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On 13 January 2021, new provisions regarding the minimum gross salary guaranteed at national level were announced in the Romanian Official Gazette.

Last month, one of the world’s largest messaging apps, WhatsApp, began notifying its users of the new Privacy Policy that would take effect as of 8 February 2021. The users were notified that they would no longer be able to use the app if they do not accept the new Privacy Policy, as of the effective date.

According to the changes of the act of the local business tax adopted on 26 November 2020, taxpayers have to submit their tax return to the tax authority, which means that what was an option until the end of the 2020 year, has become an obligation. As of 1 January 2021, the tax authority supervises and verifies the tax returns and also indicates immediately the calculation errors to the taxpayers, which can be corrected by correction or self-audit.

During the course of last year and with the aim to mitigate the expected difficult economic situation in Serbia caused by COVID – 19 pandemic, the Government of the Republic of Serbia (the “Government”) issued two by-laws – Regulation on Fiscal Reliefs and Direct Payments to Commercial Subjects in Private Sector and Pecuniary Aid to the Citizens in order to Mitigate the Economic Consequences caused by COVID – 19  and accompanying Conclusion of the Government (jointly referred to as the “Relief Regulations”), providing economic aid to the private commercial sector in the form of fiscal reliefs and direct payments.

The dynamic and challenging 2020 somehow distracted the attention of the EU citizens and businesses to the fact that on 31 January last year the United Kingdom made its important step out of the European Union. The transitional period, that was agreed to cover the whole 2020, ensured no changes to the way the day-to-day business was done during the past year. That came to its end on 1 January 2021, when the UK effectively left the European Union and the free movement of workers between the EU member states and the United Kingdom was officially over.

The National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia adopted a set of amendments to the tax laws and laws on excises, which were published in the Official Gazette of RS no. 153/2020 of December 21, 2020.

In the last years, cybersecurity has become one of the European Commission’s critical priorities. Given that the landscape of threats has significantly expanded, it comes as no surprise that the Commission has proposed a revised version (the “Proposal”) of the Directive concerning measures for a high common level of security of network and information systems across the Union (“NIS Directive”).

On 1 January 2021, the new Act No. 254/2019 Sb., on Experts, Expert Offices and Expert Institutes (the Act on Experts), entered into force, replacing Act No. 36/1967 Sb., on Experts and Interpreters. This is undoubtedly the most significant change in this area in the last 30 years. Below is a selection of the most important changes:

It is quite rare for the Turkish courts specialized in matters of intellectual property rights (“IP Courts”) and the Turkish Patent and Trademark Office (“TPTO”) to acknowledge the concept of bad faith in trademark registrations. In this sense, the recent Target Ventures decision of the General Court of the European Union (“EGC”) regarding bad faith in trademark registration applications is worth discussing, as this crucial decision sheds light on how bad faith should be assessed and may, therefore, also constitute a basis for Turkish IP practice in the future.

A fundamental change brought about with effect from 1 January 2021 by a major amendment to the Commercial Corporations Act was the long-awaited new setting of the monistic system of the joint stock company’s internal structure. We bring you an overview of the most significant changes and practical complications that arise in current practice.

At one of the last sessions, the Serbian Parliament adopted amendments to the tax laws governing the taxation of companies and natural persons, as well as general tax procedures. The main driver for the reform was the introduction of the taxation regime for digital assets and open-end and alternative investment funds.

When Google announced its $2.1 billion merger deal with the smartwatch and fitness-tracker company Fitbit last year (“Deal”), consumer advocacy and anti-trust regulators have expressed concerns over the proposed acquisition. As a consequence, in August last year the European Commission (“EC”) opened an in-depth investigation to assess whether the said merger is in line with the EU Merger Regulation.

In March 2020, the coronavirus crisis urged the Hungarian government to introduce extraordinary measures to mitigate the economic consequences. This led to a general moratorium for all retail and corporate financings until the end of 2020. As one of the last measures of 2020, the Hungarian government decided to prolong the moratorium due to the second wave of the pandemic.

Turkey and the United Kingdom (the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland ) (the “UK”) signed the Free Trade Agreement (the “FTA”) on December 29th, 2020 just before the UK exits European Union (the “EU”). The FTA, which came into force as of January 1st, 2021, ensures special trading terms for UK businesses, which can continue to export and import under preferential tariffs, compared with no agreement.

Since the Mining Law no. 85/2003 (“Mining Law”) entered into force on March 27, 2003, the economic and social environment in Romania has undergone a major evolution, marked by the increase of investments, especially with the accession to the European Union, in 2007. However, the legislation did not manage to keep up this fastened pace and the Romanian authorities are now trying to adjust the legal framework to the requirements of this continuously changing economic life. In this regard, after three years of debate in the Parliament, Law no. 275/2020 for amending and supplementing the Mining Law no. 85/2003 (“Law no. 275/2020”) entered into force on December 17, 2020.