Revision and a look at the future: Unlawful terms

We have already touched upon the fact that, since 1 December 2020, the B2B Act of 4 April 2019 has ensured that consideration is given to the imbalances which may exist between contracting companies (just as in consumer law) and that, for this purpose, provisions have been introduced, among other things, regarding unlawful terms which […]

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RENOVATION OBLIGATION FOR NON-RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS

Since January 1, 2022, a renovation obligation (after transfer of ownership) applies to all non-residential real estate in Flanders. It is hoped that this will drastically reduce the CO2 emissions of all buildings by 2050, and thus give the Flemish Climate Strategy 2050 a helping hand. Figures show that as much as 28% of CO2 emissions […]

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The Labor Deal: Towards A Better Work-Life Balance. But What Does This Mean For The Employer?

Recently, the government has made decisions about a preliminary draft law with numerous labor measures, better known as the “labour deal”. This labor deal is intended to increase the employment rate in Belgium from 71% to 80%. This preliminary draft is currently being submitted to the social partners. The modalities of these measures can therefore still change. […]

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Flemish Government Reaches “Crocus Agreement” And Sticks To Strict Nitrogen Framework

Last night, the Flemish government reached an agreement on the construction shift (or concrete stop) and the nitrogen issue. In the crocus agreement reached, the Flemish government adheres to the stricter nitrogen standards that were introduced in the ministerial instruction of 2 May 2021. In concrete terms, this means that the impact of ammonia emissions […]

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The European Commission Eases Its Position On « Dual Distribution »

Dual distribution refers to the situation whereby a supplier sells goods, not only to its independent distributors, but also (at a downstream-level) directly to end customers (by its own store or online), thereby competing with its independent distributors (who are not active on an upstream-level). A new “Block Exemption Regulation on Vertical Restraints” will enter […]

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UberX: 2.000 drivers without a job after the decision of the Court of Appeal of Brussels?

Since 26 November 2021, around 2.000 drivers and many more passengers will no longer be able to use the app UberX. This was decided by the Brussels Court of Appeal. In the meantime, a temporary emergency ordinance has been approved in view of a later definitive Brussels taxi reform so that the Uber drivers, under […]

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Directors With A Non-Remunerated Corporate Mandate Can Now Be Exempted From The Professional Card Obligation In The Flemish Region

Non-EEA nationals practising self-employed activities in Belgium must apply for a professional card, unless they can benefit from a legal exemption. Since 1 January 2022 a new and simplified application procedure has come into force in the Flemish region.[1] At the same time, the Flemish government has introduced a new exemption: subject to certain requirements being […]

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COVID 19: a game changer

Philippe Termote Insolvency and restructuring From his background as a Belgian bankruptcy receiver, Philippe Termote provides us with his view on distressed companies in Belgium and the trends he forecasts for the end of the COVID pandemic. Businesses across the world faced lockdowns, falling revenues and sales, unpaid bills and new ways of remote working for staff. […]

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