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Major Changes to Egyptian Legislation in 2020, Senate & Administrative 

Posted January 7, 2021

Creation Of A New Senate. Bill passed JUNE 7, 2020 establishing 300-seat Senate in which 1/3 is elected through a list system, 1/3 is elected individually, and 1/3 is appointed by the president. The bill also sets a 10% quota for female Senators. 

Ministerial Investment Committee (Decree 38 of 2020). Bill passed JANUARY 6, 2020 establishing a Ministerial Investment Committee chaired by the Prime Minister to replace the Ministry of Investment; responsible for encouraging investment promotion, setting venture and foreign direct investment (FDI) policies in Egypt; will also oversee investment dispute resolution

Amendments to the Unified Building Code (Law 119 of 2008). Preliminary approval granted by Parliament MARCH 9, 2020 Streamlining procedures and cutting red tape for obtaining building permits, which would last for three years; Imposing harsher penalties on violators and state officials found guilty of not enforcing the code, especially for building on agricultural land

Big Decisions Made in the U.S. Senate 

Posted January 7, 2021

Senate Override's President Trump's Veto of Defense Bill. On JANUARY 1, 2021 the U.S. Senate voted 81-13 to, for the first time, override a veto of President Trump by exceeding the necessary 2/3 majority. The decision is reflective of the widespread popularity of one of the bill's main features - a pay raise for the U.S. Military

Senate Certifies Presidential Election Results. On JANUARY 6, 2021 the U.S. Senate voted in the favor of the American people and electoral college by confirming that former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. will be sworn in as the 46th U.S. President on January 20, 2021. This decision came despite interruptions from pro-Trump protesters who stormed the Capitol Building, breaking in and causing an evacuation of the Senators. Only 6 Republican Senators dissented. 

Changes to the Senate Majority. On JANUARY 6, 2021 Senate runoff races in Georgia concluded, with Democrats Warnock and Ossoff defeating incumbent Republicans Loeffler and Purdue, respectively, and thus providing an even, 50/50 split in the Senate. Since soon-to-be Vice President Kamala Harris serves as the tie-breaker on Senate votes, this historic victory clears the way for an easier legislative path when President Biden takes office. 

Implications of Brexit

Posted January 7, 2021

The Transition Period Has Expired. The time in which British lawmakers could prepare for the exit from the European Union has expired, as of DECEMBER 31, 2020. The United Kingdom has now formally and completely departed from the E.U. with its independent governing system.

Retained E.U Laws. After the expiration of the transition period on DECEMBER 31, 2020 many of the European Union laws became inapplicable to the United Kingdom. However, there are a grouping of 150,000 laws and treaties that are being carried over - about 3,000 of which have a practical impact on the nation. Many are domestic laws formed in relation to EU regulation, or EU laws that were directly applicable in the UK without legislation, such as the EU's General Data Protection Regulation