New restrictions to clinical trials in Serbia The Government of Serbia adopted in the beginning of August amendments to the Rulebook on clinical trials of human medicines ("Rulebook on Clinical Trials"), which entered into force on 12 August 2023. There are two significant changes which negatively affect clinical trials in Serbia. Serbia expands parental rights to childcare and special childcare leaves The National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia has adopted amendments to the Financial Support to Families with Children Act to expand the rights of parents to take leave from work to care for their children. Staff leasing is a permitted practice in Bosnia and Herzegovina despite being unregulated Serbia further relaxes the conditions for foreigners coming to work in Serbia The Serbian parliament has adopted the amendments to the Foreigners Act and Employment of Foreigners Act, which aim to liberalize the conditions for the entry of foreigners into Serbia and shorten the procedures for obtaining residence and work permits. Uber judgment: On human involvement in automated decision-making The recent decision by the Amsterdam Court of Appeals, against Uber, underscores the significance of meaningful human involvement in automated decision-making. The judgment, dated 4 April 2023, provides specifics on what a genuine human involvement should include, in order to ensure lawfulness of the processing. CJEU clarifies in Super Bock RPM is not necessarily a restriction ‘by object’: Will the Serbian competition authority follow suit? Resale Price Maintenance (RPM) continues to be categorized as a hardcore restriction according to the recently updated Vertical Block Exemption Regulation (VBER).

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