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On 15 December 2014, the Hungarian Parliament voted for the Sunday closure of shops as of 15 March 2015.
A new law in Slovakia offers successful whistleblowers a bounty corresponding to 50 times the minimum wage.
On 6 December Council Regulation (EU) No 1290/2014 entered into force, the latest in a series of regulations regarding sectoral sanctions against Russia.
Croatia is in its sixth consecutive year of recession.
On 3 December, Transparency International, the leading civil society organisation fighting corruption worldwide, released its 20th annual Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI).
The amended Universal Services Directive 2002/22/EC requires EU Member States to ensure that their respective national regulatory authorities are able to oblige all providers of publicly available telephone services to make ’itemised bills’ available to their subscribers on a free-of-charge basis.
Poland: crime of active corruption and commercial bribery as grounds for exclusion from public contracts award procedures
Active corruption involves giving or promising to give material or personal benefit to a person performing public functions in connection with his/her public duties.
The Romanian Law no. 121/2014 is intended to increase energy efficiency in the country, with the aim of reducing energy consumption by 19 per cent by 2020.
The Austrian Ministry of Finance has published its view on certain aspects relating to private equity funds.
European Court of Human Rights rules that Czech Competition Authority is not authorised to enter business premises without a warrant
The Czech Competition Authority violated article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights when entering the Delta Bakery premises without first obtaining a warrant.
On 25 July 2014, the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova adopted Act No. 173/2014 on amending and supplementing of certain legal acts.
In recent years, bank customers in Hungary have initiated numerous litigations claiming that their loan agreements are illegal, invalid or null and void.
As of 13 August 2014, the amendments and supplements to the Insolvency Act are in force, published in the Official Gazette of RS no. 83/2014.
Austrian merger control continues to capture non-full-function joint ventures...
The ‘threshold regulation’ adjusting the sub-thresholds of the Austrian Procurement Act (BVergG) will be extended once again, namely for two more years.
In a recent decision, the SCCR has ruled on the issue of the irreversibility of the legal effects of registration of transformation in the Czech Commercial Register.
After introducing the ‘sectoral sanctions’ against Russia on 1 August 2014, the sanctions regime was tightened further on 12 September as set out in EC Regulation No 960/2014.
EU/ECJ: voluntary ex ante transparency notice does not provide clean bill of health for awarding a contract without prior publication
The ‘voluntary ex ante transparency notice’ does not preclude review authorities from declaring a contract ineffective if it was awarded without prior publication of a contract notice.
Hungary’s new advertising tax may affect regular manufacturing and trading companies active in various industry segments.
The Slovenian Competition Protection Agency may impose a fine of up to 10 per cent of a company’s annual turnover for infringements of article 9 of the Competition Act.