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On the wave of the pandemic of the Covid-19 virus and electronic business, it turned out that 2020 was the key year for the issue of digitalization of assets and financial resources. Until then, the unregulated and mostly uneven actions of financial actors imposed as an imperative further digitalization and the necessity of monitoring and harmonizing global contemporary tendencies related to digital assets.

Former Senior Associates Dragoljub Sretenovic, Bisera Andrijasevic, and Tomislav Popovic have been promoted to Counsel at BDK Advokati. Sretenovic, who was already the Head of the Payment Services Practice, became Co-Head of Banking & Finance, while Popovic, who Heads the Tax Practice, became Head of Corporate & Commercial and Co-Head of Distressed Situations/Insolvency & Restructuring, and Andrijasevic will head the Life Sciences & Healthcare practice and co-head the firm’s Competition practice alongside Managing Partner Tijana Kojovic.

The beginning of Q4 in Serbia is marked by the delayed formation of the new Government. Not much is expected to change in the political course as the ruling progressive party has strengthened its position and the Government will be led by the same Prime Minister. This means continuity and stability, although the new-old Government will not have an easy task, considering global developments with the pandemic.

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.

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 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.