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»AMENDMENTS TO THE WASTE MANAGEMENT ACT
A Bill to Amend and Supplement of the Waste Management Act was promulgated in State Gazette (SG), issue 19 dated 5 March 2021, which introduced a number of amendments in the waste management regime, implementing the requirements of the European Directive 2008/98/EC. This article briefly summarizes some of the more significant amendments.

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»THE 60/40 MEASURE HAS BEEN PROLONGED UNTIL 31 MAY 2021
Decree No. 93/ 18.03.2021 for amendment and supplementation of Decree No. 151/ 2020 of the Councils of Ministers Defining the Requirements and Procedure for Payment of Funds for Preservation of Employment after the Period of the State of Emergency and the Extraordinary Epidemic Situation was promulgated in State Gazette, issue 24 dated 23 March 2021. In our brief article on the matter you will learn about the changes introduced with Decree No. 93/ 18.03.2021.

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»DRAFT OF NEW ORDINANCE ON FOOD SUPPLEMENTS
At the Portal for Public Consultations is published a draft of a new Ordinance on Food Supplements. Public consultations on the draft are opened on 10 March 2021 with deadline for submission of opinions 09 April 2021. Some of the basic moments of the draft are: possibility for simultaneous launch on the market of several supplements with one application to BFSA, registration of internet sellers of food supplements under the order of the Foods Act, change in the obligatory information on the labels, etc. You can read more in the memo below.

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»AMENDMENTS TO THE PROTECTION OF COMPETITION ACT
On 26 February 2021, issue 17 of the State Gazette (SG) published the Act for amendment and supplement (AAS) of the Protection of Competition Act (PCA), which introduced a number of important changes in the Bulgarian competition law regime. The present article briefly summarizes the most significant changes introduced by the Bill.

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»AMENDMENTS TO THE ACT FOR THE MEASURES AND ACTIONS DURING THE STATE OF EMERGENCY AND OVERCOMING OF THE CONSEQUENCES
In State Gazette, issue 14 dated 17 February 2021, Bill for Amendment and Supplementation of the Act for the Measures and Actions During the State of Emergency Declared by Resolution of the Parliament and for Overcoming of the Consequences was promulgated. The present article briefly summarizes the most significant changes introduced by the Bill.

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»INTERPRETATIVE DECISION OF THE SCC ON DIFFERENT HYPOTHESES FOR TERMINATION OF THE EMPLOYMENT CONTRACT BY THE EMPLOYER
On 1 February 2021, the General Assembly of the Civil Chamber of the Supreme Court of Cassation adopted an interpretative decision No 4/2017 on interpretative case No 4/2017, which answered some controversial questions concerning the interpretation of three hypotheses in which the employer may terminate the employee’s employment contract with a notice – in case the worker or employee lacks the capacity for efficient execution of the work, in case the worker or employee does not possess the educational level or professional qualification required for the work executed and upon change of the requirements for execution of the position, if the worker or employee does not satisfy them. In this article will be reviews the solutions that the SCC gives to the controversial issues.

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»THE PROCEDURE FOR FINANCING OF SMALL ENTERPRISES WITH TURNOVER OVER BGN 500,000 IS NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATION
On 22 February 2021, the Managing Authority of Operational Programme Innovation and Competitiveness 2014-2020 opened for application the procedure for selection of projects "Support for small enterprises with turnover over BGN 500,000 for overcoming of the economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic”. The deadline for application is 15 March 2021. This article briefly describes the main parameters of the procedure and how to apply.

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»AMENDMENTS IN THE LEGAL REGULATION ON THE POSTING AND SECONDMENT OF EMPLOYEES WITHIN THE FRAMEWORK OF PROVISION OF SERVICES
In the State Gazette, issue 6 from 21 January 2021, was published Decree No 9 of 15 January 2021 on amendments and supplements of the Ordinance on the rules and procedures for posting and secondment of workers and employees within the framework of provision of services (the Decree). With the amendments adopted by the Decree, in the Bulgarian legislation was successfully implemented, albeit belatedly, Directive 2018/957/EU, which introduced the obligation for introduction in the national legislation of additional rights of the posted employees. In order to transpose the Directive, a brief change was made in the Labour Code, which set the legal framework for further development of the regulation on the posting and secondment of employees in the framework of the provision of services. In this article we will look at the most significant changes in the regime of posting and secondment of employees.

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»WHOLESALERS ARE REMOVED FROM THE CATEGORIES OF OBLIGED ENTITIES UNDER THE MEASURES AGAINST MONEY LAUNDERING ACT
In State Gazette, issue 7 dated 26 January 2021, the Bill to Amend and Supplement the Measures Against Money Laundering Act (MAMLA) was promulgated. According to the provided amendments, the wholesalers no longer be obliged entities under MAMLA. As a result to this amendment, wholesalers will have no obligation to apply the measures for prevention of money laundering provided for in the law.

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»THE 60/40 MEASURE HAS BEEN PROLONGED UNTIL 31 MARCH 2021
Decree of the Council of Ministers No. 416 dated 30 December 2020 was promulgated in State Gazette issue 2/ 08.01.2021. Thus, the 60/40 measure has been prolonged for another three months – from 1 January 2021 until 31 January 2021. Some other changes have also been introduced in the regime of payment of funds for preservation of employment after the period of the state of emergency and extraordinary epidemic situation. You can learn more from our short article on the matter.

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