Serbian Competition Authority on a Spree: E-commerce and Gun-Jumping

Starting from the end of September up to the first week of November alone, the Serbian Commission for Protection of Competition (“CPC”) initiated five investigations for suspected competition infringements. Not only is this level of enforcement activity rather high compared to previous years, but it also shows the CPC’s clear interest in two areas – the e-commerce sector and unnotified acquisitions (gun-jumping).

The Digital Markets Act: an ambitious attempt at regulating digital markets

Digital markets have seen rapid expansion during the past two decades. A few large undertakings have established their positions as dominant players in digital markets globally, creating serious challenges for competition law enforcement in ensuring efficient and effective market regulation. Existing enforcement measures proved to be outdated or too slow when attempting to regulate the conduct of the Big Tech. As a result, the European Commission ("Commission") has made efforts to rethink and redefine the regulatory framework for digital markets. An example of these efforts is the Digital Markets Act, formally the Regulation (EU) 2022/1925 on contestable and fair markets in the digital sector and amending Directives (EU) 2019/1937 and (EU) 2020/1828 (Digital Markets Act)1 ("DMA"). The DMA aims to contribute to the proper functioning of the internal market by ensuring contestability and fairness for the markets in the digital sector, and fairness for users of core platform services provided by the Big Tech acting as so called “gatekeepers”.

Obligations of the Employers under the Law on Gender Equality

More than a year passed from the moment when the Law on Gender Equality ("Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia", no. 52/2021, "Law") entered into force superseding the old one from 2009. The most important statutory obligations are targeting only employers with more than 50 employees and individuals engaged on out-of-employment basis.

New Instruction for Detecting Bid Rigging in Public Procurement Procedures

During the first half of 2022 The Commission for Protection of Competition of the Republic of Serbia ("Commission") has been very proactive with respect to prevention of competition infringements. As a result of these efforts, in May the Commission also adopted a new Instruction for detecting bid rigging in public procurement procedures ("Instruction") thereby updating the older version of the Instruction from 2011.

Obligatory Electronic Invoicing in Serbia

In May 2021, the Law on Electronic Invoicing (“Law”) was enacted in Serbia. The Law introduces a new concept of electronic invoicing and regulates this matter in a significantly different manner than the previous legislative framework...

What do newly adopted amendments to the law on companies bring to the table?

In November 2021, the Serbian Parliament adopted amendments to the Law on the Registration Procedure before the Business Registers Agency and the Law on Companies which entered into force on 16 November...

Ethics and Business Integrity

Recent years, especially in Serbia and the region, seem to have brought an increasing interest of the business community for matters like compliance, ethics, and more widely, business integrity.

Merger control takes courage: lessons from Illumina’s alleged gun-jumping for the West Balkans

Considering that only around 1-2% of cases notified to competition authorities require closer scrutiny, merger control is typically not considered very intriguing (despite being a nuisance for M&A timetables).

Archiving of paper form documents in an electronic form

Archiving of documents by companies is a topic introduced to the wider public in Serbia at the beginning of 2020. It attracted much attention beginning of this year when the new Law...