Coronavirus updates

Overview of measures

Please find below a summary of coronavirus related measures. It will be regularly updated.

European Commision

Federal measures

Flemish Region and Flemish Community / Walloon Region / Brussels Capital Region - Joint Community Commission / French speaking Community

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European Commission

Measures and issuing authorities Type of measures Legal basis Period Date of publication Link to publication
Regulation implementation -  2020/466 - European Commission Temporary measures to contain risks to human, animal and plant health and animal welfare during certain serious disruptions of Member States’ control systems due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

TFEU

Regulation EU 2017/625

From 1 April 2020 until 1 June 2020 31 March 2020 PDF
Communication – C(2020) 2051 – European Commission Guidelines concerning the exercise of the free movement of workers during COVID-19 outbreak Regulation EC 883/2004   30 March 2020 PDF
Communication – C(2020) 1981 – European Commission Guidance concerning foreign direct investment and free movement of capital from third countries, and the protection of Europe’s strategic assets, ahead of the application of the FDI Screening Regulation. Regulation (EU) 2019/452 (FDI Screening Regulation)   25 March 2020 PDF
Communication COM(2020) 1863 – European Commission (19 March 2020) Temporary Framework for State aid measures to support the economy in the current COVID-19 outbreak of 19 March 2020 Article 107 TFEU  19 March 2020 until 31 December 2020 19 March 2020 PDF
Communication – C(2020) 1830 – European Commission Interpretative Guidelines on EU passenger rights regulations in the context of the developing situation with Covid-19.

Regulation EC 261/2004;

Regulation EC 1371/2007;

Regulation EU 1177/2010;

Regulation EU 181/2011.
  18 March 2020 PDF
Guidelines – C(2020) 1753 – European Commission Guidelines for border management measures to protect health and ensure the availability of goods and essential services. Not mentioned.   16 March 2020 PDF
Communication – COM 52020) 115 – European Commission Temporary restriction on non-essential travel to the EU. Not mentioned. 30 days (until 15 April 2020) 16 March 2020 PDF
Regulation proposal – 2020/0043 (COD) ) European Commission Proposal for a regulation of the EU Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation EU 1303/2013, Regulation EU 1301/2013 and Regulation EU 508/2014 as regards specific measures to mobilise investments in the health care systems of the Member States and in other sectors of their economies in response to the COVID-19-outbreak. Regulation EU 1303/2013, Regulation EU 1301/2013 and Regulation EU 508/2014   13 March 2020 PDF
Regulation proposal – 2020/0042 (COD) – European Commission Proposal for a regulation of the EU Parliament and the Council amending Regulation EEC 95/93 on common rules for the allocation of slots at Community airports.

Regulation EEC 95/93;

Article 100(2) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union
From 1 March 2020 until 30 June 2020. 13 March 2020 PDF
Regulation proposal – 2020/44 (COD) – European Commission Proposal for a regulation of the EU Parliament and of the Council amending Council Regulation EC 2012/2002 in order to provide financial assistance to Member States and countries negotiating their accession to the Union seriously affected by a major public health emergency.

Regulation EC 2012/2002;

Articles 175 and 212 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU).

  13 March 2020 PDF

Communication COM(2020) 112 – European Commission (13 March 2020)

Coordinated economic response to the COVID-19 Outbreak of 13 March 2020

Article 35, 36, 107 TFEU 

13 March 2020

13 March 2020 

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Federal measures

Measures and issuing authorities Type of measures Legal basis Period Date of publication in Belgian State Gazette Link to publication
Royal Decree – Federal Public Service for social security (27 March 2020) Royal Decree concerning the interruption of calendars which determine the delays for the execution of procedures for the modification of the list of reimbursable pharmaceutical specialities and the list of invasive medical implants and devices following the COVID-19 pandemic Act on  compulsory health Care and medical insurance and allowances, coordinated on 14 July 1994 From 13 March 2020 31 March 2020 PDF
Act – Federal Public Service for finance (27 March 2020) Act authorising the King to grant a State guarantee for certain credits in the fight against the consequences of the coronavirus and amending the Act of 25 April 2014 on the status and control of credit institutions and brokerage firms

