brexit?

The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill currently making its way through the Houses of Parliament is intended to ensure that the UK statutory framework continues to function once we have left the European Union.

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MEES: New Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards for commercial property – what do local authorities need to know?

The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015 (the ‘MEES Regulations’) came into force on 1 April 2018.

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People Over Wind and Sweetman - project design v mitigation – recent CJEU case muddies the waters

A recent decision at the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in the matter of People Over Wind and Sweetman v Coillte Teoranta (C-323/17) has potentially altered the current UK position in relation to appropriate assessments under the Habitats Directive 92/43/EEC.

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