Awards & Deals
- Chambers Europe 2015, Slovakia
"The team provides an extremely good service, with good language skills in English and German."
- Chambers Europe 2015, Slovakia
"We like the team's quick response, flexibility and the strategic thinking it puts into the contracts it develops."
- Chambers Global 2014, Slovakia
"The team is proactive, anticipates issues, and meets deadlines. "
- Chambers Europe 2014, Slovakia
"A go-to firm for banking and corporate work in Slovakia."
- Chambers Europe 2013, Slovakia
"A solid, flexible and experienced team. The lawyers are tough negotiators and able to deliver on short notice."
New Public Procurement Act
The National Council of the Slovak Republic approved the all new Public Procurement Act replacing the existing regulation, which had been amended several times. The new Act is based on newly adopted directives of the European Union that comprehensively regulate the field of public procurement and respond to the trend of pervasive electronisation in public administration.
On January 15, 2014, new European Union directives governing public procurement were approved by the European Parliament with a 24-month transposition period for member states (36 months for central procurement and 54 months for obligatory electronisation). The Slovak Republic fulfilled its transposition duty by the new Act effective from April 18, 2016. The main objectives of the new Act are to promote efficiency and generally speed up the procurement through mandatory electronisation, better flexibility, reduction of administrative difficulties, better access of SMEs to the market and the introduction of greater legal certainty. The new Act introduces new institutes such as a new procurement procedure called innovative partnership, in-house exceptions, direct payments to sub-contractors, joint procurement of contracting authorities, the introduction of legal grounds for withdrawal from contracts and the European Single Procurement Document for the manifestation of the fulfillment of conditions set for candidates during procurement.
The new Regulation shall ensure that citizens have more control over their private information. It will introduce the right to be “forgotten” and thus the deletion of personal data by the service provider, conditions for the expression of consent to the processing of private data which must be provided and expressed clearly and which must allow the concerned person to revoke such consent, the right to transfer personal data to another service provider, and the right to know about the violation of protected personal data and privacy protection policies which must be presented to the customer in a clear and understandable form. The new Regulation also strengthens the enforcement of rules and sanctions which may reach up to 4% of the total global annual turnover of the relevant company for the previous fiscal year.
The new Directive on data transfers for police and judicial use concerns the cross-border transfer of data within the EU and lays down minimum standards for the processing and exchange of data by police and judicial authorities in each member state.
The Regulation will enter into force 20 days after its publication in the EU Official Journal. Its provisions will be directly applicable in all member states two years after this date. Member states will have two years to transpose the provisions of the Directive into national law.