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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Legal and commercial implications

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The coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) is having a significant impact on every aspect of our lives in Serbia 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 Serbia

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

COVID-19 Desk

We have set up a COVID-19 Desk for our business partners and clients
The year 2020 has hit us where we are most vulnerable: it threatens our health and safety and the health and safety of the ones we care for. Our joint business community has also been hit very hard.

Serbia and other countries across SEE are tightening their restrictions. We at CMS Reich-Rohrwig Hainz have reacted to these developments by setting up a COVID-19 Desk. It is being run by lawyers and business developers alike – our so-called Coordinators. These Coordinators can help you face the current situation and prepare for the weeks to come.

You can reach out to the Coordinators of the CMS COVID-19 Desk by sending an e-mail to [email protected]. Should you need any immediate advice or a professional opinion regarding the unfolding situation, feel free to reach out to them or to your CMS key contact. 

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

Contact us now!

Our specialised CMS teams have published a number of publications on burning issues.

Publications


Corporate/M&A

When an M&A deal is stuck by the pandemic - is MAC clause useful?

Employment

CMS Belgrade hosts a Webinar: Legal challenges in the supply chain from the perspective of contractual relations, Competition Law, Employment Law, Tax and State Aid measures

State aid

Serbia's State aid response to COVID-19

CMS Serbia opens a state aid help desk

Serbian government rolls out EUR 5.1 Billion package of economic measures in fight against COVID-19

CMS Belgrade hosts a Webinar: Legal challenges in the supply chain from the perspective of contractual relations, Competition Law, Employment Law, Tax and State Aid measures

Real Estate

Impact of Serbian state of emergency: lease agreements for office space likely to survive COVID-19

CMS expert guide to COVID-19 impact on lease agreements

Curve for the virus may be flattening in Serbia and Montenegro, but so is the hospitality and leisure market

Dispute resolution

Serbian court system adopts measures in response to COVID-19 pandemic

Effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the functioning of court systems in different jurisdictions

Energy

Are Serbian renewable energy projects in danger due to the state of emergency?

Competition

Working regimes of competition authorities in western balkan countries during COVID-19 outbreak

Multijurisdictional overview of competition law changes during the coronavirus crisis

CMS Expert Guide to State Aid During Coronavirus Crisis

CMS Belgrade hosts a Webinar: Legal challenges in the supply chain from the perspective of contractual relations, Competition Law, Employment Law, Tax and State Aid measures

Banking

Payment standstill introduced by the National Bank of Serbia during the coronavirus state of emergency - what we know so far?

A global overview of coronavirus (COVID-19) related moratorium on corporate and retail loans

Tax

CMS Expert Guide to COVID-19 Tax Relief Measures

CMS Belgrade hosts a Webinar: Legal challenges in the supply chain from the perspective of contractual relations, Competition Law, Employment Law, Tax and State Aid measures

Commercial

CMS Expert Guide to Force Majeure

CMS Belgrade hosts a Webinar: Legal challenges in the supply chain from the perspective of contractual relations, Competition Law, Employment Law, Tax and State Aid measures

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01 June 2021
Some leaks can­'t be fixed
“Con­fid­en­tial in­form­a­tion is like an ice cube... give it to the party who has no re­fri­ger­at­or or will not agree to keep it in one, and by the time of the tri­al you have just a pool of wa­ter.” This...
13 May 2021
EU state aid law and rules in Ser­bia dur­ing Cov­id-19
In­tro­duc­tion The Ser­bi­an Gov­ern­ment has pre­pared a pack­age of eco­nom­ic meas­ures that is in­ten­ded to help its cit­izens and the private sec­tor fight the fin­an­cial con­sequences of the COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic...
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...
04 February 2021
Law and reg­u­la­tion of force ma­jeure in Ser­bia
1. Is there le­gis­la­tion on force ma­jeure in your law sys­tem? The Law on Con­tracts and Torts (in Ser­bi­an: Za­kon o ob­liga­cion­im odnosima) (“LCT”) is the rel­ev­ant piece of Ser­bi­an le­gis­la­tion for force...
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...
22 December 2020
Law and reg­u­la­tion of Cov­id-19 loan morator­i­ums in Ser­bia
1. De­scrip­tion of the le­gis­la­tion 1.1 Is there a morator­i­um on loans le­gis­la­tion im­ple­men­ted in your jur­is­dic­tion? Yes. 1.2 If no: Are there any on­go­ing dis­cus­sions re­gard­ing a po­ten­tial in­tro­duc­tion...
Comparable
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...