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On 28 November 2022, the European Commission published its proposals for a Regulation amending Community Design Regulation No 2/2006 as well as a proposal for an amendment of the Community Design Directive.

Did You Know that, according to the Activity Rankings function of the CEELMDirect website, E+H Partner Ulrike Sehrschoen has worked on eight reported client matters in Austria in 2022 – more than any other lawyer? It's been a good year for E+H, as Sehrschoen’s chief competition for the end-of-year title comes from a colleague, E+H Partner Judith Feldner, who has worked on seven reported client matters this year.

Former Taylor Wessing Partner Matthias Noedl has returned to Cerha Hempel as a Senior Counsel in the firm’s Real Estate & Construction department.

In a recent decision, the Austrian Supreme Administrative Court (SAC) addressed party status and the requirements for an eligible complaint by recognised environmental organisations (EOs) in permit procedures under water law.

Austria's lawyers are keeping busy these days, with work primarily driven by an active M&A market, restructuring, litigation, and regulatory changes, while those changes are putting increasing pressure on small businesses, according to Act Legal Partner Roman Hager.

The amendment to the Austrian Copyright Act introduces a whole range of new provisions on copyright contract law, strengthening the position of authors and performers. In our first Legal Insight ("Austria: The (new) Copyright Contract Law") we provided some background information and an overview. In our second and third Legal Insights, we introduced the new remuneration provisions ("Austria: The (new) copyright remuneration rules for authors and performers") and the transparency obligation ("Austria: The (new) copyright transparency obligation"), which are based on the DSM Directive.

On 28 November 2022, the Council of the European Union gave its final approval to the Regulation on Foreign Subsidies distorting the Internal Market (FSR) following the adoption of the regulation by the European Parliament on 10 November 2022.