ORGANIZING WORK DURING THE STATE OF EMERGENCY

Due to the declaration of the state of emergency, the Government of the Republic of Serbia adopted a Regulation on Organizing Employers during the State of Emergency, which is published in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia on 16.03.2020. (hereinafter: the Regulation).

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NEW COMMERCE LAW AND AMENDMENTS TO THE E-COMMERCE LAW

The National Assembly of the Republik of Serbia adopted on 22 July 2019 two closely related laws, the Commerce Law („Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia” No. 52/2019) and the Law on Amendments to the E-Commerce Law („Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia” “, No. 52/2019). The Commerce Law will enter into force on 30 July 2019, with the exception of the provision of Article 34, paragraph 8 of this Law, which shall apply from 31 January 2020. The Law on Amendments to the E-Commerce Law also takes effect on 30 July 2019, except for the provisions of Article 2 of the Law (new Article 5a) and Article 8 of this law (part of the amended Article 21, Para. 3 and 4), which apply from the date of entry of Republic of Serbia into the European Union.

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LAW ON PROTECTION ON COMPETITION

These days there is a public debate on possible solutions in the area of protection of competition, in order to further harmonize this area with the European Union`s and domestic regulations. The currently applicable Law on Protection of Competition (“Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia”, No. 51/09 and 95/13) (hereinafter: the Law), has been aligned with the Merger Regulation 1/2003 on the implementation of the rules on competition1. The European Union has recently adopted totally new piece of legislation – Directive 1/20192, which will help national bodies to more effectively implement the rules contained in Regulation 1/2003.

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NEW LEGAL SOLUTIONS IN THE FIELD OF FINANCIAL TRANSACTIONS

The Law on Financial Collaterals (hereinafter: the Law) that was adopted in an urgent procedure before the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia on June 8th 2018 and is applicable from January 1st 2019, introduces completely new institutes, with the aim to establish clear rules for contraction, record and enforcement of collaterals in financial transactions.

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THE LAW ON LOBBYNG AS THE PART OF THE NATIONAL STRATEGY FOR THE FIGHT AGAINST CORRUPTION

The influence of the private sector on lawmaking and decision making process of the public sector in Serbia has been legally recognized and regulated. Namely, as a part of the Action Plan for Implementation of the National Strategy for the Fight against Corruption in the Republic of Serbia for the period 2013-2018, among other things, it is envisaged adoption of the law that regulates lobbying.

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AMENDMENTS TO THE CIVIL PROCEDURE LAW

On November, 9, 2018, the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia passed the Law on Amendments to the Civil Procedure Law (“Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia” No. 72/11, 49/13 – US, 74/13 – US and 55/14) – “hereinafter – the Law”.

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AMENDMENTS ON LAW ON PLANNING AND CONSTRUCTION

The National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia has recently adopted amendments to the Law on Planning and Construction and the Building Legalization Law and has rendered the new Law on Construction Products, which set of regulations should lead to more efficient functioning of the construction sector. It is considered that changes to the Law on Planning and Construction will stimulate the emergence of new business entities on the market and market competition and that a large number of new domestic and foreign economic entities will be formed in order to undertake realization of new construction and other projects.

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