COVID-19 – Suspension of the Deadlines in Administrative Proceedings during the State of Emergency

March 27, 2020

COVID-19 – Suspension of the Deadlines in Administrative Proceedings during the State of Emergency

March 27, 2020

In order to protect the rights of the parties to administrative proceedings, the Government of the Republic of Serbia adopted a Regulation on the Application of Deadlines in Administrative Proceedings during the State of Emergency (“Regulation “), which entered into force on 24 March 2020.

The Regulation refers to the actions of parties in proceedings before the state, regional and local authorities and organizations as well as before institutions, public companies, legal and natural persons entrusted with public authorities. It declares that the parties to the abovementioned proceedings, shall not suffer the consequences of their failure to act within the deadlines provided or determined in the laws governing general administrative procedure or special administrative procedures during the state of emergency.

The Regulation provided the following:

  • Any service of process, i.e. service of briefs and decisions shall be deemed duly served within 15 days from cessation of the state of emergency, in case service was performed during the state of emergency;
  • Any deadline for undertaking administrative activities, and rendering final decisions and decisions upon the legal remedies, shall be deemed expired 30 days following cessation of the state of emergency;
  • Any deadline for filing of the legal remedy to oral administrative decisions related to the suppression of spreading of COVID—19 disease shall be deemed served as of the day of cessation of the state of emergency.

In the procedures for determining, paying, collecting and controlling public revenues of tax and customs payers, the application of this Regulation shall be limited exclusively to deadlines for filing legal remedies against first instance decisions and conclusions made by relevant tax and customs authorities. 

 

 

This text is for informational purposes only and should not be considered legal advice. Should you require any additional information, feel free to contact us.

 

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