Article 74 of the Constitution

From 1st April 2020 31 March 2020 PDF
Act authorising the King to take measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19 (II) (1) (27 March 2020) In order to enable Belgium to respond to the coronavirus COVID-19 epidemic or pandemic and cope with its consequences, the King may take certain measures Article 74 of the Constitution. During 3 months, starting from 30 March 2020 30 March 2020 PDF
Act authorising the King to take measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19 (I) (1) (27 March 2020) The King may take measures to adapt the powers, the functioning and the administration of justice, including the time limits laid down by the law, of the Administrative Jurisdiction Division of the Council of State and the administrative courts, in order to guarantee the continuity of the administration of justice and their other missions. Article 78 of the Constitution. During 3 months, starting from 30 March 2020 30 March 2020 PDF
Ministerial Decree amending the Ministerial Decree of 23 March 2020 on special measures in the context of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic on the basis of Book XVIII of the Economic Act Code (27 March 2020) Amendment to ensure that the personal protective equipment is made available to all employees at risk of exposure to the coronavirus

Economic Act Code, articles XVIII.1 and XVIII.2, inserted by the Act of 27 March 2014;

Ministerial Decree of 23 March 2020 on special measures in the context of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic on the basis of Book XVIII of the Economic Act Code;
From 30 March 2020 30 March 2020 PDF
Royal Decree – Federal Agency for Medicines and Health Products (24 March 2020) Royal Decree allowing the Minister to take, under certain conditions, special measures of addressing drug shortages in the context of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic

Article 108 of the Constitution;

Act of 25 March 1964 on medicines.

For 12 months as of 25 March 2020 25 March 2020 PDF
Ministerial Decree amending the Ministerial Decree of 23 March 2020 on urgent measures to limit the spread of the coronavirus COVID – 19 (24 March 2020) Hairdressers, who may receive only one customer at a time in their business and this by appointment, will no longer be considered an exception on the obligated closure

Act of 31 December 1963 on civil protection, article 4;

Act of 5 August 1992 on the police, articles 11 and 42;

Act of 15 May 2007 on civil security, Articles 181, 182 and 187
From 24 March 2020 24 March 2020 PDF
Act amending the Act of 22 December 2016 introducing a bridging right for the benefit of the self-employed and introducing temporary measures under COVID-19 for the benefit of the self-employed (23 March 2020) Self-employed persons, insofar as they are not entitled to a replacement income, are entitled to a financial allowance during this calendar month Article 74 of the Constitution From 1 March 2020 until 30 April 2020 24 March 2020 PDF
Ministerial decree - Minister of Internal Affairs (23 March 2020) General corona measures: businesses, individuals, social distancing, etc. 1963 Civil Protection Act; 1992 Police Act; 2007 Civil Safety Act. 23 March 2020 until 5 April 2020 (included) 23 March 2020 PDF

Ministerial Decree - Federal Public Service Economy (23 March 2020)

Measures regulating the sale of certain medical supplies (e.g. surgical masks, disinfectant wipes for medical use).

The sale of those supplies may be limited to hospitals and patients.

The Economic Law Act.

From 23 March 2020 until 22 June 2020. 23 March 2020 PDF
Ministerial Decree – Federal Public Service for Economy (19 March 2020) Measures regarding the postponing or reimbursement  of different kinds of activities  Article XVIII.1 of the Belgian Economic Act Code 20 March 2020 until 20 June 2020 (3 months) 20 March 2020  PDF 

Royal Decree - Federal Public Service Social Security (18 March 2020)

Decree on the fees adjusted to telephone consultations relating to Covid-19 and on the specific reimbursement of telephone consultations.

Act on Compulsory Health Care and Indemnity Insurance, coordinated on 14 July 1994;

Act of 25 April 1963 on the management of bodies of public interest

From 14 March 2020 until a date to be defined by the Minister 23 March 2020 PDF
Ministerial decree of 18 March 2020 - Minister of Internal Affairs (18 March 2020 - Repealed on 23 March 2020) General corona measures: businesses, individuals, social distancing, etc. 1963 Civil Protection Act; 1992 Police Act; 2007 Civil Safety Act 18 March 2020 until 5 April 2020 (inclusive) 18 March 2020 PDF 
Royal Decree – Federal Public Service for Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment (18 March 2020) Measures relating to the preparation and marketing of hydroalcoholic solutions for hygiene purposes in the fight against the spread of Covid-19

Article 105 Constitution;

Belgian Act of 21 December 1998;

Royal Decree of 4 April 2019.
20 March 2020 until 20 September 2020 (6 months) 20 March 2020   PDF
Royal Decree –Government – Resignation – Nomination (17 March 2020) Resignation and nomination of all ministers except for the Prime Minister Article 96 of the Consitution Duration undefined 18 March 2020 PDF
Royal Decree - Government – Resignation (17 March 2020) The resignation of Mrs. S. WILMES from her office as Prime Minister in charge of Beliris and the Federal Cultural Institutions is not accepted. Article 96 of the Consitution Duration undefined 18 March 2020 PDF
Royal decree - Federal Agency for Medicines and Health Products (17 March 220) The placing on the market, putting into service and use of rapid self-testing for the measurement or detection of SARS-CoV-2 related antibodies is prohibited.

