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All citizens of a legal and democratically governed state should have the opportunity to enjoy free education, health, police and judicial protection, clean streets and much more that is perceived as "free of charge". However, in order for such a social system to function properly and efficiently, one of the basic constitutional principles of public finances must be realized, and that is to properly honour and respect the obligation to pay taxes.

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.

Companies around the globe are having to make urgent decisions to keep their employees safe and ensure business continuity in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak. In order to fulfil these goals, companies need to find the right balance between providing a safe working environment and respecting their employees’ privacy, which can prove to be quite difficult in practice.

On 16 July 2020, Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) has rendered a landmark decision declaring the Decision 2016/1250 of the European Commission on the adequacy of the protection provided by the EU-US Data Protection Shield (“Privacy Shield Framework”) invalid with the immediate effect. This decision has caused a major shift in the way in which personal data may be transferred to the United States of America. However, the scope of the decision is far broader and includes far more restrictions than it may appear at first glance.

Over the past few years CMS advised the OTP Bank Group on an extensive series of acquisitions across Bulgaria, Moldova, and former Yugoslavia. This series of separate deals was shortlisted for CEE Legal Matters’ CEE Deal of the Year in each of the countries involved, actually winning the 2018 Deal of the Year for Bulgaria and the 2019 Deal of the Year Award for Montenegro. We reached out to Eva Talmacsi, who led CMS’s multi-jurisdictional team, to learn more about the firm’s impressive work on OTP’s behalf.

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