Client Alert

19 December 2023

Life Science Bulletin: Upcoming Changes to Parallel Distribution of Medicinal Products in Bulgaria 

In August 2023, the Bulgarian Ministry of Health published a draft bill for amendment of the Law on Medicinal Products in the Human Medicine for public consultations. The proposed changes mark a shift towards greater transparency and regulatory control over the pharmaceutical value chain in Bulgaria. They target practices of parallel distributors which lead to […]...

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14 December 2023

Antitrust Reform in Ukraine: The Stage is Set

In early September of this year, the President of Ukraine signed the Law “On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of Ukraine on Improving Legislation on Protection of Economic Competition and Activities of the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine” (the “Law”).  The Law launches the reform of Ukrainian antitrust legislation which had been blocked by the Ukrainian […]...

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12 December 2023

Employment Brief: Bulgaria to implement “the right to disconnect” and other changes for remote workers

Widely debated amendments in the Bulgarian Labour Code are expected to enter into force in early 2024, elaborating on remote/hybrid work provisions introduced in local legislation in 2011. A summary of some key changes from the legislative draft can be found below. Right to Disconnect The “right to disconnect” concept was developed at the EU […]...

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24 November 2023

Employment Brief: Employment Agreements in Bosnia and Herzegovina; to amend or not to amend

Although amending an employment agreement may seem a pretty standard and common option, it is not a legal possibility in every part of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) The country has three employment legislations: one each for the Federation of BiH (FBiH), the Republic of Srpska (RS), and the Brčko District of BiH (BD), a special […]...

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23 November 2023

Romania to ratify the Unitary Patent Court Agreement

On 16 November 2023, the Romanian Government approved the draft law aimed at ratifying the Unitary Patent Court Agreement (“UPCA”). Going forward, the draft law will be sent to the Romanian Parliament for its approval. This means that Romanian inventors will soon be entitled to the Unitary Patent Right (“UPR”) and have access to the […]...

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22 November 2023

Neue EU-Schwellenwerte veröffentlicht

Ab 1.1.2024 gelten (geringfügig) höhere Schwellenwerte Das Wichtigste in Kürze: Neue Schwellenwerte für die Oberschwelle ab 1.1.2024 Die Europäische Kommission hat die neuen Schwellenwerte für die Vergabe von öffentlichen Aufträgen im Oberschwellenbereich veröffentlicht. Die konkreten Änderungen der Schwellenwerte betreffen die sog klassische Vergaberichtlinie 2014/24/EU, die Sektoren-Richtline 2014/25/EU, die Konzessionen-Richtline 2014/23/EU sowie die Richtline 2009/81/EG über […]...

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17 November 2023

Amendment to Slovenia’s Employment Relationships Act

This article is available in both English and Slovenian. On 7 November 2023, the National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia adopted an amendment to the Employment Relationships Act (“ERA-1D“) that entered into force on 16 November 2023. The ERA-1D transposes Directive (EU) 2019/1152 on transparent and predictable working conditions in the European Union and the […]...

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10 November 2023

Employment Brief: Language of Employment Documents in CEE/SEE

When dealing with multinational corporations, we frequently examine and draft employment agreements and documents in different local languages or in a bi-/multilingual form. However, different language requirements apply in each CEE/SEE jurisdiction. Did you know? In case of any questions or for further details, get in touch....

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30 October 2023

Auswirkungen der neuen VfGH-Erkenntnisse auf ausstehende Zahlungen und Rückforderungen der COFAG

Der VfGH hat über die Verfassungsmäßigkeit mehrerer Bestimmungen über die Förderungsvergabe durch die COFAG entschieden In fünf Erkenntnissen vom 5. Oktober 2023 hat der Verfassungsgerichtshof (i) mehrere Bestimmungen des Bundesgesetzes über die Einrichtung einer Abbaubeteiligungsaktiengesellschaft des Bundes (ABBAG‑Gesetzes) als verfassungswidrig und (ii) Teile der vom Finanzminister in Verordnungsform erlassenen Richtlinien über die Gewährung von Förderungen als gesetzwidrig […]...

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20 October 2023

Vergabe-Bekanntmachungen via eForms

Neue elektronische Formulare für Bekanntmachungen im Amtsblatt der Europäischen Union ersetzen ab 25.10.2023 die alten Standardformulare Das Wichtigste in Kürze: In wenigen Tagen sollen die neuen eForms die bisherigen Standardformulare für EU-weite Bekanntmachungen im Oberschwellenbereich ersetzen. Ab 25.10.2023 sind unionsweite Bekanntmachungen im TED (Supplement zum Amtsblatt der Europäischen Union) verpflichtend im Wege von eForms vorzunehmen. […]...

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11 October 2023

Czech Republic: Major Amendment to Labour Code

The latest amendment to the Labour Code implemented, among other things, the EU Directives on Work-life Balance and on Transparent and Predictable Working Conditions into Czech law. The amendment was enacted by the President of the Czech Republic on 17 September 2023 and entered into force shortly thereafter, on 1 October 2023. The deadline for […]...

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28 September 2023

Updated EBA report on monitoring Additional Tier 1, Tier 2 and TLAC/MREL eligible liabilities instruments

On 21 July 2023, the European Banking Authority (“EBA”) published its “EBA Report on the monitoring of Additional Tier 1 (AT1), Tier 2 and TLAC/MREL eligible liabilities instruments of European Union (EU) institutions – Update” (EBA/Rep/2023/23) (the “EBA Report”). The EBA Report merges and updates the content of the two previous separate reports of the […]...

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