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Processing of personal data in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak

We have prepared below a brief overview of certain opinions and positions of the Slovenian Information Commissioner (hereinafter: IP) regarding the processing and protection of personal data in the context of SARS-CoV-2 virus (COVID-19) outbreak, which we have summarised in the form of Q&A. Does the applicable law in Slovenia allow and under what conditions does it allow processing of health data of employees, especially with respect to monitoring of body temperature of employees and...
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Competition and State Aid law (as at 6.4.2020)

In light of the developments related to the SARS-CoV-2 virus (COVID-19), we have prepared an overview of the development in competition law that may be relevant in the current situation. State Aid To help companies in the current situation, Member States can approve measures within an already existing framework, especially on the basis of Articles 107(2)(b), 107(3)(b) and 107(3)(c) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) and in accordance with the de...
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Mega Act (ZIUZEOP): Deferred payment of credit obligations and other liabilities (1/5)

On 2 April 2020, the National Assembly adopted an Act on the intervention measures to mitigate the consequences of the communicable disease SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) epidemic for citizens and the economy (Act). The Act is envisioned to enter into force the day after its publication in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia. The Act provides for the rules regarding (1) deferral of borrower’s payment obligations, (2) employment relationship and payment of social security contributions...
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Mega Act (ZIUZEOP): Employment and payment of social security contributions (2/5)

On 2 April 2020, the National Assembly adopted an Act on the intervention measures to mitigate the consequences of the communicable disease SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) epidemic for citizens and the economy (Act). The Act is envisioned to enter into force the day after its publication in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia. The Act provides for the rules regarding (1) deferral of borrower’s payment obligations, (2) employment relationship and payment of social security contributions...
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Mega Act (ZIUZEOP): Health care and social protection (3/5)

On 2 April 2020, the National Assembly adopted an Act on the intervention measures to mitigate the consequences of the communicable disease SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) epidemic for citizens and the economy (Act). The Act is envisioned to enter into force the day after its publication in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia. The Act provides for the rules regarding (1) deferral of borrower’s payment obligations, (2) employment relationship and payment of social security contributions...
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Mega Act (ZIUZEOP): Enforcement, insolvency and other financial obligations (4/5)

On 2 April 2020, the National Assembly adopted an Act on the intervention measures to mitigate the consequences of the communicable disease SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) epidemic for citizens and the economy (Act). The Act is envisioned to enter into force the day after its publication in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia. The Act among others provides for the rules regarding (1) deferral of borrower’s payment obligations, (2) employment relationship and payment of social...
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Mega Act (ZIUZEOP): Other (prevention of money laundering and terrorism financing, insurance and financial instruments market, salaries, salaries compensations and relocations in the public sector, providing of public services, public procurement and environmental protection) (5/5)

On 2 April 2020, the National Assembly adopted an Act on the intervention measures to mitigate the consequences of the communicable disease SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) epidemic for citizens and the economy (Act). The Act is envisioned to enter into force the day after its publication in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia. The Act among others provides for the rules regarding (1) deferral of borrower’s payment obligations, (2) employment relationship and payment of social...
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Remote participation and voting of shareholders in AGMs

Dear Clients, In view of the forthcoming annual shareholders’ meetings’ season, we have prepared, in the form of Q&A, an overview of certain provisions of the applicable legislation in the Republic of Slovenia and in eight other countries, namely the provisions regulating the possibility of participation of shareholders and other bodies in an online shareholders’ meetings, ie. without physical presence. Given the lastest measures associated with SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19), the subject matter is currently particularly relevant....
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CEE Legal Matters Deal of the Year Award for Slovenia

We are proud to announce that our law firm has won the CEE Legal Matters Deal of the Year Award for Slovenia! Our law firm has advised on two out of three deals shortlisted by CEE legal matters for the Deal of the Year Award in Slovenia and the winning deal was the privatization of Abanka d.d.. Congratulations to each and every member of the team and to all those involved in Abanka d.d. Privatization deal! Furthermore, we’d like...
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Order of the President of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Slovenia (dated 30 March 2020)

