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Deferrals of Repayments of Loans and other Credit Instruments
Cechova & Partners, May 2020

COVID-19 Although the first big wave of requests for repayment deferrals of banking and non-banking loans may seem to be over, a further one is likely just to come once some debtors realise the actual effects of COVID-19 crisis on their economic situation and the pandemic time frame for filing the requests for repayment deferrals will start approaching its end...

A New Big Guarantee Scheme for SMEs and Large Enterprises
Cechova & Partners, May 2020

A new BIG GUARANTEE SCHEME was introduced in Slovakia in a form of (i) guarantees for bank loansand (ii) remissions of guarantee premiums as per new Temporary Framework for State aid recently adopted by the European Commission to support the economy in COVID-19 outbreak and via adoption of an amendment (the “Amendment”) to Act No. 67/2020 Coll...

SIH Anti-Corona Guarantee
Cechova & Partners, May 2020

Slovak Investment Holding, a.s. (“SIH”) has launched the SIH Anti-Corona Guarantee as a new financial instrument employing European Structural and Investment Funds to help small and medium-sized enterprises (the “SMEs“) in Slovakia to overcome the financial difficulties and liquidity problems caused by the COVID-19 crisis and to help preserve employment and retain jobs...

Protection against Bankruptcy for Businesses in Slovakia during Corona Crisis
Cechova & Partners, April 2020

The Government of the Slovak Republic approved on 14 April 2020 the draft bill amending Act No. 62/2020 Coll. on certain emergency measures in relation to the spread of dangerous contagious human disease COVID-19 and in the justice, and amendments to certain laws.The bill was passed by the Slovak Parliament on 22 April 2020 and has been published in the Collection of Laws on 25 April 2020.The below regulation on temporary protection of businesses came into force since 12 May 2020...

Deferral of Attachments and Extension of Ban of Enforcement of Pledges and Auctions
Cechova & Partners, April 2020

The Slovak Parliament passed on 22 April 2020 the bill amending Act No. 62/2020 Coll. on certain emergency measures in relation to the spread of dangerous contagious human disease COVID-19 and in the justice, and amendments to certain laws (the “Lex Corona”). The bill of Lex Corona, among others, provides for special rules on deferral of attachments (executions) over properties of natural persons if financially affected by spread of coronavirus...

Regulation on Economic Mobilization Measures
Cechova & Partners, April 2020

On 10 April 2020 was promulgated new Regulation in Slovakia due to economic mobilization measures. The Government Regulation was adopted to announce specific extraordinary regulatory measures and measures concerning civilian duty and material performance in connection with the emergency situation related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Regulation of the Government of the Slovak Republic No. 77/2020 Coll...

Protection of Lessees during the COVID-19 Crisis
Cechova & Partners, April 2020

A draft bill [1] passed preventing lessors of real estate, including flats and non-residential properties, to unilaterally terminate lease due to delay of lessees with payment of rent, including payments for performance usually associated with the lease, which are due during the period between 1 April 2020 and 30 June 2020...

COVID-19 Measures in the Healthcare Sector: Update
Cechova & Partners, April 2020

Since the publication of our legal update on COVID-19 Legal Challenges for Pharmaceutical Companies on 31 March 2020, new important measures were adopted or announced on both national and EU level...

COVID-19: Guarantees for Bank Loans and Loan Interest Bonifications as Financial Aid to SMEs Extraordinary Measures in Financial Market Supervision
Cechova & Partners, April 2020

Guarantees for bank loans and loan interest bonifications were introduced as afinancial aid to small and medium-sized enterprises (“SMEs”) to be provided by the state under Act on certain extraordinary measures in the area of finance in relation to the spread of dangerous contagious human disease COVID-19 that was adopted by the National Council of the Slovak Republic on 2 April 2020 (the “Act”)...

