The appearance of the coronavirus has created uncertainty in people and a demand for information. With legal updates and a FAQ section we aim to provide information about certain legal aspects around the coronavirus and to provide guidance and support to you.

Frequently Asked Questions Answered

For frequently asked questions, we have created a dedicated area to find answers. Browse through the Q&As (in German) – which we constantly update!

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Ongoing Legal Updates

Submissions, deadlines and meetings with competition authorities
Find an overview of the impact of COVID-19 on submissions, deadlines and meetings with competition authorities in CEE that will be updated regularly here.

Gold rush with disinfectants
Unbelievable but true – due to the outbreak of COVID-19, hand and surface disinfectants are currently hardly available anywhere in the shops. Where they are made available they mysteriously disappear. Pharmacies are therefore offering self-produced disinfectants at considerable prices. The idea of expanding the business model a little thus naturally presents itself. But before entering the disinfectants business, it is important to consider the legal framework. Read on here.

Export bans for medicinal products
On 1 April 2020, the Ordinance on Ensuring the Supply of Medicinal Products (Verordnung über die Sicherstellung der Arzneimittelversorgung, "AMVS-VO" or the "Ordinance") will enter into force. Although COVID-19 was not the reason for issuing the Ordinance, the effects of the coronavirus pandemic could quickly become the first major case of application of the AMVS-VO. Read on here.

E-healthcare and telehealth become vital to tackling COVID-19 in CEE
How adequate is the current legislation in CEE? Are emergency aid legislative packages needed? We asked our specialists in Austria, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Poland and Romania how their local laws regulate the distribution of health-related services via electronic and telecommunication technologies. Read on here.

Czech Republic: Coronavirus from the employer's perspective

With regard to the current situation related to coronavirus, we provide information on (i) the latest measures adopted by the Czech authorities, (ii) recommended prevention, (iii) possible measures to be taken by employers, and (iv) where to find relevant information provided by public authorities. Read on here.

Austria: Coronavirus and taxes

Due to the measures taken by the Austrian government in connection with the outbreak of the corona virus which has now affected Austria (e.g. home quarantine, cancellation of events, closure of shops/restaurants), liquidity shortages and payment difficulties for businesses seem more likely. Accordingly, the Austrian Ministry of Finance has taken measures. Read on here.

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