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The impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) is having a significant impact on every aspect of our lives in Bulgaria and across the world. Officially declared as a pandemic by the World Health Organisation in March 2020, everyone’s primary concern is to minimise the spread of the virus, to mitigate its effects and to protect those most vulnerable in society.  

Businesses and organisations have a role to play and a responsibility to their own people. They also confront a wide range of practical, commercial and legal challenges associated with the spread of the virus. 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Bulgaria

The following insights bring together perspectives on the legal and commercial issues affecting businesses across the globe – with a particular focus on Bulgaria and the CEE/SEE region.  As the situation and content continues to evolve, please visit Law now to sign up here for the latest real-time updates from our Law-Now service.

We regularly update our information about the regulations and legal implications of COVID-19.

25/03/2020
Law on the Meas­ures and Ac­tions dur­ing the State of Emer­gency
Due to the COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic, Bul­garia has de­clared state of emer­gency as of 13 March 2020. Con­sequently, a Law on the Meas­ures and Ac­tions dur­ing the State of Emer­gency (the “Law”) in force ret­ro­spect­ively as of 13 March 2020 has been pro­mul­gated on

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20 July 2020
COV­ID-19 and the CEE in­sur­ance in­dustry
This CMS guide looks at the ten most fre­quent ques­tions re­ceived from the in­sur­ance in­dustry re­gard­ing the COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic. Down­load here.
12 May 2020
CMS Ex­pert Guide for dir­ect­ors of com­pan­ies
07 September 2020
COV­ID-19: European Com­mis­sion gives green light to aid scheme for Ger­man...
In a de­cision of 11 Au­gust, the European Com­mis­sion au­thor­ised a Ger­man aid scheme to sup­port Ger­man air­port op­er­at­ors. The scheme was au­thor­ised partly on the basis of Art­icle 107(2)(b) TFEU and partly...
1 July 2020
Sign­ing with e-sig­na­ture in CEE
This guide fo­cuses on the most im­port­ant leg­al areas where elec­tron­ic sig­na­tures are usu­ally used: em­ploy­ment law, com­mer­cial con­tracts, real es­tate law, cor­por­ate law and bank­ing and fin­ance con­tracts. This guide ad­di­tion­ally in­cludes help­ful at-a-glance
27 April 2020
CMS Ex­pert Guide to gov­ern­ment sup­port for em­ploy­ers and work­ers
This ex­pert guide ex­plores the ways dif­fer­ent gov­ern­ments have at­temp­ted to al­le­vi­ate the stress the pan­dem­ic has im­posed on both em­ploy­ers and work­ers and en­sure busi­ness con­tinu­ity.
25 August 2020
COV­ID-19: European Com­mis­sion au­thor­ises EUR 1 mil­lion aid for Tim­isoara...
On 5 Au­gust 2020, the European Com­mis­sion ap­proved aid of around EUR 1 mil­lion for Tim­isoara air­port. The meas­ure is based on Art­icle 107(2)(b) TFEU and aims at com­pens­at­ing for the dam­ages suffered by...
23 June 2020
Coronavir­us (COV­ID-19) and Pri­vacy
CMS has pub­lished data pro­tec­tion guid­ance for em­ploy­ers who are re­act­iv­at­ing their work­places, and those that did not shut down their on-site op­er­a­tions.
22 April 2020
CMS Ex­pert Guide to COV­ID-19's im­pact on IP leg­al tim­ings
As in all as­pects of busi­ness, COV­ID-19 is im­pact­ing the world of IP and the po­s­i­tion is con­stantly chan­ging. To help you pri­or­it­ise and plan, the Glob­al IP prac­tice at CMS has put to­geth­er an over­view of COV­ID-19's cur­rent im­pact on pro­ced­ur­al timetables be­fore courts, na­tion­al in­tel­lec­tu­al prop­erty of­fices and key in­ter­na­tion­al IP in­sti­tu­tions.
21 August 2020
COV­ID-19: the European Com­mis­sion gives green light to the Dan­ish and Swedish...
The European Com­mis­sion ap­proved, on 17 Au­gust 2020, the re­cap­it­al­isa­tion of SAS by Den­mark and Sweden for a total budget of EUR 1 bil­lion (of which ap­prox­im­ately EUR 583 mil­lion will be gran­ted by...
25/03/2020
Law on the Meas­ures and Ac­tions dur­ing the State of Emer­gency
Everything you need to know about the leg­al im­plic­a­tions of COV­ID-19 in Bul­garia.
17 April 2020
CMS Ex­pert Guide to coronavir­us re­lated loan morator­i­ums
This guide con­tains a brief but com­pre­hens­ive over­view of cred­it morator­i­ums for 30 coun­tries world­wide, col­lated with a view to help­ing our cli­ents nav­ig­ate through the vari­ous gov­ern­ment re­sponses, and which will be up­dated on a reg­u­lar basis.
07 August 2020
Treaty claims for can­celled or mod­i­fied in­fra­struc­ture pro­jects in the...
A re­cent IC­SID tribunal has denied an in­vestor’s claim con­cern­ing the de­vel­op­ment of an air­port pro­ject in Latvia. The in­vestor was un­able to pro­ceed with the con­struc­tion of its pro­ject due to nu­mer­ous...