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Schoenherr | Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, European Union, etc. | 5 Nov 2020

European Commission comments on Western Balkan countries' level of harmonisation of antitrust rules

The European Commission recently adopted the 'enlargement package' for 2020, which encompasses reports on candidate and potential candidate countries' progress towards EU accession. The progress reports contain, among other things, an assessment of the level of harmonisation of the Western Balkan countries' national competition laws with EU competition law and practice.
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Schoenherr | Kosovo | 13 Oct 2016

Competition Authority operational after three years

After three years of hiccups, Competition Authority members have been selected and are ready to assume their positions and begin work. Due to the lack of a decision-making body, no decisions have been issued or investigations conducted by the authority since 2013. The authority is one of the youngest of its kind in the region and thus has a significant lack of practice providing guidance on......
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Boga & Associates | Kosovo | 6 Feb 2015

Application of new anti-dumping and countervailing measures

Parliament has adopted the Law on Anti-dumping and Countervailing Measures in order to comply fully with international practice in the field. The new law sets out the rules and procedures for imposing anti-dumping measures on imports that are subject to dumping and countervailing measures to protect local industry and national interests.
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Boga & Associates | Kosovo | 28 Nov 2014

Instructions on determination of travel expenses on imports of goods

The government recently approved Administrative Instruction 4/2014, which defines the travel expenses imposed on transporting imported goods. The instruction aims to avoid the disparity between the import of goods and their clearance at Customs and to establish transport costs. The instruction also sets out specific guidelines and rules for road, maritime, railway and air transport.
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Boga & Associates | Kosovo | 19 Sep 2014

Prevention of money laundering and terrorist financing – important role of Customs

Kosovo has made significant progress on the road to economic development and prosperity. However, it is still an underdeveloped country, rated as a large-scale informal economy. This makes Kosovo vulnerable to corruption and terrorist activity. Law 03/196 sets out the measures and procedures to prevent money laundering and terrorist financing.
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Schoenherr | Kosovo | 11 Sep 2014

Amendments to filing and presumption of dominance thresholds

Amendments to the Competition Act have introduced some significant changes in competition policy, focusing primarily on merger control. The changes include the lowering of the worldwide jurisdictional threshold for a mandatory merger filing and the introduction of a fine for responsible individuals in an infringing company.
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Boga & Associates | Kosovo | 25 Jul 2014

New Law on Economic Zones passed

The Kosovo Parliament recently passed a new Law on Economic Zones, which replaces the previous Law on Economic Zones. Economic zones aim to stimulate and encourage investment, attract private investment, promote economic development, create job opportunities and generate income, and increase competition between businesses.
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Boga & Associates | Kosovo | 25 Apr 2014

Customs measures on protection of IP rights

Parliament has approved the Law on Customs Measures for Protection of IP Rights and its administrative instruction, which determine the procedures and measures that Customs must undertake when goods are suspected of or found to infringe IP rights. This legislation provides the rights and obligations of the rights holder in cases when goods are found to infringe IP rights.
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Boga & Associates | Kosovo | 7 Feb 2014

Examining excise tax

In Kosovo, excise tax is governed by the Customs and Excise Code. It is levied on products released for consumption in Kosovo and is controlled and managed by Customs. Under the code, certain products are exempt from excise tax and certain organisations and entities enjoy relief from such tax.
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Boga & Associates | Kosovo | 8 Nov 2013

Safeguarding imports

The Law on Safeguarding Measures on Imports sets out the principles and procedures relating to the application of safeguarding measures where a product being imported into Kosovo in large quantities may cause or threaten to cause serious damage to local producers of similar or identical goods, or may cause irregularities that could damage the economic status of the relevant sector in Kosovo.
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