The worldwide health alert triggered by coronavirus is generating a great deal of uncertainty among companies, affecting all aspects of their activity. Garrigues offers its clients multidisciplinary teams specializing in all practice areas in the countries in which it operates. Since the crisis took hold, the firm has established a team of professionals responsible for supervising the contents of this Special section, in which we provide information on all legal developments in relation to the coronavirus crisis, on proposals made by social partners, agreements, decisions, orders, etc.; in short, all the relevant information which companies need to be aware of.
The Portuguese Government has approved new extensions of the tax deadlines to comply with VAT obligations, by Order no. 229/2020-XXII, of 24 June, that can may be fulfilled without the application of any penalties:
The stakeholders in international arbitration (arbitral institutions, tribunals, counsel and parties) have responded to the difficulties and challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic by forging a closer cooperation to provide a common response to allow international arbitration to deliver some degree of certainty in a volatile post-corona climate.
The various pieces of legislation published during the state of emergency, together with the statements by registrars and by the CNMV, have created a new exceptional regime governing numerous aspects of commercial companies. With the end of the state of emergency it becomes necessary to analyze the impact that the lifting of the declaration will have on the validity period of the various rules that have been approved.
Andalucía has introduced a new legal regime for tourist accommodation in order to boost a sector that has suffered from the consequences of the pandemic Among the measures adopted, it is worth to highlight the new classification system; recovery of the ‘Grand Luxe’ rating; the possibility to use certain types of establishments, including student residences, temporarily as tourist accommodation; a new definition of tourist accommodation contract; or the inclusion of hostels as hotel establishments.
The Portuguese Government presented a Supplementary Budget Bill for 2020 that includes several tax measures. The Supplementary Budget Bill will now enter a phase of parliamentary discussion to arrive to a final text by 3 of July.
Garrigues has been publishing this newsletter since March 23 in an effort to bring you all the regulatory matters that week in week out required particular attention by companies in every area of business law. Since the state of emergency is about to finish, this will be the last edition of a publication that we hope has served its purpose. From now on, we will continue to keep you informed in our usual formats (Alerts, Commentaries, Viewpoints or Newsletters).
On June 4, 2020, through Resolution nº 41/2020, the Council of Ministers approved the Program for Economic and Social Stabilization (Programa de Estabilização Económica e Social) (“PEES”), with a time horizon up to the end of 2020.