Wolf Theiss

Client Alerts

Newssquare Romania: New Law 362/2018 on the Security of Network and Information Systems / NIS Directive

EU Directive 2016/1148 on Security of Network and Information Systems (the "NIS Directive") regulates the main EU legislative framework, which aims to achieve a high common level of network and information systems security across the European Union.


The NIS Directive applies to so-called Operators of Essential Services ("OESs") acting in sectors that heavily rely on information and communications technology, such as Water Transport, Energy, Digital Infrastructure, Banking and Financial Market, Healthcare or Transport. The NIS Directive also applies to those Digital Service Providers ("DSPs"), that normally provide their services for remuneration, at a distance, by electronic means and at...

Newssquare Czech Republic implements EU Trademark Directive

What does this mean for my business?


The Czech Republic has implemented EU Trademark Directive No. 2015/2436 by way of amending the Czech Trademark Act No. 441/2003, effective as of 1 January 2019. The most important changes can be summarized as follows:

Newssquare Bulgaria to implement the EU Trade Secrets Directive

Substantive protection and enhanced procedural framework covering goods and services, business need to implement trade secrets strategies, including identification, protection measures and structure properly potential claims.

Newssquare Trademark Offensive 2.0 - Full Adoption of the EU Trademark Directive in January 2019

Following the implementation of several new provisions of Austrian trademark law in 2017, the second amendment completely implements the EU Trademark Directive in the Austrian Trademark Act (MSchG). It modernizes the concept of trademarks in Austrian law and eases access to the legal protection system. The amendment to the Austrian Trademark Act entered into force on 14 January 2019.

Newssquare Serbia: Companies to register UBOs by 31 January

On 31 December 2018, the Central Register of Ultimate Beneficial Owners ("Central Register") has been established with the Serbian Business Register Agency ("BRA").

Newssquare AML in Bulgaria: New Deadlines

On 8th of January 2019 the Rules for Implementation of the Anti-Money Laundering Act (in Bulgarian: Правилник за прилагане на Закона за мерките срещу изпирането на пари) have been published. This is the key piece of legislation that was missing from the framework introduced into the Bulgarian law with the transposition of 4th EU AML Directive back in March 2018.

Newssquare Amendments of the Trade Unions Act

On 1 January 2019, important amendments of the Trade Unions Act came into force enabling individuals engaged under civil law contracts, in particular contractors or self-employed individuals, to set up or join trade unions, provided that such individuals do not employ other persons for the same kind of work they perform for the employer.

Newssquare Upcoming Changes to Employment Documentation

The Polish Parliament has adopted an act that became effective 1 January 2019 and shortens the retention period of human resource files and allows them to be stored in an electronic form.

Find a Lawyer