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On 21 October 2021, the Ukrainian Parliament adopted the Law of Ukraine “On Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of Ukraine Concerning the Development of Biomethane Production” (“Law”), which supplements the Laws of Ukraine “On Alternative Fuels” and “On the Natural Gas Market”2 with new provisions on biomethane treatment. In addition to the introduction of the “biomethane” definition, the Law establishes grounds for the functioning of the biomethane register and the issuance and circulation of the so-called guarantees of origin of biomethane.

On 30 October 2021, the president of Ukraine enacted four decisions of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine imposing personal special economic and other restrictive measures. The Decisions impose extensive sanctions restrictions, including, among others, asset freezes, restriction on the exit of capital from Ukraine, a ban on trade operations and the transit of resources, flights and transportation within the territory of Ukraine, and the suspension of the performance of economic and financial obligations, etc., upon legal entities and individuals involved in various activities.

Belarus-related sanctions restrictions were recently introduced by the United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom, Canada, Switzerland and Ukraine. The objective of newly introduced sanctions is to mount international pressure against the current oppressive regime in Belarus by preventing international companies from doing business in selected economic sectors of this country.

On 30 June 2021, Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted a new payment services law. The law seeks to: (i) remove certain regulatory barriers for entering the Ukrainian payment services market, and (ii) implement certain European Union laws applicable to the payment services, such as Directive 2015/2366 (PSD2) and Directive 2009/110/EC (Second E-Money Directive). The law came into force on 1 August 2021 and provides the stakeholders with 12 months to prepare for the launch of the new payment services market. The law may affect many business models in payment services business which were previously essentially unregulated.

On Monday, 26 July, the Ukrainian president enacted a decision of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC), which imposed economic sanctions against six individuals and ten entities, including three non-profit organizations related to the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic.

On 15 June 2021, the Parliament of Ukraine adopted a law commonly referred to as the Tax Amnesty Law1 (“Law”), which introduces voluntary disclosure program with respect to unreported taxable income and assets. On 21 July 2021, the Law entered into force. By its terms, the tax amnesty will be available from 1 September 2021.