UK: 6 NEW OGEL ISSUED EXCLUDING SAUDI ARABIA AND COALITION PARTNERS

On 17th July, Notice to Exporters 2019/11 notified 6 new Open General Export Licences for military-related goods reissued to exclude exports to Saudi Arabia and its coalition partners in the Yemen conflict.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/notice-to-exporters-201911-6-new-ogels-issued/notice-to-exporters-201911-6-new-ogels-issued

 

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NIGERIAN COMPANIES BARRED FROM BIDDING FOR WORLD BANK AND AFDB CONTRACTS

Punch in Nigeria on 17th July reported that Lutoyilex Construct Limited, a construction company registered in Nigeria, has joined the list of firms debarred for fraudulent practices by the African Development Bank Group and other international bodies.  The Bank barred the company and its Managing Director, Mr Bamidele Obiniyi (aka Mr Bamidele Abayomi) for a period of 36 months.  In January, the group announced the debarment of another Nigerian company, ALG Global Concept Nigeria Limited, a construction company registered in Nigeria and its Managing Director, Mr Abuharaira Gero, for a period of 36 months.  In February, the World Bank debarred 2 Nigerian waste management companies and their owner for 5 years for “engaging in fraudulent practices” involving a project in Nigeria – Rojoke CNE Services Ltd. (Rojoke) and CNE Environmental & Waste Services Ltd. (CNE), and their owner, Robinson Ekenedilichukwu Ojoko, are ineligible to participate in World Bank-financed projects during the debarment.

https://punchng.com/fraud-nigerian-firm-lutoyilex-barred-from-bidding-for-wbank-afdb-contracts/

 

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EU COURT OF AUDITORS’ REPORT ON VAT AND CUSTOMS CHALLENGES FOR E-COMMERCE

On 17th July, the EU published a report from the Court of Auditors: E-commerce: many of the challenges of collecting VAT and customs duties remain to be resolved.  It found that found that despite recent positive developments the EU is not currently dealing adequately with these issues but have addressed some of the weaknesses identified with the “e-commerce package”.   It makes a number of recommendations as to how the European Commission and the Member States should better address the challenges identified and establish a sound regulatory and control framework.

https://www.eca.europa.eu/en/Pages/DocItem.aspx?did=50415

 

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ITALY AND SWEDEN: COURT DECISIONS ON LOW-THC CANNABIS PRODUCTS

A news release from the EU’s European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction on 17th July reported on decisions of the courts in 2 Member States.

Italy’s highest court, the Court of Cassation, published a note of information on the legality of selling low-THC cannabis.  This followed attempts to prosecute entrepreneurs who were openly selling cannabis flower and other extracts.  The court held that the sale and marketing to the public of products derived from cannabis is an offence under the Italian drug control law ‘unless the products are in practice devoid of narcotic effects’.

The Supreme Court of Sweden ruled on a case involving possession of ‘CBD oil’ extracted from industrial hemp.  The court ruled that, while industrial hemp is exempted from coverage, preparations made from it that contain THC are not exempted, and are therefore included in narcotic control laws.

http://www.emcdda.europa.eu/news/2019/italy-and-sweden-court-decisions-low-thc-cannabis-products_en

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EU AMENDS 1 ENTRY IN SUDAN SANCTIONS LIST

EU Regulation 2019/1208/EU has replaced the entry for Paul MALONG AWAN ANEI.

https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=uriserv:OJ.L_.2019.191.01.0004.01.ENG&toc=OJ:L:2019:191:TOC

 

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EU AMENDS NORTH KOREAN SANCTIONS LIST

EU Regulation 2019/12017/EU has had the effect of amending the listing of the Maritime Administration Bureau and removing the listing of RI Pyong Chol from one of the 2 Annexes to the original 2017 Regulation.

https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=uriserv:OJ.L_.2019.191.01.0001.01.ENG&toc=OJ:L:2019:191:TOC

 

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UK: REGULATOR PROPOSES STRICTER STANDARDS FOR AUDITORS

On 16th July, the Wall Street Journal reported that the Financial Reporting Council’s move follows findings of substandard audits of large companies.  The FRC has launched a consultation soliciting comment from the public on its proposed changes to the country’s ethical and auditing standards last reviewed in 2016, and which provide U.K. auditors with guidelines on how to conduct their work.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-k-regulator-proposes-stricter-standards-for-auditors-11563295509

The consultation itself is at –

https://www.frc.org.uk/news/july-2019/frc-consults-on-enhanced-ethical-and-auditing-stan

 

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