Directive 98/79/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 October 1998 on in vitro diagnostic medical devices, Article 13;

Law of 25 March 1964 on medicinal products, Articles 1bis § 3; and 12septies
6 months beginning the day after the entry into force of this decree 18 March 2020 PDF
Royal Decree - Federal Agency for Medicines and Health Products (17 March 2020) Ban on the sale of coronavirus self-detection tests.

Directive 98/79/CE ;

1964 Act on medecines
6 months as of 18 March 2020 18 March 2020 PDF
Act amending the Act of 26 January 2006 on the holding of a compulsory stock of oil and petroleum products and the creation of an agency to manage part of this stock and amending the Act of 10 June 1997 on the general arrangements for products subject to excise duty, on the holding, movement and monitoring of such products and the Act of 13 July 1976 approving the Agreement on an International Energy Programme and its Annex, drawn up in Paris on 18 November 1974 (15 March 2020) Rules relating to the stockholding of mandatory stocks of crude oil and petroleum products and the establishment of an agency to manage part of these stocks in the event of a particularly urgent situation or local crisis Article 74 of the Constitution. From 1 January 2020 30 March 2020 PDF
Ministerial Decree on urgent measures to limit the spread of the coronavirus COVID - 19. – Erratum (13 March 2020 - Repealed on 18 March 2020) Private and public activities of a cultural, social, festive, folkloric, sporting and recreational nature, school excursions and activities in the framework of youth movements, on and from the national territory and activities of worship services etc. are prohibited Law of 31 December 1963 on civil protection, article 4 Until 3 April 2020 (inclusive) 14 March 2020 PDF

Ministerial Decree - Interior federal public service (13 March 2020)

Ministerial Decree Initiating the Federal Phase for the Coordination and Coordination and Management of the Coronavirus Crisis COVID-19

Royal Decree of 31 January 2003 laying down the emergency plan national level;

Royal Decree of 22 May 2019 on emergency planning municipal and provincial level;

13 March 2020

13 March 2020

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Ministerial Decree – Interior federal public service (13 March 2020 - Repealed on 18 March 2020)

Ministerial Decree on Emergency Measures to Limit the Spread of the Coronavirus Covid-19 (prohibition of activities, religious ceremonies, closing of shops, etc).

1992 Police Act;

2007 Civil Safety Act

13 March 2020 until 3 April 2020 (included)  13 March 2020

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Circular letter no. 681 – Federal Public Service for Strategy and Support (12 March 2020) Additional Coronavirus Pandemic Preparedness and Response Planning Guidelines (COVID-19) for the staff of the services of the Federal Administrative Public Office Article 1 of the Law of 22 July 1993 on certain measures relating to civil service matters Period undefined 13 March 2020 PDF

 

Flemish Region / Flemish Community

Measures and issuing authorities Type of measures Legal basis Period Date of publication in Belgian State Gazette Link to publication
Official Communication of the Flemish Government (27 March 2020) Joint Publication No 03-2020 - Additional measures against the spread of coronavirus   28 March 2020 31 March 2020 PDF 
Decree of the Flemish Government (27 March 2020) Decree of the Flemish Government on the granting of a premium to the student who followed an individual professional training as referred to in Article 90 of the Decree of the Flemish Government of 5 June 2009 on the organisation of employment mediation and professional training

Statute of 7 May 2004 establishing the public-law external privatized agency "Vlaamse Dienst voor Arbeidsbemiddeling en Beroepsopleiding", Article 5, § 1, 3°;

Decree of the Flemish Government of 5 June 2009 on the organisation of employment mediation and professional training.

13 March 2020 31 March 2020 PDF
Decree of the Flemish Government (27 March 2020) Decree of the Flemish Government containing measures for the private and social rental market as a consequence of the measures taken by the National Security Council from 12 March 2020 concerning the coronavirus

Special Act of 8 August 1980 reforming the institutions, Articles 6 and 20;

Book III, Title VIII, Chapter II, Section 2 of the Civil Code;

Statute of 15 July 1997 containing the Flemish Housing Code, Article 91, § 1, second paragraph; 3°;

Flemish Housing Rental Statute, Article 24;

Statute of 20 March 2020 on measures to be taken in the event of a civil emergency with respect to the public health, Article 5.

