Kinstellar’s Belgrade Office has successfully advised the Serbian Orthodox Church on a case heard by an English High Court regarding claims of alleged abuse by clergymen in Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Croatia. DWF and Michael McParland, QC, also reportedly provided legal assistance to the Church in the UK.
Just as we entered the year of 2020, the Serbian Government enacted the new Regulation on Incentives to Investors for Production of Audio-visual Works in the Republic of Serbia (“Regulation”). The motives for enacting a new Regulation were the encouragement of investments and increasing employment in the field of audiovisual production, as well as the promotion of the potential of the Republic of Serbia in the said field.
On 10 August 2020, the Commissioner for Information of Public Importance and Personal Data Protection (the “Commissioner“) issued an official statement confirming that the recently annulled mechanism for the free transfer of personal data to the United States (better known as the “Privacy Shield Framework”) cannot be considered a lawful basis for the transfer of personal data anymore.
According to the newly adopted package of COVID-19 economic measures, financial aid will be provided to Serbian companies registered between 15 March 2020 and 20 July 2020, which were not able to apply for fiscal benefits from April this year. The measure is introduced by Conclusion of Serbian government 05 No. 401-6052/2020 (“Conclusion”). These companies may receive direct aid in one tranche in September, in the amount of 120% of the minimum wage for March (approx. EUR 300) for each employee. These funds can be used until 31 October 2020, and only for the purpose of employees’ salaries.
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.
As Europe begins a tentative re-opening following several difficult months of quarantining, social distancing, and working-from-home, we spoke to CMS’s Warsaw-based Employment Partner Katarzyna Dulewicz and Vienna-based Dispute Resolution Partner Daniela Karollus-Bruner for their perspective on the process.
Reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from the energy sector is critical to mitigating climate change. Studies have shown that the electricity sector will play a key role in this mission, primarily through decarbonizing electricity production, which is heavily dependent on the massive deployment of renewable energy.
The National Bank of Serbia (“NBS”) announced that it adopted the decision concerning temporary measures for Serbian banks (the “Decision”) on 17 August 2020. The Decision is aimed at facilitating an easier access to financial sources for purchasing residential real estate in Serbia by its citizens.
Karanovic & Partners has provided its analysis of the Serbian railway freight transport market to the World Bank Group and the Serbian Competition Commission. The firm's analysis — conducted in partnership with the Compass Lexecon consulting company — was provided as part of the Program for Improving the Business Environment in Serbia.
Rymarz Zdort and Prica & Partners have advised Innova Capital on the sale of 100% of the shares of subsidiary Trimo d.o.o. to Kingspan Group plc. Jadek & Pensa reportedly also advised Innova Capital on the deal, which remains subject to regulatory approvals and is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2020.