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22.11.2019 - Poland: New VAT obligations for foreign companies

Entrepreneurs who do business in Poland and are registered there for VAT purposes will face new obligations as of November 2019. All companies registered in Poland as VAT payers must submit their bank accounts for inclusion in the list of taxpayers. If it is not possible to audit foreign banks via the STIR system, foreign entrepreneurs registered in Poland for VAT purposes are required to open such a special account in Poland.

22.11.2019 - Changes in subsidy law

State aid is granted on the basis of various criteria. The region or the economic sector in which the investment is made is decisive, but also the strategic importance of the investment and the level of the investment volume. Investments in structurally weak regions receive higher subsidies than investments in industrial areas. For the award of grants, a distinction is made between six different regions.

22.11.2019 - Hungary: The new legal regulation of drones

Unmanned aircraft is a new component of the global aviation system. A new EU-Regulation on the common rules of civil aviation therefore aims on establishing rules for the use of unmanned aircraft. This Regulation is directly applicable in all Member States. Beyond the Regulation a Government Decree from 1998 on the use of the Hungarian airspace also applies to the use of drones. According to the Decree, the operation of an unmanned aircraft is permitted only on a case-by-case basis.

22.11.2019 - Changes in subsidy law

State aid is granted on the basis of various criteria. The region or the economic sector in which the investment is made is decisive, but also the strategic importance of the investment and the level of the investment volume. Investments in structurally weak regions receive higher subsidies than investments in industrial areas. For the award of grants, a distinction is made between six different regions.

22.11.2019 - Czech Republic: Amendment of the Investment Incentives Act

The current unemployment rate in the Czech Republic is 2.7%. This corresponds to the lowest value in the EU. In view of this, the Czech government is seeking to focus the system of investment incentives on promoting projects with higher added value, in addition to combating unemployment. The “Investment Incentives Act” has therefore been substantially amended.

22.11.2019 - Spain: Corrections to the share capital of a limited liability company

In June 2019, the General Directorate of Registries and Notaries’ Offices (“DGRN”) confirmed the decision of a commercial register refusing to register a shareholders resolution. This resolution had provided for the cancellation and invalidation of a capital increase carried out shortly before and already entered in the commercial register.

22.11.2019 - Slovakia: Important changes in the register of public sector partners

As of November 2019, new legal regulations will bring even more transparency into the structures of companies that make use of public tenders or state aid.The definition of a “public sector partner” is new.

22.11.2019 - Slovakia: New law on whistleblowing

“Whistleblower” - people who point out violations of the law - will be protected even more in the future. This is the aim of a new law that came into force a few months ago. The new regulation adds to already existing provisions on the protection of whistleblowers in the employment relationship.

22.11.2019 - Romania: Ban of bearer shares from corporate law

In July 2019, new legal measures were introduced to combat money laundering and terrorist financing. The Romanian Companies Act was also significantly amended as a result of this. The core of the reform: In order to prevent money laundering and terrorist financing, bearer shares have been completely abolished. This means that only registered shares can be issued.

22.11.2019 - Austria: On the termination of the lease due to considerably detrimental use

According to Sec. 1118 ABGB (Austrian Civil Code), the lessor can terminate a lease unilaterally prematurely if the lessee makes a “considerably detrimental use” of the leased object. The scope and content of these legal provisions is a constant source of discussion. The mere performance of structural alterations by the lessee without the consent of the lessor does not in itself justify a good cause for the termination of the lease.

22.11.2019 - Poland: Electricity price subsidies for companies

In 2018, the prices for CO2 emission certificates increased sharply. A direct effect of this was the rapid increase in electricity prices. Despite promises to the contrary, the government did not prevent this price increase. However, compensatory measures have been proposed for 2019. For some companies, these interventions are to apply beyond that date, but up to a maximum of 2028.

22.11.2019 - Italy: The new law on corporate crises as a “work in progress”

A new law on company crises has significantly changed the rules applicable to limited liability companies in this respect Among other things, the liability of the company’s management was tightened. Furthermore, the tasks of the supervisory body were expanded. The reform’s true impact remains to be seen: Will there be a change in corporate culture or will there be an increase in corporate crises?

22.11.2019 - Germany: Ban on Facebook fan page permitted

Almost every company has not only a homepage, but also a Facebook page. However, a legally safe operation of a Facebook fan page is hardly possible from a data protection point of view and the data processing of Facebook is too opaque. If the operators of a Facebook fan page do not want to take any risks, the only option is to deactivate the social media page. If this is not desired from an entrepreneurial point of view and the associated risk is accepted, at least as much information as possible about the data processing processes should be provided.

22.11.2019 - Europe: Liability of the operator of a website for the Facebook “Like Button”

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) recently ruled on the long-discussed question of whether and how website operators can integrate the Facebook Like button (so-called “social plug-in”) in accordance with data protection requirements.Th ECJ’s investigation results from a legal dispute between the Consumer Association of North Rhine-Westphalia and a subsidiary of Peek & Cloppenburg KG.

22.11.2019 - Europe: New entrepreneurial obligations under the EU single-use plastics directive

The flood of single-use plastic must be stopped. Recently, therefore, the EU directive “on the reduction of the impact of certain plastic products on the environment” entered into force. As a result, the use of plastics as consumer packaging and goods will change massively in the future. Manufacturers and dealers will clearly be held accountable for the sustainable use of plastics. What is new?

22.11.2019 - China: Effects of the “Social Credit System” on foreign companies

The Chinese “Social Credit System” (SCS) is an autonomous credit rating system based on “Big Data” with the purpose of regulating economy and society. It is to be introduced nationwide by the end of 2020 as a centralised control instrument. The declared aim of the SCS is to persuade all market participants to behave in accordance with the law and regulations through self-regulation.

22.11.2019 - Europe: Implementation of the EU trade secrets directive

The new “Law on Trade Secrets” now implements the so-called “EU Trade Secrets Directive”. This adopts the European legal requirements for the protection of confidential know-how and secret business information. Moreover, the new legal provisions contain limitation periods and important procedural provisions for the protection of trade secrets in court proceedings.

22.11.2019 - Austria: Even more transparency for transparent companies

State and corporate compliance obligations to combat money laundering and terrorist financing remain an utmost priority for EU member states. Companies (“legal entities”) have therefore been obliged to disclose their “beneficial owners”, among other things, for quite some time. In Austria, a separate database - the “Beneficial Owners Register” - was set up for this purpose. In course of the implementation of the 5th EU Money Laundering Directive, further tightening measures have now been adopted.