In August, the TCA — which three months ago launched an investigation into German automotive giants Audi, Porsche, Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz and BMW — initiated an investigation against other players in the Turkish automobile industry.
September 2020 – Following the adoption of Regulation (EU) 2019/452of the European Parliament and of the Council of 19 March 2019 on establishing a framework for the screening of foreign direct investments into the Union (the “Regulation”), the Czech government decided to regulate this area and to seek to pass a law on the screening of foreign investments. The Czech Ministry of Trade and Industry (the “Ministry”) has submitted a bill on the screening of foreign investments on the basis of which it will be possible to control and eventually ban certain foreign investments into Czech companies (the “Bill”).
The Bulgarian Ministry of Transport, Information Technology and Communications has released a new draft strategy entitled Concept for the Development of Artificial Intelligence in Bulgaria until 2030. It aims to define focal areas for building scientific and expert capacity for the development and implementation of AI systems and to build on the measures and activities set as a priority in other relevant national strategic documents, including in particular “Vision, Objectives and Priorities for the National Development Program: Bulgaria 2030.”
On the 14th of May 2020, the European Commission decided to refer Cyprus to the Court of Justice of the European Union due to its failure to implement a national register of road transport companies.
In July it appears that Turkish merger control activities left the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic behind.
While the world adjusted to working remotely during the pandemic, we all faced the obstacles of home setup, IT, and technology – but many of us also faced a new challenge of juggling working from home with parenting, as our children also had to adapt to homeschooling and an unexpectedly long summer holiday!
The ‘track and trace’ programme is part of the government’s plan to slow the spread of Covid-19. It’s designed to make sure those who have been in close proximity with someone who has tested positive for the virus can be contacted and given advice to follow. Until recently, the government recommended hospitality businesses to collect certain customer information. From 17 September however, this became a legal requirement.
A summary of how employers should deal with an employee involved in criminal proceedings including whether and when the employer should take disciplinary action and when to investigate and/or suspend the employee.
The screening of foreign direct investments (FDIs) has been a hot topic for some time now across CEE (as also covered here). Several jurisdictions have adopted stricter measures of scrutiny allowing for the vetting of transactions potentially posing security risks. In line with this trend, the Romanian Competition Council has put forward new draft legislation aimed at tightening the existing FDI screening rules. This draft is subject to public debate until 6 October.
The Government has extended its moratorium, preventing the eviction of commercial tenants for non-payment of rent, until the end of 2020.
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