COVID-19: Contributions to Employers and Self-Employed Persons for Maintenance of Employment (Job Positions) During State of Crisis
Cechova & Partners, April 2020

In our previous legal alert we informed that Act on Employment Services[1]was amended so that allowances to maintain job positions and to maintain employees during the emergency situation, state of emergency and state of distress (the “State of Crisis”) can be provided to a broader group of employers compared to the currently available options under the Act on Employment Services...

COVID-19: Deferrals of Banking Loans “Second Aid” to Citizens, Firms and Self-Employed Entrepreneurs
Cechova & Partners, April 2020

Since the beginning of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, the deferrals of loan payments and other payments (such as leasing payments, etc.) have been provided by credit institutions or other financial institutions voluntarily, upon their negotiations with debtors, upon their discretion and within the formal process for approval of deferred payments with a potential future negative effect on the credit score of the debtor...

COVID-19: Expected Amendments to Labour Code
Cechova & Partners, April 2020

The Government of the Slovak Republic approved on 31 March 2020 further draft bills in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic. One of these is also an act amending the Labour Code[1]and other particular laws in the field of employment and social security. You can find a brief summary on this amendment below...

COVID-19: Legal Challenges for Pharmaceutical Companies
Cechova & Partners, March 2020

Pharmaceutical companies are meeting with numerous legal challenges resulting from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the corresponding Government measures. Among the most discussed topics are the legal obligations relating to availability of medicinal products, securing of medicinal products for treatment of patients with COVID-19, control over the distribution channel, clinical trials, and relations with healthcare professionals...

COVID-19: Adoption of New Economic Measures - First Aid to Employees, Firms and Self-Employed Entrepreneurs
Cechova & Partners, March 2020

At a press conference today, on 29 March 2020, representatives of the Government of the Slovak Republic presented the first set of economic measures, the purpose of which is so-calledFirst Aid to Employees, Companies and Self-Employed Entrepreneurs...

Recent Legislative Changes in Social Security and Employment
Cechova & Partners, March 2020

On 25 March 2020 the Slovak parliament approved relevant changes in the field of social security and employment to mitigate the effects of the outbreak of COVID-19. This new piece of legislation shall enter into force very soon immediately upon its publication in the Collection of Laws of the Slovak Republic. Allowance to Maintain Job Positions Already now certain employers may apply with the office for labour, social affairs and family for an allowance to maintain job positions...

Temporary Posting of Workers at the Time of a Pandemic
Cechova & Partners, March 2020

In these difficult times, many employers are facing problems related to low demand for their services and goods and the resulting lack of work to be assigned to their employees.On the other hand, there are also employers which are currently lacking employees (for example, due to the closure of schools, which caused many employees to stay at home with their children or because employees are kept in quarantine etc.)...

COVID-19: Impossibility of Performance
Cechova & Partners, March 2020

In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Government of the Slovak Republic has adopted several restrictive measures which may, in contractual relationships governed by the Civil Code, cause impossibility of t debtor’s performance.[1]In this alert we focus in more detail on the issue of additional impossibility of performance and subsequent cessation of obligation due to the spread of COVID-19 and adoption of the related preventive measures...

COVID-19 - Force Majeure Event
Cechova & Partners, March 2020

With the recent outbreak and spread of COVID-19, businesses may experience several problems, such as absences of employees or disruptions in a supply chain required for their manufacturing or deliveries, which negatively impact their performance under a contract. In this alert we address the question whether negative consequences of COVID 19 could be under Slovak law considered as force majeure events, i.e...

Legal Update: Coronavirus - Questions and Measures in Labour Law Matters
Cechova & Partners, March 2020

In connection with the Coronavirus pandemic the Government of the Slovak Republic declared the state of the extraordinary situation in the Slovak Republic with effects from 12 March 2020 at 6.00 a.m. Further, several protective measures have been adopted by governmental organizations and are being updated or extended on a daily basis, including: closure of all educational facilities (including schools, universities, kindergartens etc...



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