Tags: Energy & Infrastructure

June 25, 2021

FAQ for employers: Installing electric charging stations at an employee’s home residence.

The installation of electric charging station at an employee’s home residence triggers some practical questions, both from an employment and a regulatory perspective. We listed and answered them for you in the below top 10 Q&A.

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April 24, 2021

The Belgian requirement to rely on recognized dockers to perform dock work passes the ECJ test… the recognition procedure of dockers does not

In a long-awaited court ruling, the ECJ confirmed on 11 February 2021 that the Belgian rules on dock work, obliging companies to have only recognised dockers carry out dock work in ports, does not necessarily constitute a violation of the free movement of workers, the freedom of establishment and the freedom to provide services.

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March 16, 2021

Focus on social inspection audits in the construction sector…What to expect in 2021?

Last week, the Social Information and Investigation Service published its 2021 Action Plan revealing the inspection services’ strategy and top priorities for 2021. As over the last few years, the construction sector continues to be highly-targeted. We summarise what you can expect in 2021.

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March 8, 2021

Nitrogen crisis in Flanders? A recent judgment may have serious consequences

On 25 February 2021, the Flemish Council for Permit Disputes annulled a permit for the construction and operation of two large-scale poultry barns. But what does this judgment mean for further economic development in Flanders?

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July 7, 2020

The obligation of prior environmental assessment once again interferes with our energy supply

The Court of Justice has recently decided that Flemish rules establishing a framework for the development consent for wind turbines infringe the EU rules on prior environmental assessment.

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May 21, 2020

Extension of Doel 1 and Doel 2 is illegitimate but our energy supply is safe for now …

On 5 March 2020, the Constitutional Court annulled the extension of Doel 1 and Doel 2 because this extension infringed EU legal provisions concerning environmental assessments.

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March 13, 2020

Flemish wind turbine rules could infringe EU rules on prior environmental assessment

Advocate General Sánchez-Bordona has concluded in a recent legal opinion that several Flemish rules regarding wind turbines infringe the EU rules on prior environmental assessment.

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February 26, 2020

To FIDIC or not to FIDIC? Five pitfalls for contractors to keep in mind

Working on an offshore wind power project in the Atlantic Ocean for the Japanese government but headquartered in Belgium? Flying over from Russia to construct Belgian railways by order of a French company?

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February 11, 2020

Property law and real estate structures finally modernised: Book III of the Belgian Civil Code has been approved!

On 30 January 2020, the new Book III on Goods was approved by the Belgian parliament. What are Book III’s characteristics?

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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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May 14, 2019

Companies beware! New prohibition in Belgium on the abuse of economic dependence

On 21 March 2019, the Federal Belgian Parliament adopted an Act amending the Code of Economic Law regarding abuses of economic dependence, prohibited terms and unfair market practices in B2B relationships.

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April 12, 2019

New mechanism for attracting investments and avoiding future blackouts

On 4 April 2019, the Belgian Parliament approved a Bill on the capacity remuneration mechanism. This system aims to ensure the security of electricity supply after Belgium’s nuclear ‘exit’ and should encourage investments in energy production facilities.

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