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On June 26, 2024, Ukraine’s National Energy and Utilities Regulatory Commission (NEURC) adopted the Resolution "On Approval of Amendments to Certain Resolutions of the NEURC", which introduces special auctions for ancillary services. The Resolution aims to facilitate much-needed investment into energy generating capacity and energy storage units in Ukraine, and will ultimately contribute to better grid balancing in the country.

The Act on Restrictive Measures (OG No. 133/2023, the “Act“) entered into force on 15 November 2023 (with the application of certain main provisions as of 15 May 2024). The Act establishes more effective due diligence and reporting procedures and mechanisms, which will enable the Republic of Croatia to implement new and more complex sanctions regimes from the European Union and United Nations.

The Republic Geodetic Authority of Serbia (“RGZ“) announced in June 2024 that it has conducted a mass assessment of apartment values across Serbia, aiming to set a new standard in transparency and accessibility of real estate data.

The renewable energy sector has seen significant growth and transformation over recent years, and Greece is no exception. With almost 45% of its total energy production coming from Renewable Energy Sources (RES) like solar and wind power, Greece is experiencing a shift towards more sustainable energy solutions.

The amendment to the ESG Act was published in the Hungarian Official Gazette of 17 April 2024 and entered into force in May 2024.

New Customs Law brought about additional certainty in social relations – the subject law clearly envisages in its Article 35 that the customs authority may, in the procedure of post-release control/examination, verify the existence, authenticity, accuracy, and validity of any accompanying document.

A recent legislative amendment to Law no. 17/2014, concerning certain measures regulating the sale of extra muros agricultural land, which also amends Law no. 268/2001 on the privatisation of companies managing public and private state-owned agricultural land and the establishment of the State Domains Agency (“Law 17”), has been proposed in the Romanian Senate. This amendment aims to introduce a new category of pre-emptors: owners of land adjoining extra muros arable land, regardless of the location within or outside city limits and regardless of the land use category.

On 17 June 2024 the Ministry of Finance published a draft law amending the Polish real estate tax (RET) regulations. The amendment is primarily aimed at adjusting Polish RET regulations to last year's verdicts of the Constitutional Tribunal (ref. SK 14/21 and SK 23/19) questioning the constitutionality of the existing regulations and repealing them with effect from the beginning of 2025. However, the proposed changes may also significantly affect the RET burden for entities from a wide range of business industries.

Facial recognition has recently become something mundane: for example, every day we can see smartphones that offer the option to unlock the phone using the owner’s face.

On 18 June 2024, by Order of the Ukrainian National Office for Intellectual Property and Innovations ("UANIPIO") No. 93/2024, the personnel of the Appeals Chamber of the UANIPIO ("Appeals Chamber") was approved. Notwithstanding the challenges associated with the war, the Appeals Chamber has resumed work.