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Long-awaited reforms to the Canadian Competition Act (“Act”) have arrived and represent the most comprehensive amendments to the Act in over a decade. Recent and proposed amendments to the abuse of dominance provisions are likely to have a significant impact on how businesses operating in Canada assess and manage risk.

Although often viewed as one of the most open economies in Europe, the broader European policy push for more foreign direct investment (FDI) screening has also given momentum to the Dutch legislature to design and implement the very first Dutch cross-sector FDI screening regime. On 1 June 2023, the Act on Security Screening of Investments, Mergers, and Acquisitions (“Vifo Act”) entered into force.

A key step towards the adoption of the EU AI Act was reached on 2 February 2024 as the draft text received unanimous approval from the European Council’s main preparatory body. There are further votes to follow before the Act is adopted, but it’s looking likely that the final vote will take place in April and some substantive provisions of the Act could be in force soon after that, possibly by the end of the year.

On 24 November 2023, the National Assembly officially approved the new Law on Telecommunications (“New Telecom Law”). This new law will soon supersede the existing 2009 Law on Telecommunications, which has been effective since 2010. The New Telecom Law will take effect on 1 July 2024, but its notable provisions regulating over-the-top (OTT) communications, data center (DC), and cloud computing (“Cloud”) services will take effect six months later, on 1 January 2025.