31 March 2020 31 March 2020 PDF
Decree of the Flemish Government (27 March 2020) Decree of the Flemish Government to derogating from Article 13 and Article 19 of the decree of 16 January 2004 on cemeteries and the funeral services

Statute of 16 January 2004 on cemeteries and funeral services, article 28, second paragraph

From 1st April 2020 31 March 2020 PDF
Decree of the Flemish Government (24 march 2020) Decree of the Flemish Governement on combating negative consequences of the COVID-19 virus for families and childcare providers

Statute of 20 April 2012 on the organisation of childcare for babies and toddlers, Article 6 § 1, 3°, e) and § 5, Article 8 § 1 and § 3, 1°, Article 10, 3° and Article 12, § 1, second paragraph.

From 14 March 2020 31 March 2020 PDF
Ministerial Decree on emergency measures for mobility and public works (24 March 2020) Modalities for postponement in the context of driving training, driving tests, examinations of professional competence and periodic training; modalities for deferral in the context of driving schools; for deferral in the context of the technical inspection of vehicles; for deferral in the context of access to the occupation and access to the market in road passenger and goods transport; for deferral in the context of individually remunerated passenger transport services

Special Act of 8 August 1980 reforming the institutions, Article 20;

Decree of the Flemish Government of 13 March 2020 on emergency measures for mobility and public works, article 3
From 13 March 2020 30 March 2020 PDF
Decree of the Flemish Government implementing Article 5 of the Statute of 20 March 2020 on measures in case of a civil emergency with regard to public health, as regards the single permit (24 March 2020) Extensions, procedural adjustments, etc. of the Statute of 20 March 2020. Decree of 20 March 2020 on measures to be taken in the event of a civil emergency with regard to public health, Article 5 From 24 March 2020 30 March 2020 PDF
Joint communication – Dutch and Flemish maritime navigation authorities (21 March 2020) Communication concerning the measures taken to protect the workers in the maritime sector from the Covid-19. From 22 March 2020, end date not yet determined.   23 March 2020 PDF
Decree of the Flemish Government to grant aid to companies that are obliged to close down as a result of the measures taken by the National Security Council as of 12 March 2020 concerning the coronavirus (20 March 2020) Measure to provide financial support to enterprises which have an establishment in Flanders and are obliged to close down as a result of the corona measures by granting a lump-sum grant and a closure premium. Decree of 16 March 2012 on economic support policies, Article 35 From 14 March 2020 until 13 June 2020 30 March 2020 PDF
Decree – Flemish Government (20 March 2020) Decree establishing a civil emergency with regards to public health, as mentioned in the Statute of 20 March 2020 on measures to be taken in the case of a civil emergency relating to public health

Statute of 20 March 2020 on measures to be taken in the case of a civil emergency relating to public health

As of 20 March 2020 – the civil emergency will last until 17 July 2020 included. 25 March 2020 PDF
Decree – Flemish Government (20 March 2020)

Decree of the Flemish Government on the application of Article 5 of the Statute of 20 March 2020 providing for derogations from the regional permit requirement in the event of a civil emergency with regards to public health, to the Statute of 5 February 2016 on tourist accommodation, and to the Statute of 18 July 2003 on residences and associations operating within the framework

of "Tourism for All" and to their implementing decrees

Article 5 of the Statute of 20 March 2020 derogating from the regional authorization requirement in the event of a civil emergency with regards to public health;

Statute of 5 February 2016 on tourist accommodation;

Statute of 18 July 2003 on residences and associations operating within the framework of "Tourism for All".
As of 20 March 2020 until the last day of civil emergency as determined by the Flemish Government (see above: 17 July 2020 included). 25 March 2020 PDF
Statute on measures to be taken in the event of a civil crisis with regard to public health (1) (20 March 2020) No environmental permit or environmental notification is required during the civil crisis for structures intended to make medicines and medical equipment, or to increase or improve the capacity of health care facilities or research institutions

Article 1(3) of Directive 2011/92/EU on the assessment of the effects of certain public and private projects on the environment;

Flemish Spatial Planning Codex of 15 May 2009;

