Tags: Commercial

July 7, 2022

European Commission Unveils Measures to Unleash the Potential of Health Data

The European Commission has presented its Proposal for a Regulation on the European Health Data Space (the “Proposal”). While it aims to strengthen the rights of individuals and unlock data’s potential for research purposes, it also adds complexity to an already extensive legal framework.

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June 21, 2022

The Omnibus Act: more transparency for consumers

On 28 May 2022, the Belgian law transposing EU Directive 2019/2161 into the Code of Economic Law entered into force (the “Omnibus Act”).

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June 2, 2022

Quantum computing: the next major technological revolution is knocking at the door

The coming advent of quantum computing technologies will bring important changes to our society. In the medium term, computing calculation power will be multiplied to a level that exceeds our current understanding. This will allow for various new industrial developments and applications. This will also raise a vast number of sensitive legal issues. In this article, ALTIUS summarises what are the key takeaways that you should know about quantum computing.

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April 6, 2022

Modernisation of consumer law through the harmonisation of contracts for the sale of goods

On 31 March 2022, a legislative Act that makes considerable changes to the sale of consumer goods was published in the Belgian State Gazette.

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February 22, 2021

What is drop-shipping and how does it differ from a market place?

In recent years, the practice of drop-shipping has intensified by taking advantage of the boom in e-commerce.

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December 22, 2020

The Belgian Competition Authority suspects Caudalie of imposing minimum resale prices on its distributors by determining a maximum discount level and of limiting its distributors’ active and passive online sales

Over the last 4 years, the Belgian Competition Authority (“BCA”) has increasingly scrutinised anticompetitive restraints in vertical agreements and assessed these restraints under Article IV.1 of the Belgian Code of Economic Law and Article 101 TFEU.

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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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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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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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July 24, 2020

The Belgian Competition Authority confirms that Belgian merger control rules apply to the creation of loco-regional hospital networks pursuant to the Act of 28 February 2019

Following the recent legislative amendment obliging hospitals to establish and be part of a loco-regional hospital network, the Belgian Competition Authority published on 22 July 2020 a note setting out the principles that will guide it when assessing the establishment of hospital networks and their possible qualification as a concentration under competition law.

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July 10, 2020

Towards new EU rules for preventing packaging waste

The European Commission is collecting data and feedback from stakeholders about the European Union’s current rules on packaging and packaging waste.

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June 9, 2020

The CJEU has clarified the transparency rules on the publication of online flight prices

On 23 April 2020, the Court of Justice of the EU clarified earlier case law that obliges each airline to indicate in its initial online price offer(s), the airfare and, separately, the taxes, charges, surcharges and fees that are unavoidable and foreseeable.

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