Sat, May. 29, 2004

Gaseous Emissions Deal

CK - Washington.   Yesterday, the Conference Commission for the Federal Diet, Bundesrat, and the Upper Chamber, Bundestag, submitted a Conference Bill to both chambers which would reduce red tape in the trade and permit process for gaseous emissions, the Gesetz über den Handel mit Berechtigungen zur Emission von Treibhausgasen, which implements the E.U. Directive 2003/87 on climate change as a Kyoto Protocol mechanism.

Instead of introducing a separate permit system, the Upper Chamber representing the states, Länder, wanted to combine the administration of the permits law with the process already in place for other emissions, and won. Next, the diet will review, and possibly pass, the bill. Then, the Upper Chamber may pass the bill at its next plenary session on June 11, 2004.



Help in Austria

CK - Washington.   Help.gv.at, an Austrian government site, explains numerous legal issues involving citizen interaction with government agencies. I recommend to German-reading readers, as an entry page, the official report of the Rotkäppchen, Red Riding Hood, incident which Margaret Marks of the translation blog TransBlawg noticed first. In the left margin, each page lists links to topics ranging, in German, from Adoption to Zivildienst and, in English, from Authorities through Working.

The authors advise that the English-language material is still incomplete. Not being admitted in Austria and Austrian law being as dissimilar from German law as Canadian law is from American law, I cannot vouch for the quality of the material but the site presents very interesting and practical introductions to many facets of Austrian law.


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