COVID-19 CEE Legislation Tracker: Highlights from Calendar Week 25

15 June 2020 | newsletters

In this article we provide an overview of the most recent Covid-19 legal developments across CEE. We are constantly monitoring the laws for updates. For a detailed overview, please take a look at the comprehensive cee legislation trackers.

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Austria   

Banking & Finance and other support measures

  • 17/06: Due to EU-COM designating marketable export risks as non-marketable risks, OeKB may grant export guarantees for direct deliveries and services to EU countries and certain OECD countries (find more info here).
  • 12/06: Ministry of Finance announces a moratorium as well as amendments to the grants for fixed cost for particularly concerned sectors.
  • 09/06: proposal regarding the extension of statutory moratorium passes the Judicial Committee, which ascertains that the extension is in line with the relevant EBA guidelines, preventing for credit-rates to be designated with forbearance status.  

Capital Markets

  • 16/06: ESMA has prolonged the requirement for holders of net short positions in shares traded on a EU regulated market to notify the national competent authority (FMA) if the position reaches or exceeds 0.1% of the issued share capital for three more months (starting with 17/06).

Healthcare
COVID-19 Measures

  • News:
    • Gastronomy:
      • new restricted opening hours: 6 AM to 01 AM (following day);
      • No restrictions for groups (count of people);
      • No mouth-nose-protection;
    • Events:
      • Weddings and funerals with more than 100p are permissible;
      • New rules for trade and public exhibitions, extra-curricular youth education and youth work, supervised holiday camps;
    • Travelling:
      • Railway transport to/from Italy resumed.
  • No more "lock-down", no sector is closed;
  • Public places/ client areas/ mass transport/ rope and rack railways, coaches and excursion boats:
    • 1m safety distance if people do not live together;
    • Mouth-nose-protection in pharmacies, facilities for the practice of religion, work places and open markets; not necessary when seated a designated spots;
    • Restricted opening hours for gastronomy: 6 AM to 01 AM;
  • Transportation (private/ training and further training trips, taxis and taxi-like operations and on board aircraft which are not used for mass transport):
    • Two people per seating row; mouth-nose-protection;
  • Events:
    • Public events (>100 persons) are generally prohibited, except:
      • Weddings and funerals with more than 100p are permissible;
      • Trade and public exhibitions are allowed with the approval of the local district administrative authority;
      • Extra-curricular youth education and youth work, supervised holiday camps are allowed;
    • As of 01/07: events with assigned and marked seating are permitted in enclosed rooms with up to 250p and in open-air areas with up to 500p;
    • As of 01/08: events with assigned and marked seats are permitted in enclosed rooms with up to 500p and in open-air areas with up to 750p;
      • With up to 1,000p and in open-air areas with up to 1,250p with the approval of the local district administrative authority;
    • Precautionary restrictions (1m distance, mouth-nose-protection) apply;
    • Exceptions: Events in the private living area, for the practice of religion, meetings under the Assembly Act 1953; meetings for professional purposes if these are necessary to maintain professional activity, of organs of political parties, of organs of legal persons, under the Labour Constitution Act - ArbVG, Federal Law Gazette 22/1974; entering theatres, concert halls and arenas, cinemas, variety theatres and cabarets by multi-track motor vehicles;
  • Travelling:
    • Mandatory mouth/nose protection;
    • Travel warnings for 21 countries (read here);
    • Temporary reintroduction of border control and restriction of border traffic; controls lifted for Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Germany, Czech Republic and Slovakia;
    • Landing prohibition for airplanes flying in from Belarus, China, France, Iran, Italy, Netherlands, Russia, Spain, UK, Ukraine, until 30/06 (read here);
    • No travelling restrictions for people with their habitual residence in Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary or Slovenia when travelling from/to one of these countries;
    • Mandatory 14-day home quarantine or negative SARS-CoV-2 test for people entering the country without a habitual residence in Austria (read here & here); No quarantine when travelling from/to Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary or Slovenia;
  • Extensions of law enforcement entitlements, particularly by allowing law enforcement to impose fines on the spot:
    • EUR 25: missing mouth-nose-protection
    • EUR 50: other violations of the COVID-19-measures-Act, prohibition of events and gatherings, monitoring of certain persons with COVID-19 and traffic restrictions for residents of certain localities.

For the full overview of the Austrian legislation, please see the Austrian legislation tracker.

 

Czech Republic 

Competition
17/06: Access to file, hearings and meetings: The Authority informed that it is returning to normal business after the COVID-19 measures have been lifted to a broad extent.

State aid
17/06: The European Commission approved:

  • Aid in the form of direct grants with a total estimated budget CZK 1 billion (approx. EUR 36.3 million) for SMEs active in agricultural primary production in Czechia. The estimated number of beneficiaries is 5000. The aid will be granted until no later than 30 September 2020.
  • Aid in the form of direct grants, which will amount to 50% of the original rent or lease due for the months of April, May and June 2020. They are conditional on the lessee and the lessor agreeing, before the application for aid, on a 30% reduction of the original monthly rent or lease for the respective period and on the lessee having paid 50% of the original rent for the same period. Grants will be allowed up to a maximum of CZK 10 million (approx. EUR 368 6634) per beneficiary. The budget of the measure is CZK 5 billion (approx. EUR 184.3 million). The aid will be granted until no later than 31 December 2020.

For the full overview of the Czech legislation, please see the Czech legislation tracker.

 

Hungary  

Other
15/06:
Public libraries are reopened

For the full overview of the Hungarian legislation, please see the Hungarian legislation tracker.

 

Slovenia 

Healthcare

  • 16/06: trend of gradual relaxation of protective measures continues (eg. relaxation of limitations on engaging in sports and sporting events, on public transport, etc.)
  • Restrictions on public gathering and movement:
    15/06 (UL 85): Gathering and movement of people in public places generally allowed for up to 500 persons (on the condition of minimum contact between persons can be secured in line with guidelines / recommendations of the National Institute for Health (NIJZ)). Exceptions apply (eg. if other government decrees expressly prohibit specific public gatherings)
  • Border control / travel restrictions:
    15/06 (UL 86): borders now generally open with all neighboring countries (subject to below conditions) – Croatia (all checkpoints), Italy, Austria, Hungary (limited checkpoints); all also deemed "epidemiologically safe countries"

For the full overview of the Slovenian legislation, please see the Slovenian legislation tracker.

 


Stay tuned: The latest developments will be reflected in next week's article.