The Taxonomy Regulation (EU) 2020/852 (Taxonomy Regulation) already entered into force in Summer 2020, but it was just now (21 April 2021) that the EU Commission approved the first delegated act based on the Taxonomy Regulation, which will enter into force on 1 January 2022. This delegated act contains technical screening criteria for two of the six environmental objectives of the Taxonomy Regulation, namely "climate change mitigation" and "climate change adaption".
In the wake of heavy criticism in recent years, Czech construction law, primarily comprising Construction Act No. 183/2006 Coll., as amended (the “Construction Act”), will (hopefully) have a completely new look from 2023.
Law no. 246/2020 on the use, preservation and protection of soil (“Law 246/2000”) entered into force on 1 January 2021.
With effect from 8 March 2021, the Hungarian government introduced strict coronavirus restrictions according to which all non-essential shops must remain closed and all services, with a few exceptions (e.g. private healthcare services), are suspended.
At the beginning of October 2020, it was announced that Emaar Properties, a property developer headquartered in Dubai, will launch a major investment project in Belarus called the Northern Shore.
The Bulgarian government recently introduced draft legislation on industrial parks (the “Draft”), which is currently being debated in Parliament. The objective of the proposed legislation is to boost the development of industrial parks and encourage investments in industry by introducing various incentives.
With the New Year fast approaching and given that the "statutory deferral" of residential rents – introduced in the spring of 2020 in the wake of the exceptional circumstances triggered by the coronavirus – was due to expire on 31 December 2020, the legislator has now adopted an amendment to the 2nd COVID-19 Judiciary Accompanying Act.
After ten years, the national government has decided to regulate the Airbnb segment more strictly, which could force the hand of many investors and the owners of apartments purchased with the Airbnb model in mind (e.g. compel them to sell their properties).
On 13 October 2020, the Law no. 175/2020 amending and completing the Law No. 17/2014 ("Law 17/2014") on the sale and purchase of agricultural land in Romania located outside a built-up area (in Romanian: extravilan) came into force.
The revenue of the Hungarian construction industry could be as high as HUF 4,000 billion this year, which means that it will fall short of last year’s performance (HUF 4,400 billion) and match the 2018 figure, said László Koji, the Chairman of the Hungarian National Association of Construction Contractors, in a TV interview last Friday.