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UK: Bribery Act 2011

The Bribery Act will come into force on 1st July 2011. The Bribery Act will:

  • Introduce a corporate offence of failure to prevent bribery by persons working on behalf of a business. A business can avoid conviction if it can show that it has adequate procedures in place to prevent bribery.
  • Make it a criminal offence to give, promise or offer a bribe and to request, agree to receive or accept a bribe either at home or abroad. The measures cover bribery of a foreign public official.
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    Age rating for packages

    Operators and travel agents shall have a look to Brussels: The EU wants to implement a minors clause into the new PTD. As with Computer games and video movies Travel brochures then should mandatory provide an age rating with FSK symbols of the film industry. As traveling contains several risks for young people it is the duty of the travel industry to draw attention to that fact already before the booking out "said the MEP Robert Haywood-Jones. The European Tour Operators Association (ETOA) has already established a working group to
    Michael Wukoschitz's picture

    USA: new Regulations on Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability in Public Accommodations to come into force

    The U.S. Justice Department (DOJ) has issued new regulations on Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability in Public Accommodations and Commercial Facilities effective March 15, 2011. The new regulations will substantially limit the types of animals that will qualify as "service animals" under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

    Michael Wukoschitz's picture

    France: new Transport Code

    On Dec. 1, 2010, the provisions of the French Civil Aviation Code (Code de l'aviation civile - "CAC") were re-codified within the
    French Transport Code (Code des transports - "CDT"), a new legislative framework not just for civil aviation but also for other means of transport.

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    USA: third attempt to introduce Air Passenger Bill of Rights

    Rep. Congressman Mike Thompson, D-California, announced to introduce an "Air Passenger Bill of Rights of 2011" which would require all airlines to provide water, food, working toilets, ventilation and the option for passengers to deplane if there is an extended delay. The bill would not be limited to domestic flights but also apply to all carriers flying in or out of the country, including non-U.S.-based airlines. This is the third time Thompson has introduced this legislation. The previous two bills failed to get off the ground.

    Stephan Keiler's picture

    EU Directive on Consumer Rights

    The EP Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) has adopted last week the Draft Directive on Consumer Rights (including some exceptions regarding packages under the PTD) with lots of amendments on the basis of the Draft adopted by Council on January 24. Now a Working Document providing a informal consolidated version has been published:

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    Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008

    The law governing false or misleading statements which may be made in respect of travel arrangements, holidays, accommodation, facilities, prices etc. in the UK was long contained in the Trade Descriptions Act 1968 and the Consumer Protection Act 1987 Most of the provisions of these two Acts have now bee replaced by these  Regulations which represent the biggest change in consumer law in the UK in 40 years

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    European Union: consultation on collective consumer redress

    The main purpose is to identify common legal principles on collective redress. The consultation should help examine how such common principles could fit into the EU legal system and into the legal orders of the 27 EU Member States.

    To read the consultation document, click here.

    Michael Wukoschitz's picture

    Ukraine: new tourism tax

    From 01 January 2011 local councils in the Ukraine may introduce a tourism tax which according to the Tax Code of Ukraine applies to citizens of Ukraine, foreigners as well as stateless persons who temporarily stay in their territory.

    Stephan Keiler's picture

    EU Consumer Rights Directive

    European Parlament's Internal Market Committee (IMCO) agreed (22 pro, 16 against, 1 abstention) on a amended proposal (COM [2008] 614 final) for a new Consumer Rights Directive including fully-harmonised information rules and delivery deadlines. 1600 amendments had been taken into account. All documents related can be found here Source: EP Press Release: