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New Regulations and Measures Relating to the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Emergency

We have left behind the first week of the state of emergency declared for the suppression of coronavirus disease, during which state authorities passed several regulations that have serious impact on the lives of citizens and functioning of economy. At the same time, both state and private sector had to adjust to the new circumstances and it is very likely there will be some new measures in the upcoming period. The key novelties that marked the previous week shall be presented herein. a. Restricted trade in goods and services One of the first measures introduced by the Government was temporary...

COVID-19 PR Legal Announcement

Dear Clients and Business Associates, In accordance with the state of emergency declared in the Republic of Serbia due to the COVID-19 virus pandemic, we wanted to inform you about the steps that our office has taken in this regard. In order to prevent the spread of virus, protect the public health and health of employees, PR Legal has decided that our employees will start working from home until further notice, as well as individual on-call duties will be organized in order to continue to provide you with timely and quality legal services. These organizational changes caused by the new...

Update: COVID-19 risk in the Workplace

On March 16, 2020 the Government of the Republic of Serbia passed the Regulation on organization of the employers’ operations in the state of emergency (“Regulation”), which was subsequently published in the Official Gazette of the RS no. 31/2020. The Regulation provides that during the state of emergency employer is obliged to enable employees to perform work outside the employer’s premises (teleworking and work from home), at all jobs where such work can be organized in accordance with the general enactment and the employment agreement. If there are no applicable internal rules on remote work, the Regulation provides that employer...

Labour relations amid COVID-19 pandemic

On 11 March 2020, the World Health Organisation declared COVID-19 (coronavirus disease) a pandemic. In recent days, the number of cases has also been on the increase in the Republic of Serbia, wherefore the Government adopted several measures to prevent the spreading of the disease. They include the ban on gatherings of more than 100 people in confined spaces, temporary ban on entry into Serbia for foreign citizens arriving from the zones particularly affected by the disease, temporary closing of 44 minor border crossings and transfer of international road transport to major border crossings. With regard to labour relations, the...

eCadastre – Introduction of New Electronic Services

National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia adopted the Law amending the Law on Registration Procedure with the Cadastre of Real Estate and Utilities (“the Law”), which will be fully in force as of 31 March 2020. The amendments to the Law should accelerate the delivery of decisions to the parties and increase legal certainty of registration finality, as well as accelerate the overall procedure of entry into the real estate cadastre and reduce its costs. Another reason for amendments to the Law was the alignment of certain provisions of the Law with other regulations relevant for the activities of...

New Legal Grounds for Foreigners’ Stay in the Republic of Serbia

The Government of the Republic of Serbia passed a Regulation on criteria for determining the categories of foreigners and categories of foreigners who may be approved temporary stay in the Republic of Serbia regardless of the grounds for approval of temporary stay (“the Regulation”), which has been applied since 22 February 2020. The Regulation regulates legal grounds for approval of temporary stay in the Republic of Serbia in addition to the grounds already stipulated by the Law on Foreigners. Who can be granted stay on basis of this Regulation? The following categories of foreigners are eligible: Foreigners who incorporated a...

We are Looking for a Senior Associate to Join Our Team

We are currently looking for a Senior Associate to join the firm's team with particular expertise in: Corporate/Commercial Employment Dispute Resolution Candidates profile/experience: University degree in Law; Serbian Bar exam; At least 3 years of working experience in the abovementioned practice areas; Excellent written and spoken English; Strong computer skills, specifically Paragraf Lex, Word, Excel, Outlook, Internet research skills; The candidate must be an excellent writer with analytical skills, able to handle multiple matters with independence and sound judgment; Possess a strong work ethic and strong legal research skills; Be able to create and deliver sustainable, high quality client service...

Personal Data Protection Developments – Serbia Got Standard Contractual Clauses

Shortly before marking the #DataProtectionDay in January 2020, the Commissioner for Information of Public Importance and Personal Data Protection (the "Commissioner") passed the Decision establishing Standard Contractual Clauses. In that way, the Commissioner fulfilled his obligation under the Law on Personal Data Protection (“LPDP”), and Serbia took a step closer to completing the legal framework for personal data protection. What are standard contractual clauses? Standard contractual clauses ("SCCs") represent a contract model that governs the relationship of two parties to the processing of personal data. Like almost all LPDP decisions, SCCs are not the original legal mechanism of the domestic...

Preparations for the Start of Operation of the Temporary Employment Agencies

The Law on Agency Employment (“LAE”) was adopted in December 2019 and its full application will commence on 1 March 2020. The beneficiary employers who used to settle their need for labour through staff leasing will have to adjust their operation to new legislative framework. Among other, instead of the usual agreements on business cooperation, the beneficiary employers will have to conclude a prescribed staff leasing agreement with the service provider – agency for temporary employment. In order to perform the activities of staff leasing in terms of LAE, the agencies will have to meet the requirements stipulated in the...

New Rules on the Use of Drones in Serbia

Following the trend of stricter regulations enacted in the US (Federal Aviation Administration) and somewhat milder rules of the European Union Aviation Safety Agency which recently published a set of rules for flying drones in Europe, based on the European Union’s Implementing  Regulation (EU) 2019/947 of May 24, 2019, the new Rulebook on unmanned aircraft system will start to apply in Serbia as of February 15, 2020. Unlike the previous Rulebook of 2015, which referred to the unmanned aircraft systems with the operating mass exceeding 0.5 kg, with the maximum speed exceeding 20m/s and maximum height up to 10m, technological development and the need...