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Stable markets and an increase in start-up and tech sector professionals are looking good for Lithuania right now, but there are some standing hurdles within competition regulations that could stifle the free movement and growth of business, according to Cobalt Partner Elijus Burgis.

Feeling the repercussions of global economic issues, Bosnia & Herzegovina finds itself in a more or less usual position in unusual times – with an upcoming general election this fall and swaths of legislative developments seeking to reshuffle the landscape in which lawyers operate, according to Dimitrijevic & Partners Partner Stevan Dimitrijevic.

An important case before the ECJ that could have major legislative implications for Austria, a draft law regulating whistleblowing, and a major data center acquisition – the hottest topics in Austria right now, according to Baker McKenzie Partner Lukas Feiler.

While the economy appears to have been doing better, on the back of infrastructural development, the internal judicial reorganization is leaving Albania in a bit of a bind, according to CMS Partner Besnik Duraj.

Some signs of political instability on the path to European Union accession for North Macedonia, rising inflation, and several interesting upcoming legislative changes are on the ticket for the Balkan country, according to Lalicic & Boskoski Partner Martin Boskoski.

While recent legal updates are causing delays and others are potentially removing positive developments, Allen & Overy Partner Prokop Verner points out that there are reasons to be optimistic, especially if one is to follow the energy and online retail sectors. 

Inflation, currency depreciation, and low foreign currency reserves might lead to early elections in Turkey, but Turunc Partner Kerem Turunc chooses to focus on the positives: the buzz around the startup scene in the country. 

Despite current geopolitical challenges and the related inflation and price hikes, the current situation in Greece is much better compared to the COVID-19 crisis, with increasing interest in the country's hospitality sector, according to Drakopoulos Partner Michalis Kosmopoulos.

All is quiet on the western front for Slovenia – apart from the outcome of the April 2022 parliamentary elections – but concerns over energy, exports, and the potential EU embargo against Russian oil and gas are mounting, according to Karmen Rebesco Law Firm Partner Karmen Rebesco.

The potential EU ban on Russian oil and gas, the Penta Investments split, and the new construction law in Slovakia are currently the major debate, the biggest transaction, and the greatest legal update, respectively, according to Taylor Wessing Partner Jan Lazur.

With the war in Ukraine affecting a number of business sectors, Serbia still manages to have a very vibrant market with a number of important projects being developed primarily in the infrastructure and energy sectors, according to Karanovic & Partners Managing Partner Darko Jovanovic.

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