PR Legal Ranked At The Legal 500

We are pleased to announce that PR Legal has been listed in The Legal 500 EMEA 2021 edition, as one of the leading employment law firms in Serbia. The team and firm are noted as: ‘The service is outstanding, and the team is positive, quick and to the point.‘ ‘They have good industry knowledge, incredible expertise and professionalism, as well as dedication to achieving success during very complex and demanding cases.‘ ‘The team is on top of everything and has everything covered – they are simply terrific.‘ We would like to express our deepest gratitude to esteemed clients and contacts...

The Government Defines New Terms for Granting State Aid of Small Value – De Minimis Aid

The Government of the Republic of Serbia passed a new Regulation on rules and terms for granting  state aid of small value (de minimis aid), which was published in the Official Gazette under no. 23/2021 (“Regulation”). By entry into force of the Regulation on March, 24 2021, the provisions which prescribed that de minimis aid should be granted under the Regulation on rules for granting state aid, and provisions prescribing the requirements therefore, ceased to be in force. State aid of small value - de minimis aid is defined as aid that does not significantly affect market competition and trade...

Serbia Is About to Say YES to Same-Sex Unions

The adoption of the Law on Same-Sex Unions is expected soon in Serbia and it will, for the first time, regulate the existence and legal consequences of partnership between same-sex persons. Such persons will now be enabled to exercise certain rights that are guaranteed by positive legislation only to spouses and partners in extramarital unions, such as acquisition of joint property, inheritance, right to pension, hospital visits etc. Based on the restrictions contained in the Constitution of the Republic of Serbia, the legislator placed the rules on same-sex unions in a separate regulation and not in the Family Law that...

Contact Tracing: Technology In Fight Against COVID-19

While the numbers of infected and vaccinated persons are on the rise, we wonder why the Republic of Serbia still lacks the smartphone application for tracing contacts with infected persons. The launching of this application entitled “Covtakt” was announced in August 2020 and its commissioning was expected soon after. However, this did not happen, while the public was left to wonder whether the launching was given up or it was simply delayed. According to the Oxford University research, digital contact tracing could slow or even stop coronavirus transmission. The first applications for contact tracing and citizen warning were available in...

Deadline for Submitting a Transcript of the Book of Archives to the Competent Archive expires on 30 April

As we wrote in one of the previous articles (available here), the implementation of the new Law on Archival Material and Services („Law") began on February 2, 2021, which provided a number of obligations for creators and holders of archival material and documentary materials. Obligation to submit a transcript of the book of archives Article 9 of the Law prescribes the obligation for creators and holders of archival material and documentary material to submit to the competent archive a transcript of the book of archives for documentary material created in the previous year by April 30 of the current year...

Abolishment of Roaming Charges In the Western Balkans From 1 July 2021

Roaming charges in the Western Balkan region will be abolished from 1 July this year, in accordance with the Regional Roaming Agreement (“Agreement”) signed in 2019 at the second Western Balkans Digital Summit in Belgrade. In this way, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Albania and Kosovo are following the path of the EU Member States that abolished roaming charges a couple of years ago and whose citizens can exchange calls, messages and data at equal cost regardless of the country they are in. The abolishment of roaming charges will certainly bring large savings to the economy, since costs...

The Law On Determination of the Origin of Property and Special Tax Has Started To Apply

The application of the Law on Determination of the Origin of Property and Special Tax has started on 12 March 2021. We have already presented a brief overview of legal solutions in our previous article [link]. Having regard to the numerous objections stated in public, it is no wonder that the law had been amended even before it started to apply (The law amending the Law on Determination of the Origin of Property and Special Tax, Official Gazette of RS no. 18/2021 of 1 March 2021), which is not the usual practice. However, the amendments did not eliminate most of...

Deadline For Submission of Tax Applications For Annual Citizens’ Income Tax Is 17 May 2021

The Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Serbia published the notice relating to annual citizens’ income tax for 2020. Annual citizens’ income tax is regulated by Article 87, 88. and 89. of the Law on Citizens’ Income Tax (“Law”), with its last amendments being applied since 1 February 2021. The annual citizens’ income tax shall be paid by natural persons whose income in a calendar year was higher than triple amount of average annual salary per employed person paid in the Republic of Serbia. How does the Law regulate annual citizens’ income tax Under the Law, natural persons who...

Amendments To the Law On Health Insurance Expected Soon

Current Law on Health Insurance (Official Gazette of RS no. 25/2019) has been applied since 11 April 2019. The Government of the Republic of Serbia prepared the amendments to this law which are currently in public debate, after which they will enter parliamentary procedure. The draft law stipulates several significant novelties that we will present in this article. If it is adopted, the application of the draft law amending the Law on Health Insurance (“the Law”) will start on 1 June 2021. Changes in submission of notification on temporary inability to work Currently, an employee or in case of severe...

COVID-19 INFO: New Recommendation Of the Government Relating To the Use Of Annual Leave

The Government of the Republic of Serbia passed the Conclusion 05 no. 131-1206/2021 published in the Official Gazette of RS no. 11/2021, whereby it recommended employers to acknowledge more rights to certain categories of employees with regard to the use of annual leave for 2019 and 2020 compared to the rights guaranteed under the Labour Law. These employees include those who did not use their annual leave due to: The nature of work in extraordinary circumstances caused by epidemic of COVID-19 disease, Temporary inability to work caused by their COVID-19 disease, Isolation/house isolation in accordance with law. Unused leave for...