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Barcelona’s City Council suspends the granting of permits of industrial kitchens or “dark kitchen”

On March 25, 2021, the Barcelona City Council Government Commission agreed to suspend, for a period of one year, the granting of activity permits for the following establishments: Heading 12:51/6: Activity with environmental impact: Establishment of a workshop and/or industrial kitchen for the preparation of ready meals without sale to the public or tasting (catering)…

On January 29, 2021, the Barcelona City Council Government Commission initially approved the Pla Especial Urbanístic d’Allotjaments Turístics (PEUAT).

NOTE RELATING TO THE INITIAL APPROVAL OF BARCELONA’S PEUAT On January 29, 2021, the Barcelona City Council Government Commission initially approved the Pla Especial Urbanístic d’Allotjaments Turístics (PEUAT). The announcement was published on February 1, 2021 in the Butlletí Oficial de la Província de Barcelona (BOPB), and the intention of the municipal government is to…

The new Catalan Law of urban economic promotion areas (LAPEU) allows the creation of privately managed areas in which compulsory fees may be charged to the premises included in its scope, with the possibility of a collection through a municipal levy procedure.

On January 13, 2021, Law 15/2020 of December 22, 2021, on urban economic promotion areas (hereinafter, LAPEU – Llei d’àrees de promoció econòmica urbana) came into force. According to the explanatory memorandum of the law, it is based on the example of Business Improvement Districts in countries such as Canada or Germany and aims to…

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Modification of Law 13/2002, of 21 June, on Tourism in Catalonia, by Law 5/2020, of 29 April, on tax, financial, administrative and public sector measures and the creation of a tax on installations that affect the environment.

The recent Law on tax measures approved by the Parliament of Catalonia has modified, among many other regulations, the Tourism Law in several of its precepts. The aforementioned modifications (16 in total) refer to various aspects and are included in article 169 of Law 5/2020. Despite the fact that the preamble of the Law does…

CJEU pronouncement regarding the requirement that certain judicial procedures in environmental matters not be prohibitively expensive

The Court of Justice of the European Union recently dictated a Judgement regarding the requirement that certain judicial procedures in environmental matters not be prohibitively expensive. This requirement is laid down by Directive 2011/92/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 December 2013 on the assessment of the effects of certain public…