In recent years rail projects in Colombia have received a boost, in an attempt to reduce costs and times in logistics chains, among other benefits brought by a reactivation of the sector. This led to new legislation on a range of topics. In this article we describe the characteristics of the contractual risk policy for freight rail projects and their distribution. We also provide an overview of the rail projects currently in progress.
Following a series of reforms in the Mexican energy sector implemented by the current administration, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has submitted a request for consultations with the Mexican government pursuant to Articles 31.2 and 31.4 of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).
The electricity system has been a big focus point in Mexico in recent years and is now attracting attention after the government’s attempt to implement changes (particularly the sought constitutional reform). This article describes the state of play, arranged in the order of events.
The circular economy presents itself as an alternative to the current production and consumption model. It is built around the aim to decouple economic activity from consumption of finite resources and to transition to the use of renewable energy sources. And the goal of this economic concept intertwined with sustainability is resource efficiency by turning one person's waste into another's resource. In this article we look at where Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru stand regarding the circular economy.
Social infrastructure projects are booming in Latin America. Certain innovative tools such as public-private associations (or alliances) are becoming more relevant as an increasingly attractive option to materialize such projects, by guaranteeing the efficiency and quality of the hospitals, roads and education centers, etc. delivered. We provide details on the current situation and future prospects of social infrastructure in Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru.
The novelties translate into an increase in the regulatory burden: the requirements to accredit the legal, technical and financial capacities of the applicants and the obligations they assume when the permit is granted are increased.
On April 5 and 7, 2022, the Plenary of the National Supreme Court of Justice (SCJN) discussed the draft resolution for the unconstitutionality action 64/2021 filed by some Senators of the Congress of the Union against certain articles of the Decree of March 2021, by means of which several provisions of the Electricity Industry Law (LIE) were amended and added.
The new term for suppliers to answer consumer claims (reclamos) is 15 business days, time which cannot be extended, replacing the previous term of 30 calendar days, which could be extended for an additional 30 days. Additionally, the amendment provides that the supplier must now answer complaints (quejas) and within 15 business days.
On December 15, the Official State Gazette (BOE) published Law 16/2021, amending (once again) Law 12/2013, on measures to improve the functioning of the food supply chain (the Food Supply Chain Law or LCA, after its initials in Spanish).The new law contains major new legislation for all the businesses participating in the food industry (affecting foreign companies for the first time). Here we analyze its key elements.
Aiming at transitioning to a carbon-neutral economy, Portugal has committed to adopt strategies towards carbon neutrality based on renewable energy sources, with a focus on energy efficiency and energy consumer.