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On 13 June 2016 the Hungarian Parliament adopted an amendment to the Civil Code which entered into force two years ago. The main body of the amendment will enter into force on 1 October 2016, and reintroduces the independent mortgage ( önálló zálogjog ) which used to be part of the Hungarian secured transactions regime under the former civil code, and refines the rules of the security deposit ( óvadék ). read more...
Should landlords care about their tenants' IP infringements? According to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), they should!
On 27 June 2016 the Polish President signed a new bill introducing changes to the Act on Renewable Energy Sources (" Amending Act "). On 22 June 2016 the President signed a new Act on investments in wind power plants (" Act on Windfarms "). Both acts have been widely criticised by the renewable energy sources (" RES ") industry, and on reading they suggest that the current Polish government is willing to significantly reduce support for RES. read more...
On 20 May 2016 the Bulgarian government resolved to begin open tender proceedings for the concession of the Sofia Airport which has been brought to a halt by the Bulgarian Competition Protection Commission. read more...
Besides coverage of the UEFA-championship, news of the UK vote on "Brexit" dominated the news last week. While it is too early for an in-depth analysis of the ramifications of a possible "Brexit" on IP rights – not only because despite the vote it is not yet decided whether the UK will in fact withdraw from the EU, but also because the specific mechanisms of such withdrawal will most likely be regulated in an agreement pursuant to Art 50 (2) of the Lisbon Treaty – enterprises should also monitor the developments in this field of law. Below is a small foretaste on issues related to key IP-rights: read more...
The new Czech Civil Code effective 1 January 2014 introduced new rules for determining the moment of legal effectiveness of the transfer of an enterprise.
The Czech Government recently submitted a proposal to amend the Czech Penal Code (the " PC ") and the Code of Criminal Procedure (the " CCP ") in respect of, among others  , the non-prosecution of bribery under certain circumstances. The proposal  was adopted within a month and will come into effect on 1 July 2016 (the " Amendment "). read more...
The long-awaited package of secondary legislation regarding renewables (" Secondary Legislation ") was finally adopted by the Government of Serbia on 13 June 2016.
It is no secret that the Act no.171/2012 on Capital Markets (which entered into force in 2013), together with numerous changes to Act no.1134/1997, and in addition the recent abolition of Act no.199/1998 on Securities Markets, cumulatively have significantly changed the rules of direct transactions with securities in Moldovan joint-stock companies ("JSC"). As a consequence, fears arose that such possibility would no longer exist. read more...
The new Inspection Act came into force on 29 April 2015, with the majority of its provisions coming into effect as of 29 April 2016.