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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 COVID-19_Desk@cms-rrh.com. 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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18/01/2022
The Road to the (Autonom­ous) Fu­ture
It is no longer pos­sible to dis­cuss the fu­ture of trans­port without the ques­tion of autono­ma­tion be­ing raised. The ques­tion of ‘how long’ un­til Autonom­ous Vehicle (AV) de­ploy­ment be­comes a real­ity...
10/11/2021
COV­ID and ViCo: The End?
En­larged Board of Ap­peal de­cision G1/21 Back­ground Fol­low­ing an EPO press re­lease on 16 Ju­ly 2021, the En­larged Board of Ap­peal’s (EBA) de­cision on video­con­fer­en­cing (ViCo) was re­leased last week. We...
13/10/2021
Cov­id-19 - Safety at the Work­place
CMS Em­ploy­ment Snack
19/10/2021
CMS Em­ploy­ment Snack: Cov­id-19 - Safety at the Work­place
Rising in­fec­tion fig­ures and flat­lining vac­cin­a­tion rates are once again present­ing com­pan­ies with the chal­lenge of mak­ing work­places safe. But what meas­ures can and must be taken now?Our CMS Em­ploy­ment...
12/10/2021
Leg­al guide for com­pany dir­ect­ors and CEOs in Ser­bia
This guide fo­cuses on the du­ties and re­spons­ib­il­it­ies of dir­ect­ors of lim­ited li­ab­il­ity com­pan­ies (LLCs) es­tab­lished in Ser­bia in ac­cord­ance with the Com­pan­ies Act (Of­fi­cial Her­ald of the Re­pub­lic of...
22/09/2021
Re­cap­it­al­isa­tion of Air France: Vuel­ing in first place for the al­loc­a­tion...
On 20 Septem­ber 2021, the European Com­mis­sion ap­proved the al­loc­a­tion to Vuel­ing of 18 daily slots at Par­is-Orly air­port fol­low­ing a se­lec­tion pro­ced­ure over the sum­mer. This meas­ure is part of the re­cap­it­al­isa­tion...
15/07/2021
COV­ID-19: The European Com­mis­sion ap­proves a fifth aid to Al­it­alia
On 2 Ju­ly 2021, the European Com­mis­sion au­thor­ised Itali­an aid of EUR 39.7 mil­lion for Al­it­alia. This aid meas­ure is in­ten­ded to com­pensate Al­it­alia for the dam­age suffered on cer­tain routes caused by...
02/07/2021
European Com­mis­sion au­thor­ises re­cap­it­al­isa­tion meas­ure in fa­vour of Air...
The European Com­mis­sion has ap­proved a re­cap­it­al­isa­tion meas­ure of EUR 4.8 mil­lion in fa­vour of Air Bel­gi­um as com­pens­a­tion for the dam­age suffered by the air­line dur­ing the peri­od from 14 March to 30...
30/06/2021
The European Com­mis­sion in­vests EUR 14.7 bil­lion to ac­cel­er­ate eco­lo­gic­al...
The European Com­mis­sion has ad­op­ted its main work pro­gram for the “Ho­ri­zon Europe” pro­gram, with a budget of EUR 100 bil­lion for the peri­od 2021-2027. It provides for in­vest­ments for re­search and...
01/06/2021
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...
14/04/2021
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...
23/03/2021
COV­ID-19: the European Com­mis­sion au­thor­izes a Finnish aid to com­pensate...
On 12 March 2021, the European Com­mis­sion has ap­proved an aid meas­ure of EUR 351.38 mil­lion to com­pensate for the dam­age suffered by Fin­nair as a res­ult of the meas­ures taken by Fin­land, the EU and oth­er...