Telecoms and media in Serbia – overview by BDK Advokati

BDK Advokati has once again contributed to Getting the Deal Through Serbia chapter on Telecoms and Media. The chapter in the 2019 edition contains an in-depth legal analysis on telecom and media sectors in the country, authored by partner Bogdan Ivanišević, consultant Pablo Perez Laya and junior associate Zorana Brujić.


In the section dedicated to telecoms sector, authors present the regulatory framework relevant for this industry in Serbia. They particularly focus on Electronic Communications Act as it represents the legal foundation for the sector, but also describe effects that other pieces of legislation have on the telecom industry, such as Personal Data Protection Act and Competition Act.

The article further describes roles and authorities of state bodies relevant for the telecoms industry in Serbia, including  the Government of SerbiaMinistry of Trade, Tourism, and Telecommunications, and the Regulatory Agency for Electronic Communications and Postal Services (RATEL). Authors also analyze other relevant topics, which include licensing regime for telecom operators, structural and functional separation between an operator’s network and service activities, universal service obligations imposed to telecom operators, and other topics.


In the media section, authors introduce Public Information and Media Act and the Electronic Media Act, as the key pieces of the legislation relevant for the sector. They further describe roles which relevant institutions play at the media scene in Serbia, with Ministry of Culture and the Regulatory Authority of Electronic Media (REM) placed under the spotlight. Authors also analyze legal issues related to foreign ownership restrictions in the media sector, licensing requirements for broadcasting media content, and other relevant subjects.

The chapter can be downloaded hereReproduced with permission from Law Business Research Ltd. This article was first published in Getting the Deal Through – Telecoms & Media 2019 (Published: June 2019). For further information please visit