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The coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) is having a significant impact on every aspect of our lives in Ukraine and in other countries. 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.

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.

COVID-19 update for the week: employment, tax and data protection matters in Ukraine

This webinar from CMS (Ukraine) provides a useful update on employment, tax and data protection matters in Ukraine in relation to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Coronavirus (COVID-19) webinar – key aspects of employment, commercial and banking matters

This webinar from CMS (Ukraine) looks at the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on business relationships and employers’ duties to staff, including practical steps that businesses can take to reduce disruptions. 

The CMS team including partners Olga Belyakova and Ihor Olekhov, senior associate Natalia Nakonechna and associate Mykola Heletiy provide updates on the most frequent questions with regard to the situation including:

  • how employers can deal with the virus inside their company (including mandatory medical examinations, bans on trips abroad, monitoring the geography of the employee’s business and private trips, ‘quarantine in schools’ matters for employees with kids)
  • what businesses could do to address the risks of the coronavirus outbreak (contract matters, non-performance of contracts, liability for damages, early termination due to force majeure circumstances, insurance matters etc.)
  • banking matters that may arise and useful methods to mitigate potential risks and losses

Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Ukraine

As the situation and content continues to evolve within and outside Ukraine, please visit Law-Now to sign up for the latest real-time updates from our Law-Now service.

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

Corporate, Tax, Banking & Finance

Ukraine passes a range of measures in response to the coronavirus crisis


Ukraine amends requirements for general shareholder meetings and disclosures due to COVID-19

Dispute Resolution, Legislation, Corporate

Ukrainian judiciary continues flexible operations during quarantine


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...
12 April 2021
The Ukrain­i­an Par­lia­ment un­blocks large-scale privat­isa­tion
On 30 March 2021, the Ukrain­i­an Par­lia­ment ad­op­ted Draft Law No. 4543, which un­blocks auc­tion sales of state-owned com­pan­ies and as­sets that are sub­ject to large-scale privat­isa­tion. As we re­por­ted earli­er...
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...
01 March 2021
Ukraine ad­opts emer­gency use au­thor­isa­tion for ac­cess to COV­ID-19 vac­cines
Ukraine has in­tro­duced the pro­ced­ure for emer­gency-use au­thor­isa­tion for COV­ID-19 vac­cines and bio­lo­gics, which de facto con­sti­tutes re­cog­ni­tion of the ref­er­ence au­thor­isa­tion gran­ted by the reg­u­lat­ory...
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...
08 January 2021
Ukraine ex­tends fast track pro­ced­ures to COV­ID-19 vac­cines, bio­lo­gics au­thor­isa­tion,...
In Decem­ber 2020, the Ukrain­i­an par­lia­ment amended emer­gency le­gis­la­tion passed in re­sponse to the pan­dem­ic to in­clude fast-track pro­ced­ures for vac­cines and bio­lo­gics for spe­cif­ic pro­phy­lactics of COV­ID-19...
16 December 2020
Ukraine passes sup­port pack­age to em­ploy­ees and busi­nesses ahead of new...
The Cab­in­et of Min­is­ters of Ukraine an­nounced in­tro­duc­tion of a strict lock­down from 8 to 24 Janu­ary 2021. In or­der to help em­ploy­ees and busi­ness over­come this hard­ship, on 4 Decem­ber 2020 the Ukrain­i­an...
09 December 2020
CMS Ex­pert Guide to vac­cine com­pens­a­tion re­gimes in the CEE
Vac­cine com­pens­a­tion re­gimes in them­selves are com­plex and con­stantly chan­ging. Couple this with a glob­al pan­dem­ic and you have an un­cer­tain and hard to nav­ig­ate pic­ture. Many phar­ma­ceut­ic­al com­pan­ies...
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...