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October 19, 2020

Can a parallel importer rebrand generic medicines?

If a branded medicine and its generic version are put on the EEA market by economically-linked undertakings, is a parallel importer then allowed to rebrand and repackage the imported generic version as the branded reference medicine?

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October 14, 2020

Food labelling – National rules on mandatory indication of the country of origin

This is the third decision of the CJEU on the concept of “country of origin” in a (bit more than a) year.

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October 12, 2020

Last call to implement electronic voting and/or voting by letter for Covid-proof social elections

In principle, the decision to vote electronically should have been taken as early as February 2020, at a time when few had ever heard of Covid-19. Companies that did not do so at that time but, as a result of Covid-19, would like to do so now for security reasons or because their staff still (mostly) work from home, have been given the opportunity to still introduce electronic voting. However, they have to reach an agreement on this issue at the latest on day X + 56 (i.e. between 13 and 26 October, depending on the new election date). Voting by letter can also be an option in these Covid-19 times. The deadline for doing so is also day X + 56.

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September 28, 2020

Abuse of economic dependence – How to calculate potential fines?

After some last-minute delays, the Royal Decree of 31 July 2020 has introduced the concept of abuse of economic dependence in Belgium. Following this Royal Decree, the Belgian Competition Authority has now announced how it will calculate fines imposed on undertakings in such cases.

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Prior authorisation requirement for letting property through AirBnB platform is consistent with the Services Directive, says European Court of Justice

The European Court of Justice has decided on 22 September 2020 that national legislation requiring an authorisation or permit for the short-term letting of residential properties is consistent with EU law, given that a housing shortage and shortage of long-term housing rentals constitute ‘an overriding reason relating to the public interest’.

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September 17, 2020

Webinar Video | AI in the workplace

Our employment team discuss AI in the workplace using some videos that show the potential but also the pitfalls of this new technology.

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September 15, 2020

Webinar Video | Lunch & Learn: Life Sciences : Morceaux choisis

Ce webinar porte sur les sciences du vivant et est composé de deux parties: ‘Ecueils et dangers pour la protection de la recherche & du développement dans le secteur du vivant: préceptes de bonne hygiène juridique’ et Vente de produits de produits de santé et de médicaments aux hôpitaux : les points d’attention en droit des marchés publics”.

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September 11, 2020

Online payment authentication requirements further strengthened from 22 September 2020

As part of the second European Payment Services Directive, which entered into force in 2019 and replaced the Payment Services Directive (PSD), new rules have been developed to provide additional protection for customers when making electronic payments.

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August 25, 2020

Covid-19 update: A new record keeping obligation and compliance check for employers and users relying on foreign workers or self-employed individuals in the construction, cleaning, meat, agriculture and horticulture sectors

As part of some new measures that aim to reduce the further spread of the Covid-19 virus, the Belgian government has recently imposed a new record keeping obligation upon certain employers and users who are temporarily relying on foreign employees or self-employed individuals. In-scope employers and users also have to verify whether the foreign employees and self-employed individuals have duly completed the Passenger Locator Form. These new obligations apply from 24 August 2020 until 30 September 2020 (but may be subject to extension).

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August 20, 2020

The new prohibition on abuses of economic dependence enters into force in Belgium

The Belgian Parliament introduced the prohibition on abuse of economic dependence in an Act of March 2019 to protect undertakings that are economically dependent on their suppliers or buyers.

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August 11, 2020

New rules on temporary unemployment as of 1 September 2020: start making preparations now

From 1 September 2020, new rules on temporary unemployment will enter into force.

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July 30, 2020

Understanding payment services

The provision of payment services is a licenced activity in the EU. Payment services providers are regulated by the European Directive (EU) 2015/2366, better known as PSD2.

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