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Newssquare Ukraine: Vertical Block Exemption Regulation Expected to be Adopted

Ukrainian competition law currently lacks guidance on various legal questions, including vertical restraints; legal uncertainty exists even with regard to clauses regularly used in distribution agreements in other jurisdictions. It is therefore a welcome development that the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine (the "AMC") is working on a draft Vertical Block Exemption Regulation (the "Draft Regulation"). It is doing so in view of the requirements under the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the European Union.

Newssquare Regulation (EU) 2017/1128 of the European Parliament and of the Council on Cross-Border Portability of Online Content Services in the Internal Market

OVERVIEW

With the adoption of Regulation (EU) 2017/1128 on the cross-border portability of online content services in the Union ("Portability-Regulation"), a major step towards abolishing geo-blocking in Europe was taken. The new Regulation will make online services even more attractive for consumers and together with the abolition of roaming charges which already entered into force on 15 June 2017, it is one of the objectives of the digital single market strategy to create a truly internal market for digital content and services.

Newssquare A Review of the First Six Months of the Revised Hungarian Merger Control Regime

Amendments to the Hungarian Competition Act from earlier this year concerned rules relating to merger control thresholds as well as to conducting of merger control reviews.

Newssquare Watch out: fee to be introduced for the registration and annual maintenance of ".ro" domains

In December 2016, the Board of Directors of the National Institute for Research and Development in Informatics ("ICI") issued a decision for the introduction, (as of July 1st 2017), of a fee for registering ".ro" domains and for the annual maintenance of such domains (the "Decision"). The Decision was in line with the general approach of the European Member States, where such fees have already been implemented.

Newssquare Individual Exemptions and Selective Distribution Systems – The Dos and Don'ts in Serbia

Serbian competition rules dealing with agreements restricting competition are largely taken from and harmonized with EU competition rules. There is, however, one difference: in Serbia, if a restrictive agreement does not benefit from the local block exemption regulation ("BER"), the parties cannot self-assess whether their agreement meets the criteria comparable to those stipulated in Article 101(3) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. Instead, the parties must notify the agreement to the Serbian Commission for the Protection of Competition ("Commission") and request that it is individually exempted from the legal restriction.

Newssquare Central Transportation Port – Huge Investment in the Middle of Poland

THE PENNY HAS DROPPED

It's official - the Central Transportation Port (formerly known as Central Airport) will be located between Łódź and Warsaw. It is expected to compete with Europe's largest airports. The construction decision was approved by the Economic Committee of the Council of Ministers on March 15. Currently the Ministry of Infrastructure and Construction together with the Ministry of Development are preparing a resolution regulating the financing, implementation, and operation of the Central Transportation Port (CPK).

Newssquare Important changes into Romanian competition law - an overview

On 8 June 2017, Emergency Government Ordinance 39/2017 ("EGO 39") entered into force and brought a number of important changes to the Romanian Competition law. The EGO transposes the EU Damages Directive (2014/104/EU) into Romanian law and introduces a number of other changes into Romanian competition law, including inter alia: (i) a specific obligation incumbent upon modern retailers to provide, (upon request), information to the Competition Council regarding their resale prices; (ii) additional powers of the Romanian Competition Council ('RCC') during dawn raids.

Newssquare Reminder regarding deadline in Romania for risk analysis for physical security: July 1st, 2017

According to the Government Decision no. 301/2012 on the approval of the Methodological Norms for the application of Law no. 333/2003 regarding the safeguarding of objectives, assets, valuables and protection of individuals ("GD no. 301/2012"), certain entities that hold assets or other valuables regardless of the title are required to ensure proper security measures for those assets/valuables.

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