Statute of 5 April 1995 laying down general provisions on environmental policy
For a period of up to 120 consecutive days, commencing on the starting date determined by the Flemish Government 24 March 2020 PDF
Decree of the Flemish Government amending the Decree of the Flemish Government of 1 March 2002 on the reform of the system of incentives in the private sector and the Decree of the Flemish Government of 3 May 2002 on incentives in the Flemish private social profit sector (18 March 2020) Provision of an incentive bonus for employees employed by companies that experience a substantial decrease in economic activities as a result of the Coronavirus measures

Special Law of 8 August 1980 on the reform of institutions, Article 20, as amended by the Special Law of 16 July 1993;

Reparation law of 22 January 1985 on social provisions, as last amended by the law of 17 May 2019
Until 30 June 2020 24 March 2020 PDF
Ministerial Decree – Flemish Government (18 March 2020) Articles 5, 6 and 7 of the decree of the Flemish Government of 13 March 2020 to take temporary measures to counter the spread of COVID-19 will enter into force on 14 March 2020

Statute of 21 November 2003 on preventive health policy, Articles 7 and 44, § 2;

Decree of the Flemish Government of 13 March 2020 to take temporary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Article 8, second paragraph and Article 9
Until 19 April 2020 20 March 2020 PDF
Decree - Flemish Government (16 March 2020) Reallocation of budget article CB0-1CBG2AB-PR of the expenditure budget of the Flemish Community for the financial year 2020 in view of the urgent need to purchase oral masks as part of a decisive response to the corona crisis

Article 21 of the Statute of 29 March 2019 on the Flemish Public Finance Codex

Statute of 20 December 2019 on the expenditure budget of the Flemish Community for the financial year 2020
  20 March 2020 PDF
Decree – Flemish Government  (15 March 2020) Aid to companies that are forced to close down as a result of COVID-19 Statute  of 16 March 2012 on economic aid policy 14 March 2020 until 13 June 2020 20 March 2020 PDF 
Decree – Flemish Government (13 March 2020) Measures to protect health facilities from the COVID-19 Statute of 21 November 2003 on preventive health policy 13 March 2020 until 4 April 2020 19 March 2020 PDF 
Decree - Flemish Government (13 March 2020) Transport tickets can no longer be paid for with cash Statute of 26 April 2019 on basic accessibility, Article 39, first paragraph Until the end of the emergency measures 18 March 2020 PDF
Decree - Flemish Government (13 March 2020) Decree on the recognition of the Corona crisis and deviating from the guarantee scheme for small, medium and large enterprises. The Flemish Government wants to make the existing instrument of the guarantee scheme more flexible and provide additional support to the enterprises affected.

Statute of 6 February 2004 on a guarantee scheme for small, medium-sized and large undertakings, Article 6

the second Safeguard Decree of 18 February 2005
Duration undefined 18 March 2020 PDF

Decree – Flemish Government (13 March 2020)

Emergency measures for mobility and public works affected by COVID-19

Special law of 8 August 1980 on institutional reforms 

16 March 2020 

18 March 2020

PDF 

Decree - Flemish Government (13 March 2020)

Recognizing the Corona crisis and derogating from the guarantee arrangements for enterprises

Special law of 8 August 1980 on institutional reforms;

Statute of 6 February 2004 regulating guarantees for enterprises

As from 18 March 2020 

18 March 2020

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Walloon Region

Measures and issuing authorities Type of measures Legal basis Period Date of publication in Belgian State Gazette Link to publication
Decree of the Walloon Government amending the Decree of the Walloon Government of 20 March 2020 on the granting of compensatory allowances in the context of measures against the coronavirus COVID-19 (Erratum) Erratum of the Decree of  concerning the granting of compensation in the framework of the measures against the coronavirus COVID-19

Statute of 11 March 2004 on regional incentives for small and medium-sized enterprises, Article 10;

Statute of 15 December 2011 on the organisation of the budget, accounting and reporting of Walloon public administration units
From 14 March 2020 31 March 2020 PDF
Decree of the Walloon Government of Special Powers No 10 on the temporary suspension of certain tax provisions (26 March 2020) Amendments to the Registration, Mortgage and Court Registry Duties Code and amendments to the Income Tax Equivalent to Income Tax Code

Article 39 of the Constitution;

Special Act of 8 August 1980 reforming the institutions, Article 6;

