Tags: Commercial

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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May 7, 2020

Belgian federal government restricts the sale of personal protective equipment and medical devices that can be used in the fight against Covid-19 – Updated

On 23 March 2020, a Ministerial Decree on special measures in the context of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic on the basis of Book XVIII of the Code of Economic Law was adopted by the Belgian Minister of Economic Affairs, which restricts both the retail and wholesale distribution of certain types of personal protective equipment, as well as of medical devices used for treating Covid-19 patients.

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May 6, 2020

EC has adopted temporary derogations from certain EU competition rules

On 30 April 2020, the European Commission adopted three implementing regulations allowing temporary derogations from the strict cartel prohibition provided for by EU competition law in three specific agricultural sectors: dairy, potato and live plants and flowers.

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April 16, 2020

Ambitious Europe: the European Commission unveils its policy strategy on Artificial Intelligence

On 19 February 2020, the European Commission released its White Paper on Artificial Intelligence, which sets out policy options on how to achieve the double goal of (1) promoting the update of AI and (2) addressing the risks associated with certain uses of this technology.

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April 9, 2020

Belgium takes measures to avoid medicine shortages during the COVID-19 pandemic

On 8 April 2020, the Belgian federal agency for medicines and health products adopted a consolidated version of its decision taking the following urgent measures for certain listed medicines to avoid medicine shortages during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic.

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March 18, 2020

CJEU clarifies when reverse payment patent settlements can be anticompetitive

In its ruling of 30 January 2020, the Court of Justice of the European Union (‘CJEU’) has clarified for the first time the criteria governing whether a reverse payment settlement agreement concerning a dispute between the holder of a pharmaceutical patent and a manufacturer of generic medicines is contrary to EU competition law.

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March 2, 2020

The DPA approves a draft Act prohibiting life and health insurers from processing health sensor data

The Belgian data protection authority has approved a draft Act that prohibits life and health insurers from processing the health sensor data of their insurance holders.

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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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