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The Dawn of Dawn Raids or the Twilight of Due Process in Serbia?

During the last ten days of May 2017, the Serbian competition authority has hastily opened an unprecedented number of investigations. Simultaneously, the authority announced a push for a complete revamp of the competition act. Reviewing these developments through the lens of the New Administrative Act, which came into force on 1 June 2017, a strong argument can be made that behind these actions is a desire to circumvent the robust due process and human rights safeguards introduced by the New Administrative Act and guaranteed under the ECHR and the Serbian Constitution.

Frikom, Leading Ice-cream Manufacturer, Under the Loupe of Serbia’s Commission for Protection of Competition for the Second Time

On 29 May 2017, the Serbian Competition Commission initiated ex officio proceedings for the alleged abuse of dominance against Frikom, the largest producer of frozen food in Serbia. The day following the initiation of proceedings, a dawn raid at Frikom's business premises was carried out.

Amendments to the Serbian Criminal Code: Restrictive Agreements

One of the amendments to the Serbian Criminal Code (the Code) that will take effect on 1 March 2018 is a new criminal offence for restrictive agreements.

Thresholds for Merger Control in Serbia – a Treasure Island of False Positives?

The Serbian 2009 Protection of Competition Act (as amended in 2013) provides for rather low merger control thresholds, compared both to EU law and countries in the region. Thresholds set this low can (and usually do) result in excessive merger control which eventually brings more harm than good to market competition. In order to put an end to this, a change in decisional practice and/or legislative change in regards to this important aspect of merger control is required.

New EU Data Protection Rules – Should Serbian Companies Be Worried?

The new EU data protection framework, set to come into force on May 24, 2018 in the form of the General Data Protection Regulation is directly binding in all Member States, however its scope goes beyond the boundaries of the EU – affecting foreign companies that deal with personal data of EU citizens. 

The Dawn of Dawn Raids or the Twilight of Due Process in Serbia?

In the last 10 days of May 2017, the Commission for Protection of Competition of the Republic of Serbia has decided to roll up its sleeves and put a number of companies suspected of committing competition violations on its conveyor belt. Unusually high number of unannounced inspections –

Tatjana Sofijanić

Associate

Tatjana Sofijanić is an associate at Gecić Law.

Prior to joining the firm, Tatjana completed an internship at the enforcement office under the mentorship of private enforcer Marina Antonić.  During the course of her studies, she took part in numerous study groups at the Faculty of Law, as well as various law seminars and conferences, most notably in the area of Commercial Law, Arbitration, Human Rights and Theory and Philosophy of Law.  In October 2014, she participated as one of the commentators in the Student Conference ”Human Rights in Theory and Practice“ at the Faculty of Law in Belgrade.  Tatjana was awarded a scholarship from the Dositej fund for the best students in Serbia by the Ministry of Education Republic of Serbia in 2013/14 and 2014/2015, and the University of Belgrade Endowment Scholarship in 2012, 2013 and 2014.  During her master studies, Tatjana was a member of the team which won first place at the All-Munich Rounds, a preparatory tournament to the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, and was awarded with an Honorable Mention for the Pieter Sanders Award for Best Memorandum for Claimant. In the final rounds held in Vienna, she appeared as one of the speakers to represent the team.

Tatjana earned her LL.B at the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Law, as one of the best students of her generation.  She is currently pursuing an LL.M. in International Business Law at the same faculty and simultaneously, an LL.M in Globalization and Law at the Faculty of Law, Maastricht University, under a full scholarship.  She is fluent in English, Bosnian, Croatian, Montenegrin and Serbian.

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