TSG on the panel “Effects of the Amendments to the Law on Planning and Construction”

In Belgrade, on 23 October, a panel discussion was held at the Hyatt Hotel on the topic:

“What Are the Effects of the Amendments to the Law on Planning and Construction?”


organised by TSG Lawyers Belgrade and the Legal Committee of the German-Serbian Chamber of Commerce (AHK Serbia).

Our partner Predrag Groza had the honour of moderating a panel discussion with the following participants Aleksandra Damnjanović (State Secretary at the Ministry of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure), Miloš Bjelanović (Head of the Department for Second Instance Proceedings at the Republican Geodetic Authority), Goran Andrić (Public Notary, representative of the Serbian Chamber of Notaries), as well as representatives of SOG Law offices in cooperation with Kinstellar, JPM & Partners and Wolf Theiss.

In the first part of the panel discussion, the most recent amendment that came into force was discussed, namely the repeal of the law on the conversion of the right of use into the right of ownership of construction land for a fee. In this way, many legal entities that have been in an inconvenient situation for years will be able to carry out the conversion according to the new procedure and conditions provided by this law. The Secretary of State referred to the establishment of a new authority, the Agency for Spatial Planning and Urbanism, whose establishment is provided for by the law. This agency will be set up at the end of this year and will have a wide range of responsibilities.

The representative of the Cadastre referred to the role of the Cadastre in the conversion process, but also discussed the ways of resolving cases and acting in accordance with the new provisions of the Law, while the public notary Goran Andrić gave his professional review of the new role that will be assigned to public notaries and concerns the release of location information.

In addition, representatives of the law offices gave an expert review of the amendments to the Law on Planning and Construction, talking about the difficulties faced by investors and the impact of this law on them, illegal construction and ways to prevent it, as well as the green agenda.

With the new provisions of the Law, the concepts of green building and energy performance certificates for buildings have been further developed, new institutes have been established, certain responsibilities of state bodies have been delegated and Serbian legislation has been harmonised. In our NL 134 you can read more about the changes that have come into effect.

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