On 30 March 2020, the President of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Slovenia issued an order on the basis of Article 4 of the Act on Provisional Measures Relating to Judicial, Administrative and Other Public Law Matters for the Control of the Spread of Infectious Disease SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) (ZZUSUDJZ), which further defines procedures, that are not considered as urgent matters for the duration of the epidemic of the contagious disease SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19), and...
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Banking and Finance related Measures (COVID-19)

The severity of SARS-COV-2 virus (COVID-19) epidemic has forced the authorities to pass a number of provisions and measures in order to manage the spread of the disease and its consequences. Below is the summary of the measures taken in the financial sector. Act Determining Intervention Measures in Public Finance (in Slovene: Zakon o interventnih ukrepih na javnofinančnem področju) On 20 March 2020, National Assembly of the Republic of Slovenia adopted the Act Determining Intervention...
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Measures Package of the Government of the RS

On 24 March 2020, the Government of the Republic of Slovenia presented its guidelines and measures for the preparation of a “Mega-Act” package worth around € 2 billion to help the population and the economy in mitigating the effects of the corona epidemic. The act has not been adopted yet; however, the measures are expected to stay in force from the date of the entry of the Mega-Act into force until 31 May 2020. The...
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Act on emergency measures on deferral of borrowers’ payment obligations

The Act on emergency measures on deferral of borrowers’ payment obligations (hereinafter: “the Act”) was adopted on March 20, 2020, within the urgent legislative procedure. Stated Act, under certain conditions, facilitates borrowers’ deferral of payment obligations under credit agreements and thus alleviates consequences of the emerging economic situation due to the COVID-19 epidemic. The Act came into force on 29 March 2020, the day after being published in the Official Gazette of the Republic of...
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Summary of governmental actions in light of COVID-19 (as at 20.3.2020)

Dear clients, on 16 March 2020, we provided you with a summary of actions taken by the competent authorities to manage the spread of SARS-COV-2 (COVID-19). As new, additional measures have been taken since then, please see below a summary of these measures. Prohibition of public gatherings As of 20 March 2020, 00:00 hours, the Order on the temporary prohibition of public gathering at public meetings and public events and other events in public places...
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Preventive restructuring in the light of current economic situation (COVID-19)

Uncertainty of current economic situation, as a result of the COVID-19 epidemic, leads to inevitable decline in consumption and companies’ revenues and, therefore, puts unavoidable pressure on small and medium-sized companies (SMEs). The current state of Slovenian economy is starting to resemble situation which emerged after the economic crisis in 2008 and which resulted in introduction of a completely new legal procedure under the insolvency legislation, i.e. preventive restructuring which is now available from year...
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Contractual (business) relationships in light of COVID-19

Virus SARS-CoV-2 (disease COVID-19) already has a significant impact on our everyday life and will, as a consequence, most likely also have an impact on contractual (business) relationships. In light of the circumstances arising as a consequence of the virus-SARS-CoV-2 (disease COVID-19), parties may want to address particular attention to, among others, the following legislative provisions and legal institutes, when performing their contractual obligations: Legal institute /concept Purpose and meaning of that institute / concept...
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Employment related measures in light of COVID-19 (as at 25.3.2020)

In light of developments related to the SARS-COV-2 virus (COVID-19), we have prepared an overview of some employment related measures that may be relevant in the current situation to businesses and other entities.  Temporary irregular distribution of working time If conditions for a temporary redistribution of working time are met, an employer may temporarily distribute the working time irregularly.  Temporary lay-off of the employees (in Slovene: čakanje na domu) An employee may, in the agreement...
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Summary of governmental actions in light of COVID-19 (as at 16.3.2020)

Dear clients, in light of developments related to the SARS-COV-2 virus (COVID-19), we have prepared a summary of certain actions taken by the competent authorities that may be relevant to businesses and other entities in the current situation.   Temporary prohibition of sale of goods and services to consumers in the Republic of Slovenia As of 16.3.2020, at 00:00 hours, the Ordinance on the temporary prohibition of sale of goods and services to consumers in...
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