“One of the key questions in Croatia right now is the upcoming parliamentary elections,” begins Mate Lovric, Partner at Lovric Novokmet Smrcek. “They will either occur in July or sometime this fall (although July seems more likely). The current government would prefer them to be earlier, when the memory of successful measures against the COVID-19 crisis is still fresh, while the opposition would like to see them as late as possible, of course.”
In The Corner Office feature of CEE Legal Matters we ask Managing Partners at leading law firms across Central and Eastern Europe about their unique roles and responsibilities. In light of current events, the question for this online occurrence of the feature is: "What have been the top three most often asked COVID-19 related questions that you have gotten from clients in the last month?”
In The Corner Office feature of CEE Legal Matters we ask Managing Partners at leading law firms across Central and Eastern Europe about their unique roles and responsibilities. In light of current events, the question for this online occurrence of the feature is: "How are you managing your team working remotely during this challenging period?"
On 14 March 2020, the Croatian Ministry of Justice issued recommendations to prevent the transmission of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and control the pandemic ("Measures"). The Measures are applicable until 1 April 2020. The Measures advise temporary adjustments to legal requirements in civil, insolvency and criminal procedure law to avoid hardship that would otherwise arise as a result of the coronavirus crisis.
”The most important things coming up in Croatia are the HDZ's intra-party elections,” says Damir Topic, Senior Partner at Divjak Topic Bahtijarevic in Zagreb, of the ruling party. “Mid-March will see these elections concluded and we’ll see which direction the party will take.“ Former Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, a member of HDZ, lost her bid for re-election in December, 2019 and stepped down on February 18 of this year According to Topic, “the right-wing of the party argues this is due to Grabar-Kitarovic taking a mellow stance (which apparently stems from the 'pro-liberal' orientation of current party’s leaders), which lost her the support of some of the more right-wing parts of the electorate.“