Statute of 17 March 2020 granting special powers to the Walloon Government in the context of the health crisis COVID-19
From 27 March 2020 30 March 2020 PDF
Decree of the Walloon Government amending the Decree of the Walloon Government of 20 March 2020 on the granting of compensatory allowances in the context of measures against the coronavirus COVID-19 Additions concerning the granting of compensation in the framework of the measures against the coronavirus COVID-19

Statute of 11 March 2004 on regional incentives for small and medium-sized enterprises, Article 10;

Statute of 15 December 2011 on the organisation of the budget, accounting and reporting of Walloon public administration units
Undefined 30 March 2020 PDF
Decree of the Walloon Government on emergency technical inspection measures (26 March 2020) Suspension of the organisation of roadworthiness testing of vehicles and measures concerning the extension of the validity of certificates of conformity

Special Act of 8 August 1980 reforming the institutions, as amended, and in particular Article 20 thereof;

Act of 21 June 1985 on the technical requirements to be met by all land transport vehicles, their components and safety accessories
From 18 March 2020 30 March 2020 PDF
Decree of Special Powers No. 9 – Walloon Government (24 March 2020) The permanent office of the CPAS/OCMW has the authority of taking urgent measures without the Social Welfare Council’s authorisation

Statute of 17 March 2020 conferring special powers on the Walloon Government in the context of the coronavirus health crisis

Until 22 April 2020 26 March 2020 PDF
Decree of Special Power No. 8 – Walloon Government (24 March 2020) The Provincial College has the authority of taking urgent measures without the Provincial Council’s authorisation

Statute of 17 March 2020 conferring special powers on the Walloon Government in the context of the coronavirus health crisis

Until 22 April 2020 26 March 2020 PDF
Decree of Special Power No. 7 – Walloon Government (24 March 2020) The board of the CPAS/OCMW will meet through teleconferencing or videoconferencing.

Statute of 17 March 2020 conferring special powers on the Walloon Government in the context of the coronavirus health crisis

Until 22 April 2020 26 March 2020 PDF
Decree of Special Powers No. 6 – Walloon Government (24 March 2020) Provincial and municipal public authorities will meet through teleconferencing or videoconferencing.

Statute of 17 March 2020 conferring special powers on the Walloon Government in the context of the coronavirus health crisis

Until 22 April 2020 26 March 2020 PDF
Ministerial Circular – Minister of Urban Planning Recommendations concerning the application of Decree of Special Powers No. 2, concerning the suspension of mandatory time limits and time limits to enter appeal Decree of Special Powers No. 2 For a renewable period of two times 30 days for one and the same duration 25 March 2020 PDF
Ministerial Circular – Minister-President of the Walloon Government (24 March 2020) Recommendations for contracting authorities concerning public tenders Organisation of public tenders At least until 20 April 2020 23 March 2020 PDF
Decree – Walloon Government Decree on emergency measures in the area of driver training notably suspending driving courses and examinations

Special law of 8 August 1980 on the reform of institutions, Article 20;

Royal Decree of 23 March 1998 on driving licences;

Royal Decree of 11 May 2004 on the conditions for the approval of driving schools for motor vehicles;

Royal Decree of 10 July 2006 on driving licences for category B vehicles;

Royal Decree of 4 May 2007 on driving licences, professional aptitude and continuing training of drivers of vehicles of categories C1, C1+E, C, C+E, D1, D1+E, D, D+E;

Decree of the Walloon Government of 24 May 2018 amending various Decrees on the teaching of the driving and tests relating to the knowledge and ability required to drive vehicles.
As of 16 March 2020. End date undefined. 25 March 2020 PDF
Decree – Walloon Government (20 March 2020) This decree determines the amount of compensatory indemnities granted to certain companies that had to shut down (totally or partially) as a result of the Covid-19.

Statute of 11 March 2004 on regional incentives for small and medium-sized enterprises;

Statute of 15 December 2011 on the organisation of the budget, accounting and reporting of Walloon public administration units;

Statute of 19 December 2019 containing the general expenditure budget of the Walloon Region for the financial year 2020;

Decree of the Walloon Government of 8 June 2017 on the organisation of internal budgetary and accounting controls and audits.
From 14 March 2020 until 21 June 2020. 23 March 2020 PDF

Statute - Walloon Government (19 March 2020)

Distribution system operators shall take all necessary measures to prevent any interruption in the supply of electricity or gas resulting from the use of the prepayment function

Statute of 12 April 2001 on the organisation of the regional electricity market, and in particular Article 33a(2) thereof.

