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The effects of COVID-19 on the global business environment are serious and far-reaching. Social distancing, limits to international travel and disruptions to global supply chains are realities that businesses must contend with for the foreseeable future.  At the same time, they need to think strategically and position themselves for the next phase and get into recovery mode.

We see it as our task to guide you through this changed business landscape. Please see below for insights and advice from our CMS experts on the legal and commercial implications of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are updating this section regularly as the situation unfolds.

18 March 2020
COV­ID-19 | Guide ana­lys­ing Roy­al De­cree-law 8/2020 on ur­gent and ex­traordin­ary...
Fol­low­ing the ap­prov­al of Roy­al De­cree-law 8/2020 of 17 March on ur­gent and ex­traordin­ary meas­ures to ad­dress the eco­nom­ic and so­cial im­pact of COV­ID-19, our ex­perts have com­piled a guide on the nu­mer­ous...

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14 April 2021
COV­ID-19: European Com­mis­sion ap­proves Finnish aid for Finavia
On 17 March 2021, the Com­mis­sion ap­proved a Finnish scheme to sup­port air­port op­er­at­or “Finavia” in the con­text of the coronavir­us crisis. Like many oth­er air­port op­er­at­ors, Finavia suffered a sig­ni­fic­ant...
16 March 2021
COV­ID-19: the European Com­mis­sion ap­proves aid for Riga, Florence and Pisa...
At the be­gin­ning of March, the European Com­mis­sion ap­proved two aid meas­ures to sup­port Riga, Florence and Pisa air­ports, severely af­fected by the COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic. On 2 March, the Com­mis­sion ap­proved...
24 February 2021
COV­ID and ViCo: EPO re­fer­ral to the En­larged Board of Ap­peal
In the last year, the COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic has res­ul­ted in a large pro­por­tion of the leg­al sec­tor trans­ition­ing to a ‘work from home’ ar­range­ment, with meet­ings tak­ing place re­motely. Non-es­sen­tial travel...
03 February 2021
Ex­ten­sion of the Tem­por­ary Frame­work on state aid and COV­ID-19
The Tem­por­ary Frame­work ad­op­ted by the European Com­mis­sion in March 2020 is based on Art­icle 107(3)(b) TFEU  to rem­edy a ser­i­ous dis­turb­ance across the EU eco­nomy. Only com­pan­ies that en­countered dif­fi­culties...
07 December 2020
End of European Com­mis­sion in-depth in­vest­ig­a­tion in­to Span­ish aid to Air...
On 17 Novem­ber 2020, the European Com­mis­sion de­cided to close its in-depth in­vest­ig­a­tion in­to a Span­ish aid in fa­vour of the re­gion­al air­line Air Nos­trum. The air­line has in fact de­cided to re­nounce this...
26 November 2020
COV­ID-19: European Com­mis­sion ap­proves EUR 22.2 mil­lion Cyp­ri­ot loan in...
By its de­cision of 18 Novem­ber 2020, the European Com­mis­sion ap­proved a Cyp­ri­ot aid scheme with a budget of EUR 22.2 mil­lion in fa­vour of Her­mes Air­ports Lim­ited, the op­er­at­or of Larnaka and Pa­fos in­ter­na­tion­al...
24 November 2020
Single European Sky Per­form­ance Re­port 2019
On 29 Oc­to­ber 2020, the Single European Sky's per­form­ance re­view body pub­lished its re­port for 2019. This re­port also of­fers an in-depth over­view of the per­form­ance of air ser­vice pro­viders in the European...
18 November 2020
COV­ID-19: European Com­mis­sion ex­tends cer­tain sup­port meas­ures for the...
In May 2020, the Com­mis­sion ad­op­ted a series of meas­ures amend­ing cer­tain con­di­tions of the Reg­u­la­tion No. 1008/2008 on com­mon rules for the op­er­a­tion of air ser­vices in the Com­munity and of the Dir­ect­ive...
27 October 2020
COV­ID-19: Ex­ten­sion of the slot al­loc­a­tion waiver in fa­vour of air­lines...
The COV­ID-19 out­break has had a con­sid­er­able im­pact on the avi­ation sec­tor and has led to a sharp drop in air traffic world­wide since the be­gin­ning of 2020 as a res­ult of re­strict­ive meas­ures taken by...
20 October 2020
COV­ID-19: European Com­mis­sion au­thor­ises EUR 19.3 mil­lion Ro­mani­an state-guar­an­teed...
On 5 Oc­to­ber 2020, the European Com­mis­sion au­thor­ised the grant­ing of a pub­lic loan guar­an­teed by the Ro­mani­an State for an amount of EUR19.3 mil­lion in fa­vour of Tar­om. The air­line had already re­ceived...
16 October 2020
COV­ID-19: the European Com­mis­sion pro­longs the Tem­por­ary Frame­work on State...
On 19 March 2020, the Com­mis­sion ad­op­ted a Tem­por­ary Frame­work on State aid meas­ures to sup­port the eco­nomy in the cur­rent COV­ID-19 out­break. The Frame­work fore­sees a series of aid meas­ures that can be...
13 October 2020
Man­aging the chal­lenges of the post COV­ID work­place
Few can deny the im­pact that the COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic has had and is hav­ing on the way people work since the glob­al es­cal­a­tion of the COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic in March 2020. "We have seen massive changes take place...