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|21. 05. 2013||
Czech Republic: Re-codification and Entrepreneurship
Three new laws re-codifying Czech private law are set to change the country’s current legal order entirely. The current order (i.e. Act No. 40/1964 Coll., Civil Code; Act No. 513/1991 Coll., Commercial Code; Act No. 97/1963 Coll., on International Private Law) will be abolished entirely and replaced with new laws of symbolic numbers: Act No. 89/21012 Coll., New Civil Code; Act No. 90/2012 Coll.; on Corporations; and Act No. 91/2012 Coll., on International Private Law. As one of the largest legal overhauls of the Czech Republic’s laws in recent decades, this development is indeed an admirable achievement. Of course, nothing new comes into this world without difficulties.
|14. 05. 2013||
Poland: Recent court judgments in Polish labour law
|13. 05. 2013||
Slovenia: New Employment Relationship Act
|06. 05. 2013||
Austria: Indirect shareholder contributions in conjunction with corporate reorganisations - Handle with care!
|30. 04. 2013||
Poland: Amendment to the Polish Act on Competition and Consumer Protection
Poland's government is currently working on the draft amendment to the Polish Act on Competition and Consumer Protection (the "Amendment") proposed on 14 March 2013 by the president of the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection ("OCCP"). The Amendment, whose adoption in the near future is highly probable, is meant to simplify and accelerate proceedings under the Act on Competition and Consumer Protection. This Legal Insight looks at the key proposed changes in the Amendment.
|29. 04. 2013||
Austria: Whistleblower Hotline is Launched Online
In its fight against corruption and white collar crime, the Austrian Judiciary can from now on also rely on an anonymous whistleblowing system that has been implemented with the aim of obtaining such information more easily.
|22. 04. 2013||
Reselling Used Apps?
In a recent decision, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) held that the resale of used software generally cannot be excluded in licence terms. The judgment, which aimed at the resale of used business software, may also affect the app market.
|15. 04. 2013||
Bulgaria: A welcome reform or a market disruption
|08. 04. 2013||
Hungary: energy regulator restructured and further cuts in utilities prices expected
In 2013, Hungary has introduced a 10% household utilities price cut in the field of electricity, gas and district heating. To ensure thorough enforcement of the price cuts, the country's energy regulator was restructured and several barriers were set to prevent energy companies from passing on these burdens to consumers.
|04. 04. 2013||
Romania: Wind of change on the Romanian renewable energy market - part II
In the Legal Insights edition of 18 March 2013, we presented the potential changes to the Romanian renewable energy scheme, resulting from an unofficial working draft Government Emergency Ordinance (GEO) circulated on the market. This Tuesday (2 April 2013), a draft Government Emergency Ordinance on the amendment of Law no. 220/2008 was officially published on the website of the Ministry of Economy. The public is invited to submit comment within the next 30 days, to the e-mail address email@example.com.