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The Tax Administration of the Republic of Serbia has recently published a call to natural persons who acquired income abroad in the past period to file tax applications, calculate and pay taxes and contributions for mandatory social insurance with relevant interest as soon as possible, in order to avoid offence liability.

By the Regulation amending the Regulation on measures for prevention and suppression of infectious disease COVID-19, which was published in the Official Gazette of RS no. 126/2020 dated October 23, 2020, the Government of the Republic of Serbia introduced the mandatory appointment of person – corona controller by certain legal entities and entrepreneurs.

Ministry of Labor, Employment, Veterans and Social Affairs („the Ministry“) on October 15, 2020 published a notice for employers regarding the duration of annual leave, in order to eliminate doubts that some employers have when employee is on paid leave during the calendar year or is temporarily unable for work in the terms of health insurance regulations.

Pursuant to Article 16, para. 1 of the Law on Hospitality Management (Official Gazette of RS no. 17/2019), the Rulebook on the manner of entry, operation, keeping and using the central information system, its content and type of information has been adopted (Official Gazette of RS, no. 87/2020) and it has been in force since 1 October 2020 (“the Rulebook”).

In accordance with the Law on Protection of Competition that entered into force in 2009 and was amended in 2013 (the “Law”), the Commission for Protection of Competition (“Commission”) instituted ex officio antitrust proceedings for possible infringement of competition rights in the market of the Republic of Serbia against domestic legal entities dealing with retail and/or wholesale in consumer electronics.

In line with the new Health Care Law (“Law“) which came into force on April 11, 2019, the Business Registers Agency (“BRA“) announced the establishment of a new Register of Health Care Institutions on October 11, 2020, after which the Health Care Institutions, both private and public owned, shall be obliged to harmonise with the Register of Health Care Institutions maintained by BRA.

Independent data protection authorities (“DPA”), such as Commissioner for Information of Public Importance and Personal Data Protection in the Republic of Serbia (“Commissioner”), have significant role and authorities in case of personal data breach.

The Law on Consumer Protection (Official Gazette of RS no. 62/2014, 6/2016 – other law and 44/2018 – other law; “LCP 2014“) prescribes seller’s liability for non-conformity of goods that occurs within a period of two years after the transfer of risk to the consumer.

On 17 August 2020, the National Bank of Serbia (“NBS”) adopted the Decision on temporary measures for banks to facilitate access to financing for natural persons (“Decision”), which was published in the Official Gazette of RS no. 108 on 20 August 2020 and which will enter into force on 28 August 2020.

Privacy Shield is a legal mechanism that has been used since 2016 as a basis for data transfer from the EU to the US. Controllers subject to the Serbian Law on Personal Data Protection (“LPDP”) could also use the benefits of this arrangement given the relevant provisions of the LPDP and special decisions of the Government of the Republic of Serbia.

The Law on Central Register of Mandatory Social Insurance (“ZOCROSO”) was amended at the end of 2019 and the most important novelty was the extension of deadline for employers to adjust to the Decision on single codebook for entry and codification of information in databases in the field of labour, enacted in 2018 (“the Decision“).

The Law on fees for the use of public goods (“the Law“) prescribes an obligation for legal entities and entrepreneurs that are deemed to have negative environmental impact to pay the fees for protection and improvement of the environment (“Eco-fee“).

In accordance with the Law on Health and Safety at Work, the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs passed a Rulebook on preventive measures for safe and healthy work for prevention of onset and spreading of epidemic of communicable disease (“the Rulebook”), published in the Official Gazette of RS no. 94/2020 on 3 July 2020 that will enter into force on 11 July 2020.

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