1. In the years 2017 – 2021, KOPHP was the research centre of the grant project APVV-16-0553 “Transformations and innovations of the concept of capital companies in the conditions of globalization”. The regulation of company law is one of the essential determinants of the attractiveness of the business environment and its competitiveness vis-à-vis other economies, especially in today’s globalized world, of which the Slovak Republic is an integral part. The traditional regulation of the law of capital companies and the legal institutes of corporate dogma are fundamentally formulated for an independent, atomistic individual company that does not take into consideration a group component. The Slovak Commercial Code is based on the so-called atomistic model, where a company forms a separate economic unit. This is the basis for the system of the corporate governance, control and protection of the company’s partners and creditors, as well as the correlating legal tools. To achieve the optimality of autonomous and heteronomous regulation, it is essential that the law responds to the current modern national and international corporate reality of polycorporate structures, not only to fulfil the personal effectiveness of the law, but also to achieve overall sustainability of social growth. Therefore, legal science is being increasingly integrated and combined with other types of social regulation, such as market law, design, and social standards, into the regulatory ecosystem.
The aim of the project is, in the context of the indicated starting points, to introduce appropriate regulatory mechanisms based on analysis of the applicability of the traditional legal institutes and systems that are typical of atomistic corporate structure in a polycorporate corporate structure, as well as analysis of both spontaneous and regulated changes in the concept of capital companies in globalized conditions of the EU harmonization efforts. Project with its outputs will set ground for legislative innovation on the analytical basis and the results of the research will be among the activities to be carried out within the framework of legislative changes to reduce the regulatory burden on business and the administrative burden on business.
2. In the years 2018 – 2019, KOPHP was the research centre of the grant project KEGA 086UK-4/2018 “Innovative university textbook in the field of corporate governance and control systems in atomistic and polycorporate structures”. The aim of the project is to develop a modern bilingual (Slovak – English) university textbook, which will transfer the content of the results from scientific research in the field of corporate law concerning corporate governance and control systems with regard to the specificity of these systems in atomistic and polycorporate structures into the educational process. The university textbook should deepen students’ general knowledge of corporate law with a knowledge which is more specific and more detailed and an understanding of broader contexts and doctrinal approaches through the modernization and attractiveness of teaching through practical assignments and an interactive discussion based on the questions raised. The motivating factor for a better understanding of the issue will be analysing it through practical case studies, while the case studies will also develop a related theoretical basis and follow up on practical questions aimed at verifying the understanding of the issue at the focal problematic points.
3. In the years 2016 - 2020, the members of KOPHP were members of the project team of the Horizon 2020 project “Sustainable Market Actors for Responsible Trade”. The project “Sustainable Market Actors for Responsible Trade – SMART” aims to address an urgent global challenge: how to achieve the EU’s development goals and the UN’s sustainable development goals, while addressing global warming as well as the depletion of our planet’s resources.
As stated in the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, EU policies must be in line with the objectives of sustainable development. The aim of the SMART project is to analyse the position of both public and private actors in the EU market, who have a high level of interaction with actors in developing economies. Actors in developing countries do not have a sufficient regulatory environment to influence and stimulate them to make decisions that are environmentally friendly and sustainable.
Based on the above, there is a need for comprehensive research into the regulatory environment in which private as well as public actors and the EU market operate, as regards their interaction with private and public actors in developing countries.
The Slovak Republic is being a reported country within the SMART project mainly in relation to issues of sustainable development in the context of commercial law, company law, financial law, and other areas of law.