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March, 2020

COVID-19 Croatia Update

COVID-19 and Force Majeure in Croatia

Last Updated on 25 March 2020 Pursuant to the Croatian law, in order for the event to be deemed as force majeure, it is supposed to be an external, unpredictable, atypical and unrecoverable event. Although the COVID-19 outbreak definitely represents a global health risk, it may not always be clear how it affects the rights […]

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March, 2020

COVID-19 Bosnia and Herzegovina Update

Effects of COVID-19 Outbreak on Employment Issues in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Last Updated on 25 March 2020, 15:00 CET Governments in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (“FBH”) and in the Republic of Srpska declared a state of disaster and emergency on 16 March. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, a set of measures was introduced in order to prevent further spread of coronavirus. In the Republic […]

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March, 2020

COVID-19 North Macedonia Update

North Macedonia Announces Tax Measures to Curb the Impact of COVID-19

Last Updated on 25 March 2020 at 12:30 CET   On 18 March 2020, the President of the Republic of North Macedonia declared a state of emergency due to the COVID-19 outbreak throughout the entire territory of the country for 30 days, with the possibility of extension. The Ministry of Finance of North Macedonia announced […]

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March, 2020

COVID-19 Montenegro Update

Tax-Related Measures introduced in Montenegro due to COVID-19 Outbreak

Last Updated on 25 March 2020, 12:00 CET Unlike most of the countries in the region, Montenegro did not yet declare a state of emergency, nor declare an epidemic of COVID-19. Furthermore, the Montenegrin authorities did not introduce many tax-related measures in other to curb the effects of the coronavirus outbreak. In terms of wording, […]

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March, 2020

COVID-19 Bosnia and Herzegovina Update

Changes to Tax Regulations in Bosnia and Herzegovina due to COVID-19 Outbreak

Last Updated on 25 March 2020, 12:00 CET   The Government of Federation of Bosnia & Herzegovina (FBH) announced that the Ministry of Finance is working on the reduction of the corporate income tax rate of up to 50% on 16 March 2020, because of the current situation. It has also been announced that all […]

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March, 2020

COVID-19 Privacy Update

Privacy in the Time of Corona

As almost the entire world is under a lockdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, countries are racing to use any means available to combat the disease and hinder its rapid spreading. Many of them are starting to use innovative technology for this purpose, including digital surveillance tools for monitoring citizens’ whereabouts, which are proving to […]

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March, 2020

COVID-19 Serbia Update

New Tax Measures Introduced in Serbia due to COVID-19 Outbreak

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Serbia declared a state of emergency on 15 March, and a virus epidemic on 19 March. The authorities have announced specific tax measures aimed at protecting the health and safety of its citizens and curbing the economic impact.   Reduction of interest for late payments First specific tax measure during […]

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March, 2020

COVID-19 Bosnia and Herzegovina Update

Force Majeure and COVID-19 in Bosnia and Herzegovina

The current situation regarding the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic caused the need for the competent authorities to take certain repressive measures, with the primary objective of protecting public health. However, such measures inevitably influenced the development of economic flows in all countries, including Bosnia and Herzegovina. In this way, the business capacities of many […]

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March, 2020

COVID-19 Serbia Update

Employers Guide to Measures Introduced During the COVID-19 Outbreak

As the Serbian Government continually introduces new measures and restrictions in an attempt to control the COVID-19 outbreak, several issues have arisen in respect of employment relations in the past few days. Having in mind the frequent updates and amendments of the situation, and in order to avoid panic at the workplace, the employers should […]

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March, 2020

COVID-19 North Macedonia Update

Employment Situation in North Macedonia During the COVID-19 Outbreak

On 18 March 2020, the President of the Republic of North Macedonia declared a state of emergency due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) throughout the entire territory of the country for 30 days, with the possibility of extension. During the past week, the Government of North Macedonia (“Government”) adopted several measures listed below that affect the […]

