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In line with the new Health Care Law (“Law“) which came into force on April 11, 2019, the Business Registers Agency (“BRA“) announced the establishment of a new Register of Health Care Institutions on October 11, 2020, after which the Health Care Institutions, both private and public owned, shall be obliged to harmonise with the Register of Health Care Institutions maintained by BRA.

Independent data protection authorities (“DPA”), such as Commissioner for Information of Public Importance and Personal Data Protection in the Republic of Serbia (“Commissioner”), have significant role and authorities in case of personal data breach.

The Law on Consumer Protection (Official Gazette of RS no. 62/2014, 6/2016 – other law and 44/2018 – other law; “LCP 2014“) prescribes seller’s liability for non-conformity of goods that occurs within a period of two years after the transfer of risk to the consumer.

On 17 August 2020, the National Bank of Serbia (“NBS”) adopted the Decision on temporary measures for banks to facilitate access to financing for natural persons (“Decision”), which was published in the Official Gazette of RS no. 108 on 20 August 2020 and which will enter into force on 28 August 2020.

Privacy Shield is a legal mechanism that has been used since 2016 as a basis for data transfer from the EU to the US. Controllers subject to the Serbian Law on Personal Data Protection (“LPDP”) could also use the benefits of this arrangement given the relevant provisions of the LPDP and special decisions of the Government of the Republic of Serbia.

The Law on Central Register of Mandatory Social Insurance (“ZOCROSO”) was amended at the end of 2019 and the most important novelty was the extension of deadline for employers to adjust to the Decision on single codebook for entry and codification of information in databases in the field of labour, enacted in 2018 (“the Decision“).

The Law on fees for the use of public goods (“the Law“) prescribes an obligation for legal entities and entrepreneurs that are deemed to have negative environmental impact to pay the fees for protection and improvement of the environment (“Eco-fee“).

In accordance with the Law on Health and Safety at Work, the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs passed a Rulebook on preventive measures for safe and healthy work for prevention of onset and spreading of epidemic of communicable disease (“the Rulebook”), published in the Official Gazette of RS no. 94/2020 on 3 July 2020 that will enter into force on 11 July 2020.

Entities regularly enter into contractual relationships striving to exercise the rights and obligations specific for a particular relation, in a manner previously defined by the meeting of minds within the limits of mandatory regulations, public order and best practice. When concluding a contract and exercising rights and obligations from such relationship, the parties shall abide by the principles of fairness and diligence.

The Supreme Court of Austria has recently passed a decision whereby it ordered an employer to compensate the employee for non-material damages in the amount of EUR 2,400.00 (cca EUR 400.00 per month of monitoring), as the company vehicle used by the employee was equipped with GPS system for monitoring without appropriate legal ground. The court deemed that the use of GPS tracking system affected the employee’s privacy and thus created basis for damage compensation.

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