* Liechtenstein & Germany – Tax Data Exchange Liechtenstein and Germany are currently considering the idea of concluding a withholding tax agreement with an automatic exchange of tax information. For more information please follow the link. ———————————————————————————————————————————————– * New Rules in the EU Standardisation System The European Union (EU) prepare a new regulation modernising the EU Standardisation system and will also be better plugged into the international standardisation system. The new rules enter into force on 1 January 2013 and will apply directly in all member states. Kindly check here. ———————————————————————————————————————————————– * Equasis 2011 Annual Report published “The world merchant fleet in 2011” has been published and is available for download. Equasis is database containing safety-related information on the world’s merchant fleet from both public and private sources. ———————————————————————————————————————————————– * New ISO standard for eco-efficiency assessment 13 September 2012 The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) published a new standard describing the principles, requirements and guidelines for eco-efficiency assessment for product systems. ISO 14045:2012, Environmental management – Eco-efficiency assessment of product systems – Principles, requirements and guidelines is available through the ISO Store. ———————————————————————————————————————————————– * Singapore & Vietnam Sign DTA Protocol 12 September 2012 Singapore and Vietnam signed a protocol to amend the existing double taxation agreement (DTA) between the two countries. For more, please check here.