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Administrative action affects all citizens and companies. Administrative law regulates the administrative acts of governments, municipalities, provinces, ministries, independent administrative agencies, and the cooperative bodies or compacts. The acts of regulatory agencies such as the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets, the Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets, the Dutch Central Bank (DNB), and the Dutch Data Protection Authority all create administrative laws and regulations that can affect you and your business.

Resolución provides the necessary expertise to help you navigate these challenges.

In the Netherlands, the General Administrative Law Act (GALA) (Algemene wet bestuursrecht (Awb)) forms the core of administrative law. GALA creates general rules on the relationship between the government and citizens or companies. The Act also allows citizens and companies to cooperate with the government, or to obtain permissions, permits, and/or subsidies. And if it is necessary to pursue litigation, GALA allows for judicial review of disputed decisions.

Resolución specialises in regulation, law enforcement, and the execution of the government’s powers. Resolución can help you traverse these multifaceted administrative interactions.

The Financial Supervision Act (Wet op het financieel toezicht (Wft)) creates the rules concerning the regulation of financial companies including insurers, banks, and investment firms. The Wft establishes compliance conditions for financial companies and creates regulatory powers for the Dutch Central Bank (DNB) and the Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM). This includes the regulation of pension funds. Resolución’s expertise with the Wft can help you to deal with these regulators.

A few examples of public bodies applying economic administrative law are:

  • The Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM) entrusted with consumer protection, competition, and regulation of the energy, telecommunication, postal services and transport markets.
  • The Inspectorate SZW (Inspectie SZW: I-SZW) supervises compliance with the Foreign Nationals Employment Act, the Minimum Wage and Minimum Holiday Allowance Act, the Working Conditions Act and the Working Hours Act.
  • The Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (Nederlandse Voedsel- en Warenautoriteit: nVWA) entrusted with animal and plant health and food and product safety.
  • The Dutch Data Protection Autority (DPA) (Autoriteit persoonsgegevens: AP) entrusted with data protection and data breaches.

Resolución provides focused speciality in economic and financial administrative law. Additionally, Resolución can assist with navigating planning and environmental law.

Increasingly, governments and companies have to head the rules and regulations of the European Union. EU legislation is at the core of economic and financial administrative law, and has a massive impact on national administrative law. Resolución is not only familiar with European administrative law, but also with European subsidies, the rules on state aid, and public procurement.

The Government has many invasive and far-reaching powers to enforce the law, including inspecting, sanctioning, and imposing high administrative fines. Resolución specialises in the law on administrative fines, and can help you challenge these powers.

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