Until 30 June 2020 20 March 2020 PDF 
Decree of Special Powers No. 5 - Walloon Government (18 March 2020) The powers of the Municipal Council as referred to in Article L1122-30 of the Code of Local Democracy and Decentralisation are exercised by the Municipal College for the sole purpose of ensuring the continuity of public services despite the Covid-19 pandemic

Article 39 of the Constitution;

Special law of 8 August 1980 reforming the institutions, and in particular Article 6 thereof;

Statute of 17 March 2020 conferring special powers on the Walloon Government in the context of the coronavirus health crisis;

etc.
For 30 days starting from 18 March 2020 20 March 2020 PDF

Decree of Special Powers No. 3 - Walloon Government (18 March 2020)

The mandatory time limits and periods for lodging appeals established by the Walloon legislation and regulations as a whole or adopted pursuant to them, as well as those established by the laws and royal decrees falling under the powers of the Walloon Region, applicable to nullification judgments shall be suspended from 18 March 2020.

Article 138 of the Constitution;

Special law of 8 August 1980 reforming the institutions, and in particular Article 6 thereof;

Statute of 17 March 2020 conferring special powers on the Walloon Government in the context of the coronavirus health crisis;

etc.
For a renewable period of two times 30 days for one and the same duration 20 March 2020 PDF
Decree of Special Powers No. 2 - Walloon Government (18 March 2020) The mandatory time limits and periods for lodging appeals applicable to nullification judgments established in the joint Walloon legislation and regulations or adopted pursuant thereto, as well as those established in the laws and royal decrees falling under the powers of the Walloon Region, shall be suspended from 18 March 2020.

Article 39 of the Constitution;

Special law of 8 August 1980 reforming the institutions, and in particular Article 6 thereof;

Statute of 17 March 2020 conferring special powers on the Walloon Government in the context of the coronavirus health crisis;

etc.
For a renewable period of two times 30 days for one and the same duration 20 March 2020 PDF
Decree of Special Powers No. 1 - Walloon Government (18 March 2020) Amendment of two articles of the Statute of 19 December 2019 on the general expenditure budget of the Walloon Region for the financial year 2020 in order to make the necessary resources available quickly.

Statute of 15 December 2011 on the organization of the budget, accounting and reporting of the Walloon public administration units;

Statute of 19 December 2019 on the general expenditure budget of the Walloon Region for the financial year 2020, Articles 33 and 34;

etc.
Duration undefined 20 March 2020 PDF
Decree of Special Powers No. 4 – Government Walloon Region (18 March 2020) Decree suspending the execution of administrative and judicial expulsion decisions 

Special law of 8 August 1980 on institutional reforms;

Statute of 17 March 2020 granting special powers to the Walloon Government;

Municipal Act of 24 June 1988
19 March 2020 until 5 April 2020 included  20 March 2020  PDF 
Statute – Walloon Parliament (17 March 2020) Statute conferring special powers on the Walloon Government in the context of the Covid-19 health crisis. The Walloon Government may take all useful measures to prevent and deal with any situation that poses problems in the strict framework of the Covid-19 pandemic and its consequences. Article 138 of the Constitution 3 months from 18 March 2020 18 March 2020 PDF
Statute – Walloon Parliament (17 March 2020) Statute granting special powers to the Walloon Government in the context of the Covid -19 health crisis  Article 138 of the Constitution 3 months 18 March 2020 PDF 

Decree – Government Walloon Region (13 March 2020)

Government Decree Civil Service Provisions in the Context of the Coronavirus Pandemic (homeworking)

Special law of 8 August 1980 on institutional reforms;

Walloon Government Decree of 18 December 2003 on the Walloon Civil Service Code;

Walloon Government Decree of 7 April 2011 on homeworking;

Walloon Government Order of 5 December 2019 on homeworking

13 March 2020 until 3 April 2020

13 March 2020

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French speaking Community

Measures and issuing authorities Type of measures Legal basis Period Date of publication in Belgian State Gazette Link to publication

Statute - Ministry of the French speaking Community (17 March 2020)

Granting special powers to the Government in the context of the Covid health crisis-19 

 

3 months 

20 March 2020 

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Decree - Government of the French speaking Community (13 March 2020)

Distance learning activities will be organized within universities, colleges of higher education, higher art schools and educational institutions for social promotion Health Law of 1 September 1945, article 1, 1° Until 3 April 2020 (inclusive) 17 March 2020 PDF
Decree - Government of the French speaking Community (13 March 2020) The extracurricular activities for childcare during their free time, extracurricular activities, etc. are cancelled Special law of 8 August 1980 on the reform of institutions, Article 5, § 1, I, 8°. Until 3 April 2020 (inclusive) 17 March 2020 PDF

