The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (“EBRD”) and the World Bank are among the international financial institutions spearheading a 3-billion-euro plan to wean North Macedonia off its reliance on coal. The “Just Energy Transition Investment Program” (JET-P) plan follows the footsteps of several other countries in efforts to retire coal power plants, with the joint support of the government, as well as public lenders and private investors.
Bosnia and Herzegovina (B&H) is located in the so-called "Western Balkans" region, borders the EU, and has an area of 51,209 km2. Its highly favorable geographical location for harnessing energy potentials has positioned B&H as the only country in the surrounding area with a significant surplus in exporting electrical energy. The water potential is represented by a large number of rivers suitable for building hydroelectric power plants, and substantial potential exists in the areas of wind energy (due to the position of the Dinaric mountain range) and solar energy (averaging over 2000 sunny hours per year).
The Hungarian Ministry of Finance published its draft legislation for the implementation of the global minimum tax rules in Hungary for public consultation in October 2023. The package also contained some limited reasoning and impact assessment and stakeholders had one week to comment on the proposal.
In preparation for Expo Belgrade 2027 (hereinafter “Expo”), a specialized international exposition that is scheduled to be held in Belgrade from mid-May to mid-August, 2027, the Government of the Republic of Serbia has decided to provide incentives for new accommodation that will be necessary for hosting the mentioned event.
In order to boost corporate lending and thus increase economic competitiveness, the legislator recently implemented changes to the Hungarian Companies Act. From 1 January 2024, companies will have to provide additional information about the finances of the company in the registration or modification procedures. In this article, we summarize the new rules and the related deadlines.
We're sending off 2023 with the news that by the beginning of next year at the latest we will finally have a new European regulation on artificial intelligence (AI) coming into force within two years (the EU AI Act). On 14 June 2023, the European Parliament approved its negotiating position on the EU AI Act and since then, the talks have begun with EU countries in the Council on the law's final form. The EU AI Act is intended as a fundamental and harmonizing legislative text. But is it really so and what do we read between the lines in the new regulation?
Pursuant to the Presidential Decree on the Increase of the Required Minimum Capital Amount for Joint Stock and Limited Liability Companies numbered 7887 published in the Official Gazette dated 25 November 2023 and numbered 32380 ("Decree"), the required minimum capital amounts set out in the relevant articles of the Turkish Commercial Code numbered 6102 ("TCC") for joint stock and limited liability companies have been increased.
The EU Digital Markets Act (DMA) is meant to make digital markets fairer and more competitive. How DMA does this is simple: the European Commission designates the “gatekeepers” (mostly the big tech companies), imposing on them new obligations such as mandatory interoperability of gatekeeper’s services and preventing the gatekeeper from favoring its products and services against similar services or products offered by third parties on the gatekeeper’s platform.
Due to Polish regulations on takeover offers for publicly traded companies, public to private transactions now carry a heavier risk of failure, understood as the inability to delist the company from the exchange. The bid for shares of TIM S.A., recently extended until 6 December 2023, may be a case in point. Any investor who gets involved in a tender for shares of a listed company needs to ponder the risk that, once the transaction is finalised, they will acquire a controlling stock in a listed company, which may still be subject to a restricted trading regime applicable to public companies for quite some time.