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Currently, an increasing number of companies is confronted with considerable claims for re-payment of subsidies granted by the LMS for phase I of the Corona short-time work model. The approach of the LMS makes the impression that it intends to take advantage of self-caused legal uncertainties to the clear disadvantage of these companies. Thus, companies should refrain from making premature re-payments. 

This is the fifth in a series of guidance notes on what the ‘Schrems II’ decision means for companies that rely on EU-U.S. Privacy Shield, controller-to-processor standard contractual clauses, SCCs for transfers to controllers, derogations/exceptions to transfer restrictions, and binding corporate rules, as well as what ‘Schrems II’ means for Brexit and what companies can expect with the road ahead on these issues.

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.

In brief The current climate surrounding the COVID-19 crisis requires a significant level of flexibility in contractual relationships. To provide flexibility, the public procurement process has been accelerated to help reduce deadlines for submission request. Permitting direct awards and providing a range of options available to contracting authorities. Contents Accelerating…