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March, 2020

COVID-19 Croatia Update

Government of Croatia Prolongs Tax Payments due to COVID-19 Outbreak

The Croatian Government adopted 66 economic measures due to the COVID-19 outbreak on 17 March, with their main purpose being the preservation of jobs and financial liquidity. In accordance with the measures concerning tax issues, the Croatian Parliament amended the General Tax Act, Profit Tax Act, and the Income Tax Act. The main amendment is […]

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March, 2020

COVID-19 Montenegro Update

Central Bank of Montenegro Issues Moratorium on Loans and Leasing

As Montenegro had become the latest country in the region to be struck down by the unfortunate developments regarding the COVID-19 outbreak, the Central Bank of Montenegro adopted the Decision on Temporary measures for mitigating the negative effects of new coronavirus on the financial system, effective from 20 March 2020 and available on the official […]

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March, 2020

COVID-19 Serbia Update

Government Regulates Deadlines in Court Proceedings During the COVID-19 State of Emergency

Last Updated on 21 March 17:00 CET Five days after the introduction of the state of emergency in Serbia, the Government decided to implement certain measures related to performing certain legal actions in litigations and other court proceedings that are currently being disrupted due to several previous recommendations of the Ministry of Justice on limiting […]

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March, 2020

COVID-19 Slovenia Update

Moratorium on Loans and Other Financial Measures to Maintain Financial Stability in Slovenia due to COVID-19 Epidemic

Last Updated on 6 April 2020, 21:00 CET In an effort to help businesses due to unfortunate developments with COVID-19 and declaration of epidemic in Slovenia, the Slovenian government has adopted an Act on emergency measures of payment deferral of the borrowers, which shall be valid for 18 months. The aim of this act is […]

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March, 2020

COVID-19 Slovenia Update

Employment Situation in Slovenia During the COVID-19 Outbreak

After Slovenia closed schools followed by an announcement of an epidemic on 12 March and the Prime Minister called for self-isolation, questions arose regarding what happens to employment relationships and how the businesses should react. Suddenly working from home, where possible, seemed to be the only solution to prevent COVID-19 from spreading. The competent Ministry […]

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March, 2020

COVID-19 Regional Update

Intellectual Property in the Balkans and EU During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Last Updated on 27 March 2020 All countries in the region undertook measures for ensuring the protection of public health due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Personal contact is limited to a minimum, and direct filings before the local IP offices are a rare option.   In North Macedonia, the parties, in practice, could communicate with the […]

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March, 2020

COVID-19 Croatia Update

Remote Work during COVID-19 Epidemic in Croatia

Croatian Labour Act already provides the possibility for employers to agree to remote (home) work with their employees, following certain requirements (specific content of employment agreements, in addition to standard provisions – such as working hours, required equipment, compensation of work-related costs, etc). Employees working remotely are entitled to the same rights as regular employees […]

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March, 2020

COVID-19 Slovenia Update

COVID-19 as Force Majeure under Slovenian Legislation

As governments implement ever stricter measures to combat the global COVID-19 pandemic more and more businesses find themselves in the unfortunate position in which they are unsure if they will be able to perform their contractual obligations to their business partners. The Slovenian Government has imposed several measures aimed at slowing the virus spread, such […]

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March, 2020

COVID-19 North Macedonia Update

North Macedonia Introduces Measures to Combat COVID-19 Outbreak

The President of the Republic of North Macedonia declared a state of emergency to combat the outbreak of COVID-19. The measure will initially be in place for 30 days. The Government of the Republic of North Macedonia (“Government“) also announced an initial set of economic measures for mitigating the consequences suffered by the businesses and caused […]

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March, 2020

COVID-19 Serbia Update

National Bank of Serbia Introduces Moratorium on Loans and Leasing due to COVID-19 Outbreak

Last Updated on 19 March 2020, 15:00 CET Due to the developments regarding the outbreak of COVID-19 and the declaration of a state of emergency in Serbia, the National Bank of Serbia (“NBS”) undertook emergency measures to facilitate the position of citizens and businesses in servicing debts. The two decisions on temporary measures (the “Decisions”) […]

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