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Peter Kováč contributes to a study on the EU Member States’ rules on health data in the light of GDPR

March 2021 – Peter Kováč, Of Counsel in the Bratislava office, has contributed to a study on the EU Member States’ rules on health data in the light of GDPR. A series of workshops was held in the first half of 2020 with the participation of representatives...

EUIPO offers SMEs trade mark and design grants of up to EUR 1500

February 2021 – The European Commission and The European Intellectual Property Office have launched a small and medium-sized business fund (SME Fund) to provide reimbursement for trade mark and design application fees and pre-diagnostic services. The...

Czech Constitutional Court overturns COVID-19-related store closures

February 2021 – On 22 February 2021, the Czech Constitutional Court overturned a government-decreed general ban on retail sales and the provision of services in certain brick and mortar shops introduced in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Governmental...

A temporary stop to land transfers in Romania? The humble soil quality certificate

February 2021 – While market’s attention has been drawn to the new pre-emption rights and the like introduced by the government to curtail sales of agricultural land, a far more ominous legislative change occurred with little fanfare: Law 246/2020...

Czech Republic: Securing parent company debt in light of a significant amendment to the Business Corporations Act

February 2021 – On 1 January 2021, a significant amendment to Act No. 90/2012, Coll., on Businesses and Cooperatives (the “Business Corporations Act”) entered into effect. Among other changes, the Act introduces a new Section 40 (5) prohibiting...

Public consultation on draft operational procedures and principles of the Turkish green certificate system and market

February 2021 – The Turkish Energy Market Regulatory Authority (“EMRA”) has initiated a public consultation process in relation to the draft operational procedures and principles regarding Turkey’s green certificate system and the introduction...

Spotlight on Uzbekistan: Kinstellar’s regular look at the Uzbek market - January 2021

February 2021 – Spotlight on Uzbekistan: Kinstellar’s regular look at the Uzbek market.

Crucial changes to Czech UBO Register legal framework – Sanctions apply from 1 June 2021

February 2021 – The Czech parliament has recently passed a new Act on UBO Register, no. 37/2021 Coll. (the “New UBO Act”) effective from 1 June 2021, which implements the EU’s Anti-money Laundering Directive no. V (AMLD V). From 1 January 2018...

New Turkish-Lira tariff scheme for renewable energy projects in Turkey

February 2021 – On 30 January 2021, Presidential Decision No. 3453 (the “Decision”) was published in Turkey’s Official Gazette and entered into force on the same date. The Decision is based on the authority granted to the Turkish president on...

Two-minute recap of recent developments in Turkish Data Protection Law – January 2021

Feburary 2021 – In January, the most remarkable announcement of the Turkish Data Protection Board (the “Board”) was in relation to the new privacy policy of the messaging and VoIP platform WhatsApp. Another important development was the Board’s...