As the invasion of Ukraine continues for the fourth month, the European Commission adopts the sixth package of restrictive measures against Russia. Together with the previous five packages, the sanctions are designed to further increase economic pressure on Russia and undermine its ability to wage its war on Ukraine. The sixth package also imposes further sanctions against Belarus for its involvement in the aggression.
Our partner, Matej Perpar, shared his knowledge in the second session of the SELA’s Webinar titled ‘Russia Sanctions: the Impact on Companies in SEE Region’ that was held on Thursday, May 26, 2022. He focused on EU’s perspective regarding sanctions, challenges in various industries, business exits from Russia, as well as responses of SEE businesses.
On April 23, 2022, the European Parliament and EU Member States reached a political agreement on the Digital Services Act, which the European Commission proposed in 2020. European legislation in this area is obsolete – the area of digital services was last regulated more than 20 years ago, while the proliferation of counterfeit goods, hate speech and cyber threats showed the need to modernize it.
On April 13, 2022 the Amendments to the Agricultural Land Act (ZKZ) (Official Gazette of Republic of Slovenia, No. 44/22) entered into force. Members of Parliament adopted the amendments on their 30th regular parliamentary session, where some other acts in the fields of agriculture, forestry, hunting and fishing have also been approved.
Due to the crisis situation in Ukraine and the mass influx of people fleeing the war, the Council of the European Union decided in early March to activate temporary protection for displaced persons in the European Union, providing temporary protection for Ukrainian displaced persons due to military invasion of Russian armed forces. In accordance with this decision, Slovenia also adopted its own Decision on the introduction of temporary protection for displaced persons from Ukraine in the Republic of Slovenia (Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia, No. 32/22), which entered into force on March 10, 2022. Since the war situation is not improving, the information on the process of obtaining temporary protection is still more than relevant. The process is described in more detail below.
The latest report on business opportunities in the Southeast Europe is available. Sectors covered are banking and finance, insurance, telecommunications, energy, infrastructure, tourism, natural resources and real estate, making it a great informative material on current opportunities within the SELA member countries. .
The Legal 500 EMEA 2022 guide has again recognised Kirm Perpar as one of the leading Slovenian law firms. For 33 years, The Legal 500 has been analysing the capabilities of law firms across the world, with a comprehensive research programme revised and updated every year to bring the most up-to-date vision of the global legal market. Research is based on feedback from clients worldwide as well as interviews with leading private practice lawyers.
On April 05, 2022 the Prevention of Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Act (ZPPDFT-2) (Official Gazette of Republic of Slovenia, No. 48/22) entered into force, replacing the old one adopted in 2016. The new Act incorporates into Slovenia’s legislation three European directives, with incorporation of which our country has already been late and has therefore received a formal notice from European Commission.