Samardzic, Oreski & Grbobic has advised Serbian construction and infrastructure company Compact Industry on its EUR 8 million construction deal with Swiss lighting manufacturer Regent Lighting. JSP Legal reportedly advised by Regent Lighting on the deal.
Since the state of emergency was declared in Serbia on 15 March 2020, the status of foreign citizens has been uncertain. This is because the Directorate for Foreigners has been closed for serving parties at the counters (as well as all other public institutions except for Tax Administration, Customs Administration and Treasury Department). Due to the fact that the Directorate for Foreigners has not yet introduced the possibility of submitting requests and documentation electronically, foreign citizens residing in Serbia were basically unable to initiate proceedings in order to regulate their stay.
Attendees to the 2019 CEELM Winter Party were cornered, over the course of the evening, and asked, without warning or an opportunity to prepare, what achievement over the past 12 months they were proudest of.
The outbreak of COVID-19 in Serbia, which resulted in Government declared State of emergency, has strong impact on companies across all industries, creating a number of challenges that need to be addressed by the employers. Over the last few days, we’ve received many enquiries from our clients about business implications of the current situation. We present you below some of the most common ones, followed by answers that will help you in your response to the immediate key issues affecting your business.
The state of emergency due to the COVID 19 was declared in Serbia on 15 March 2020.
SOG has advised Tesla on the launch of its first fast-charging station in Serbia.
As of 2011, the Serbian Capital Market Act has been changed multiple times due to the need for improvement of domestic legislation and alignment with the market’s demands, as well as harmonization of Serbian legislation with the EU acquis. Once again, on 3 February 2020, the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia adopted amendments to the Capital Market Act, which came into force on 12 February 2020.
Milos Velimirovic, Partner at Samardzic Oreski & Grbovic in Belgrade, declares that "two things are hot right now in Serbia: the matter of Kosovo and the Parliamentary elections that are in April.“
Over the recent years, we have witnessed a huge rise in popularity of cryptocurrencies on the global stage. This phenomenon is present in Serbia as well and recently became a trending topic in general public.
The Government of the Republic of Serbia launched Project ePaper in 2016 with the aim of simplification of administrative procedures and modernizing public administration (“Project”). The Project aims to reduce the administrative expenses by 15-20% – from 3.46% to 3.0 % of GDP by 2021.
Milos Gledovic has been promoted to Partner at Samardzic Oreski Grbovic.
The rising importance of data protection practice inevitably affects even those who intentionally want to ignore it. There is already an infinite quantity of material about the new data protection regime. The practice is getting richer every day, which makes the interpretation of the existing legislation even more complex. As in other areas of law, there are no shortcuts. It is not possible to read from one specific source and to immediately get to the point of at least general understanding.
After a long wait and numerous criticisms from the private sector and NGOs, Serbia has adopted the Law on Agency Employment (the “LAE”) which starts to apply from 1 March 2020. The purpose of the law is to provide equal treatment for employees leased by agencies to employers.
A new procedure in our judiciary system was recently implemented through changes to the Enforcement and Security Act (“Act”) – the procedure of voluntary debt settlement before Public Bailiffs, prior to enforcement procedure. The procedure of voluntary debt settlement is also regulated by the Rulebook on the procedure of voluntary debt settlement before enforcement proceedings (the “Rulebook”) that was enacted on 1 January 2020. Compared to the Act, the Rulebook manages the procedure of voluntary debt settlement in a much more concise and clear manner.
Commissioner for Information of Public Importance and Personal Data Protection has issued long-awaited Decision on Determining Standard Contractual Clauses which will enter into force on 30 January 2020.
As with each year, December was one of the busiest months and the Serbian Parliament was especially industrious. The aforementioned resulted in adoption of a very welcome set of amendments to the Serbia’s Company Act by the Serbian Parliament.
On 3 August 2019, National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia has adopted the long-awaited amendments to the Enforcement and Security Act (“Act”), which entered into force on 1 January 2020. Having in mind the extent of amendments (more than 170 Articles), we can say the we practically have a new Enforcement and Security Act.
Republic of Serbia (“RS”) has recently amended its tax law provisions on individual income tax by adopting Act on Amendments of the Individual Tax Act, published in the Official Gazette of the RS, No. 86/2019 (“Act”). Among many changes, the one that attracts the most attention is the inclusion of a test on “dependence” and its influence on the tax status of entrepreneurs. The Act sets out the criteria which are to be applied by the tax authorities (“TA”) to determine cases in which the entrepreneur is not actually independent from his client. Entrepreneurs that do not pass this test will be similarly treated as if they were employees, and will, therefore, be subject to a different tax regime.