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September 5, 2023

The Belgian Competition Authority has declared itself competent to examine mergers and acquisitions between hospitals under its merger control regime, following the Act of 29 March 2021

A lot of uncertainty has existed about the requirement for hospitals to notify M&A transactions to the Belgian Competition Authority (“BCA”). On 28 June 2023, the BCA decided to partially lift the stand-still obligation regarding a concentration between two hospitals, and it further clarified the applicable rules in a follow-up Communication of 14 July 2023.

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August 22, 2023

New insolvency landscape on the horizon: more options for companies to reorganise and restructure

Belgium had accumulated a significant legislative backlog within insolvency law. The European Directive 2019/1023 on restructuring had to be transposed into national law by the member states by 17 July 2022 at the latest. The Belgian government did not submit a draft bill to this effect until 20 March 2023. This draft has since been voted into law and will enter into force on 1 September 2023.

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August 17, 2023

Help! The social elections 2024 are close now… so be fully prepared!

The next Social Elections will take place between 13 and 26 May 2024. If this period still seems far away, then a first set of written information should already be provided to the representative bodies and to the employees by as early as mid-December 2023 as a first step in the election procedure.

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The fight against social dumping: the Flemish government optimises contractor chain responsibility schemes in case of illegal employment

In the aftermath of some highly-publicised social dumping cases in the media, the Flemish government has proposed a zero tolerance policy for bogus posting set-ups involving illegal employment, especially if they involve exploitation and “smart” contractor chain constructions.

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July 3, 2023

WEBINAR VIDEO | The New EU Deforestation Regulation: Stay Compliant, Succeed Sustainably

In this Life Sciences session, the experts from our agri-food law team Philippe de Jong and Bart Junior Bollen provided valuable insights into the Regulation’s implications and equiped businesses with the necessary knowledge to ensure compliance in this evolving landscape.

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June 26, 2023

Belgian Supreme Court rules on the consequences for commercial lease agreements of the lock-downs during the COVID-19 pandemic

The Supreme Court (“Hof van Cassatie/Court of Cassation”) overruled on 26 May 2023 a decision that determined that Article 1722 (old) Civil Code (a partial or total “destruction” of the leased premises) does not apply for the tenant that can not operate its premises due to the measures taken by the Belgian Government in order to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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June 19, 2023

Psychosocial risks and discrimination at work: a ‘wind of change’ since 1 June 2023!

The rules governing discrimination and psychosocial risks at work have been revised to bring them in line with European legislation and the European Court of Justice’s recent case law.

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June 16, 2023

Hi ChatGPT, how do you feel about the upcoming EU AI Act?

On 14 June 2023, the European Parliament adopted its positionon the draft AI Act, which brings one step closer an EU regulation for generative AI and other AI systems. This blog gives the highlights of the current draft text, taking into account the newest amendments that have been proposed.

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June 14, 2023

Belgian Medicines Agency announces stricter monitoring of negative formulations on medicines packaging

On 17 May 2023, the Belgian Medicines Agency (FAMHP) announced that marketing authorisation holders (MAHs) have three years to comply with the prohibition of “negative formulations” on the packaging of medicinal products for human use.

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June 7, 2023

WEBINAR VIDEO | Digital Law Series #20: Keeping up with GDPR

During this session, our data protection experts Jan Clinck and Pierre Antoine address different topics to keep you up to date with the recent GDPR developments!

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June 2, 2023

CJEU interprets the concept of a global MA strictly

On 16 March 2023, in Joined Cases C‑438/21 P to C‑440/21 P, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) interpreted the concept of a ‘global marketing authorisation’. It held that Article 6(1) of Directive 2001/83 (the Community Code) sets out exhaustively the line extensions for which the marketing authorisations (MAs) will fall under the same global MA as the initial MA.

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May 30, 2023

Language(s) before the UPC Belgian Local Division

This morning, on 30 May 2023, Belgium’s declaration regarding the language(s) of the proceedings before the Belgian Local Division was published in the Belgian State Gazette. We have inserted a link at the end of this blog to the relevant page of the Belgian State Gazette. Here are the key take-aways. 

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