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October 28, 2019

Direct lines in Flanders: 5 points of attention

Recently, the VREG started authorizing direct lines for electricity more easily. This brings new opportunities for companies near an electricity production site, such a wind farm or solar park.

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October 25, 2019

Belgian Constitutional Court annuls new export prohibition for full-line wholesalers but new legislative proposals are already put forward

On 17 October 2019, the Belgian Constitutional Court annulled the export prohibition for wholesaler-distributors, which was introduced by Article 3, 2° of the Act concerning the unavailability of medicinal products of 7 April 2019.

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October 24, 2019

New rules in the Walloon Region and their substantial consequences for franchise and commercial lease agreements: do you comply with them?

Since the transfer of the legislative competence for commercial leases from the federal to the regional level, the Walloon legislator has already made use of its new competence by amending the Act of 30 April 1951 on commercial leases in several aspects.

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October 18, 2019

Effect of EU preventive restructuring directive on Belgian insolvency framework

On 31 January 2009 the Belgian Business Continuity Act (BCA) was passed into law. The BCA’sobjective is to protect companies in financial difficulty from their creditors so that a reorganisation process can take place and bankruptcy can be avoided.

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October 14, 2019

Incentives and public procurement in the healthcare sector: be careful what you wish for!

Since the European Court of Justice’s ruling C-300/07 of 11 June 2009, hospitals and other health institutions must abide by public procurement law to the extent that they are at least 50% financed directly by public authorities or indirectly by public insurance schemes.

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September 20, 2019

Towards a harmonised employee status by levelling up… Janssen Pharmaceutica sets an example

Very recently, a major player in the pharmaceutical sector, Janssen Pharmaceutica, has entered into a company CBA with the social partners that provides for full harmonisation between its blue-collar and white-collar employees, by abolishing the blue-collar worker status for all its workers from 1 October 2019.

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September 5, 2019

ALTIUS invests heavily in legal tech

The first development is a scalable GDPR application that combines ALTIUS’ expertise with the LeyQi automation tool

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August 28, 2019

New research exemption under Belgian patent law?

On 19 December 2017, the legislative package on the implementation of the UPC was approved by Belgian Parliament.

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August 5, 2019

European skies are ready for drones. Are you?

The new drone rules are integrated in both an Implementing Act, containing the requirements related to the operation and registration of drones, and a Delegated Act, listing the requirements for CE marking, technical requirements, drone maintenance and third-country operators.

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July 2, 2019

Has the Supreme Court confirmed the NSSO’s position regarding share related benefits granted by a foreign parent company?

Has the Supreme Court confirmed the NSSO’s position regarding share related benefits granted by a foreign parent company?

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May 28, 2019

PSDII: A level playing field in the payment services industry?

The EU adopted the Second Payment Services Directive (PSDII) to level the playing field in the payment services industry by introducing the principle of “open banking”.

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May 24, 2019

Navigating Belgian nightlife: lessons to be learned from the ‘Kompass case’

On 13 March 2019, the Mayor of Ghent decided to close Kompass Klub, which in 2018 was voted the best nightclub in Belgium, because of drug-related incidents.

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