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North Macedonia introduces a new minimum wage and price-freezing measures, as the country continues to grapple with workforce shortages, including in the legal profession, according to Bachovski Sinkoli Attorneys Managing Partner Robert Bachovski Sinkoli.

As Ukraine experiences a period of relative tranquility following a tumultuous year, its M&A sector has witnessed surprising developments, and ongoing discussions about war insurance are also showing promise, according to Asters Co-Managing Partner Oleksiy Didkovskiy.

Croatia's labor market is experiencing an intense early 2023, as a new set of various amendments – including regulations prohibiting retail work on Sundays and public holidays – is about to take effect, according to Babic & Partners Partner Marija Gregoric.

As the Albanian government seeks to utilize the energy crisis as a catalyst for encouraging energy investments and production, significant changes are expected in the country's overall legislation – in light of the negotiation process – to comply with EU standards, according to Deloitte Legal Local Legal Partner Sabina Lalaj.

Polish lawyers are actively discussing two legislative acts – one regulating family foundations and the other focused on remote work – set to impact their practices, according to KWKR Konieczny Wierzbicki & Partners Managing Partner Michal Konieczny.

Finding its balance after a general election, Estonia is looking at a year of potential IT sector labor force shake-ups, a likely uptick of reorganization and bankruptcy procedures, as well as a potential real estate sector slowdown, according to Magnusson Estonia Managing Partner Jaanus Magi.

A massive government bond program, an exciting local start-up exit to Google, and several recent and upcoming legislative updates are high on Croatian lawyers' agendas, according to Vukmir & Associates Managing Partner Tomislav Pedisic.

Amidst a wave of reorganizations and restructurings in the country, new businesses are looking to enter Slovakia – but have to face its new FDI screening mechanism. Despite the slight economic downturn, there is yet reason to hope for better days, according to DLA Piper Country Managing Partner Michaela Stessl, especially given the prospects of the automotive sector.

Bulgaria has seen its Eurozone and Schengen admission dates pushed back by at least a year, while political instability and frequent elections remain the norm. Still, there is room to hope for better times, according to Hristov & Partners Partner Pavel Hristov, mostly thanks to the vibrant IT, transportation, and logistics sectors.

A high degree of effervescence in the country, with massive legislative updates both taking hold and still in the works – as well as a potential Prime Minister rotation soon to come – is what keeps lawyers talking in Romania, according to Act Legal Romania Partner Laura Estrade.

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