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Germany: How to get Governmental Funding for Digital Health Apps?

The Digital-Supply-Act (Digitale-Versorgung-Gesetz, “DVG”), which aims to further promote digitization in the German health care system, entered into force on 19 December 2019 and regulates, inter alia, the prescription of Digital Health Apps by HCPs (including the cost bearing by statutory health insurance). Patients insured with statutory health funds are eligible for reimbursement of Digital Health Apps. As of this August, prescription for Digital Health Apps will be available, according to statements made by the Federal Ministry of Health at an event of the Health Innovation Hub on 16th July 2020.

Germany: COVID-19 Corporate Legal Guideline

For four months we have been providing you with regular updates on all relevant legal developments regarding the Coronavirus disease in Germany. In the...

Germany: The new German Batteries Act – A tightened regime of registrations and take-back...

What has happened? This July, the German Federal Council approved, with changes, an amendment to the German Batteries Act (Batteriegesetz, "BattG") suggested by the German cabinet. The bill became necessary, as the current German system of battery take-back was no longer sustainable. The legal structure imposed an unfair burden upon GRS Batterien, Europe's largest collection scheme, which became increasingly financially unattractive and was therefore abandoned by many battery manufacturers who set up their own take-back schemes.The new Batteries Act aims to set a level playing field. In addition, it introduces a registration obligation for anyone placing batteries on the German market and it transposes certain new requirements under the amended Waste Framework Directive into German law.

Germany: The decision of the German Federal Court of Justice on cookie consent –...

On May 28, 2020 the German Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof, "BGH") decided on the "Planet49" case regarding cookies (see decision in German here, reference number I ZR 7/16). The decision follows upon the ruling of the Court of Justice of the European Union ("CJEU") of October 1, 2019 (see our publication regarding that ruling). On July 6, 2020 the reasons of the BGH decision have been published and we have summarized those in this client alert.

International: COVID-19 Global guide on public contracting

In light of the global pandemic, governments across the globe are faced with urgent needs whose immediate coverage is a matter of life and death. Hence, these unusual and uncertain times call for rare and exceptional measures, and without much ado, governments around the globe have provided them. Common to all approaches is the will to enable public contractors to procure the urgently needed supplies to save lives and contain the pandemic without major bureaucratic hurdles.

EU Consumer Protection Law Developments – Impact on the TMT Industry Webinar

On Monday 15 June 2020, our Baker McKenzie TMT industry group experts hosted a virtual webinar session on the EU Consumer Protection Law Developments...

FREE WEBINAR – PCI PIN Security Requirements & Applicability

Today with the increase in online transactions, we have also been witnessing a huge spike in cyber crimes. It is therefore essential to secure...

Germany: New EU Rules for Platform Providers

From July 12, 2020 the Regulation (EU) 2019/1150 of the European Parliament and of the Council of June 20, 2019 on promoting fairness and...

Europe: COVID-19 – Recovery & Renewal – EMEA Tax Issues – Employee Benefits

Baker McKenzie's EMEA Tax Practice Group presented an overview on "Employee Benefits", the second in a series of short webinars to keep tax professionals abreast of recent developments in these less than certain times on 9 June 2020.

A Strengthening Partnership – European Union’s New Africa Strategy Amidst COVID-19 Uncertainty

In early March 2020, after COVID-19 had already begun its journey of destruction around the world, the European Commission (Commission) published its Comprehensive Strategy...
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