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As of June 1, 2025, the traditional paper labour book will be phased out in favor of a digital alternative. All employment data will now be maintained in an electronic employment register managed by the National Revenue Agency (NRA). This transition is part of a broader effort to modernize the Labour Code and digitize employment relationships, aiming to eliminate the risks associated with physical document loss and to ensure that data is always current and accurate.

The Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism legislative package of the European Union (“EU”), proposed on 20 July 2021 by the European Commission, and approved by the European Parliament plenary this April was published in the Official Journal of the EU on 19 June. The new legislative package introduces significant regulatory changes in connection with the prevention of the use of the financial system for the purposes of money laundering or terrorist financing, both on European and national level.

On June 12, 2024, the Bulgarian Council of Ministers released a draft bill for public discussion, aiming to revise the Bulgarian Consumer Protection Act (“CPA”) to align with the requirements of the General Product Safety Regulation 2023/988 (“GPSR”) and the Class Action Directive 2020/1828 (the “Class Action Directive”).

In The Corner Office, we ask Managing Partners at law firms across Central and Eastern Europe about their backgrounds, strategies, and responsibilities. While in the legal field maintaining client relationships is vital, there are occasions when law firms must end engagements. To explore some of the reasons that might lead to this, we asked: After accepting mandates, what have been the main reasons for which you ended up having to drop clients?

As always in Slovakia, political changes are accompanied by personnel changes. Thus, having a new government and new deputies to the parliament has initiated the change of the key personnel, including the head of the Regulatory Office for Network Industries (URSO) and of the Slovak electricity transmission system, Plc. (SEPS).

The new construction legislation approved in 2022, which aims, among other things, to speed up permitting processes, was to enter into force as a whole on 1 April 2024. This legislation divided the "old" Construction Act into two parts: spatial planning and construction.

We bring you a brief overview of important legislative news from the Czech Republic that should not escape your attention.

In The Corner Office, we ask Managing Partners at law firms across Central and Eastern Europe about their backgrounds, strategies, and responsibilities. Given the dynamic and ever-evolving nature of the legal profession, we asked: What is the one critical skill that you’re investing time and energy in to develop within your team, and why?

Permitting of any projects is a long-standing problem in the Slovak Republic. In international surveys, Slovakia ranks at the bottom, as it takes an average of 300 days to permit a simple building such as a family house. This problem becomes much more acute in the case of constructions that are more complicated and require the assessment of several administrative bodies or may have a significant impact on the environment.

We bring you a brief overview of important legislative news from the Czech Republic that should not escape your attention.

Eversheds Sutherland at a Glance

Eversheds Sutherland with offices in Bratislava and Prague and as part of an international network, provides comprehensive legal advice also in foreign jurisdictions.

Our team consists of a total of more than 40 lawyers in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, most of whom have previously worked at major international and local law firms and have extensive experience in particular in the areas of corporate law, including mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, real estate, employment law, competition law, litigation and arbitration, energy, infrastructure, as well as environmental and ESG law.

Our advisory services are offered in Slovak, German, Czech and English language. Members of our team include attorneys registered with the Austrian Bar Association. On this basis, and because we are part of Eversheds Sutherland, we are also able to offer extensive legal support on various foreign legal issues.

We listen to our clients, we understand their business and we also understand what they need. So we can always find the best solution for the particular situation. We work quickly, efficiently and take responsibility for our work.

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