 

Brussels Capital Region - Joint Community Commission

Measures and issuing authorities Type of measures Legal basis Period Date of publication in Belgian State Gazette Link to publication
Decree – Government of the Brussels Metropolitan Region (19 March 2020) Decree extending the winter period 2019-2020 (as regards the interdiction to perform electricity or gas cut in a household)

Statute of 19 July 2001 on the organisation of the market of electricity in the Brussels Metropolitan Region

Statute of 1 April 2004 on the organisation of the market of gas in the Brussels Metropolitan Region

19 March 2020. End date unspecified, but winter period extended until 30 April 2020 included 25 March 2020 PDF
Statute – Joint Community Commission (19 March 2020) Granting special powers to  the United College of the Joint Community Commission in relation with the Covid-19 crisis Art. 135 Constitution  20 March 2020 until either 20 June 2020 or September 2020 (depending on the powers granted)  20 March 2020  PDF 
Statute – Brussels Parliament (19 March 2020) Granting special powers to  the Brussels government in relation with the Covid-19 crisis Art. 39 Constitution  20 March 2020 until either 20 June 2020 or September 2020 (depending on the powers granted)  20 March 2020  PDF 
Ministerial circular – Minister competent for local powers (18 March 2020) Organizational measures relating to decision-making bodies Municipal Act of 24 June 1988 Unspecified  20 March 2020  PDF
Decree - Minister-President of the Brussels-Capital Region (17 March 2020) Prohibition of home evictions 166 Constitution;

Special law of 8 August 1980 on institutional reforms

17 March 2020 until 3 April 2020 (included)  20 March 2020 PDF 

Decree - Minister-President of the Brussels-Capital Region (10 March 2020)

Decree prohibiting gatherings of more than 1,000 people, visits to rest homes and care homes and school trips abroad

166 Constitution;Special law of 8 August 1980 on institutional reforms;1992 Police Act

12 March 2020 until 31 March 2020

12 March 2020

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European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO)

Measures and issuing authorities Type of measures Legal basis Period Date of publication Link to publication

Decision No EX-20-3 of 16 March 2020 – Executive Director

Extension of all procedural deadlines expiring between 9 March 2020 and 30 April 2020, that affect all parties before the EUIPO, to 1 May 2020. 

The extension does not apply to the time limits for appealing decisions of the Boards of Appeal to the General Court.

Article 101(4) of Regulation (EU) 2017/1001 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14 June 2017 on the European Union trade mark (EUTMR) ;

Article 58(4) of Commission Regulation (EC) 2245/2002 of 21 October 2002 implementing Council Regulation (EC) 6/2002 of 12 December 2001 on Community Designs (as amended).                          

Until 30 April 2020 (inclusive)

16 March 2020

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European Patent Office (EPO)

Measures and issuing authorities Type of measures Legal basis Period Date of publication Link to publication

Notice of 15 March 2020

Suspension of all time limits expiring on or after 15 March 2020.

Article 134(2) of the European Patent Convention                

Until 17 April 2020 (inclusive)

15 March 2020;

updated on 17 March 2020

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Belgian Intellectual Property Office

Measures and issuing authorities Type of measures Legal basis Period Date of publication Link to publication

Communication regarding COVID-19 - Belgian Intellectual Property Office

No suspension of the time limits in procedures before the Office with regard to patents, supplementary protection certificates and plant variety rights. However, the Office will consider any requests for extension of time limits as favourably as possible on a case by case basis, where the legislation allows it.

       

Indefinite

23 March 2020

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Benelux Office for Intellectual Property Office (BOIP)

Measures and issuing authorities Type of measures Legal basis Period Date of publication Link to publication

Communication of 20 March 2020 (replacing a previous Communication of 16 March 2020) – Director General

Suspension of all time limits expiring after 15 March 2020.

The suspension does not apply to the time limits for appealing BOIP’s decisions to the Benelux Court of Justice.

Benelux Convention on Intellectual Property (Trade Marks and Designs)          

Until the end of a one-month period starting from the date when it is reasonable for IP professionals and other entrepreneurs in the Benelux countries to be able to work normally again ("BAU date"). BOIP will set the BAU date in due course and communicate it via a new communication from the Director General.

20 March 2020

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