Tags: Real Estate and Regulatory

November 30, 2023

Belgium aims for hospitals to increase their biosimilars uptake

Despite many initiatives by the (former) Minister of Health, the uptake of biosimilars in Belgium has remained rather low. In this blog, we summarise the new rules, which apply since 2 October 2023.

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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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October 1, 2021

How to challenge an award decision in Belgium

Public procurement is all about tendering. And tendering is about winning and… losing. Often, in-house lawyers need urgent advice on how to challenge award decisions. Here are some tips and tricks.

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March 18, 2021

Real Estate Recovery: Bouncing back after the global pandemic

In the Virtual Round Table Series by IR Global, our expert Lieven Peeters joins the discussion on the future of real estate after the global pandemic.

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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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December 23, 2020

Low Emission Zone: what’s in it for Belgian car drivers?

Low emission zones (LEZs) are now a familiar practice in Belgium. However, it is a dynamic tool that is still evolving and poses new standards in the near future. Its implementation in Belgium’s constitutional structure raises some legal issues and its lawfulness is not undisputed either.

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September 28, 2020

Prior authorisation requirement for letting property through AirBnB platform is consistent with the Services Directive, says European Court of Justice

The European Court of Justice has decided on 22 September 2020 that national legislation requiring an authorisation or permit for the short-term letting of residential properties is consistent with EU law, given that a housing shortage and shortage of long-term housing rentals constitute ‘an overriding reason relating to the public interest’.

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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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May 4, 2020

Weathering The Crisis: What Future For Real Estate?

COVID-19 is having a massive impact on the retail sector. How will this develop in the short and long term? What is the future of brick-and-mortar retailers? Will the way we are experiencing shopping be deeply modified?

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April 22, 2020

Belgium adopts Act increasing the transparency of managed entry agreements

On 16 April 2020, a new Act was adopted by the Belgian parliament to increase the transparency of managed entry agreements concluded between pharmaceutical companies and the National Institute for Health and Disability Insurance.

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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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