Author: Astrid Caporali (Altius) Publication date: 17/02/2020 With e-commerce growing at an unprecedented rate all over the globe, in the past few years the Belgian legislator has taken several measures - both temporary and permanent - to make Belgium a more attractive hub for e-commerce activities. Amongst other things, such
Author: Alexander Hansebout (Altius) Publication date: 23/12/2019 CEPANI, the Belgian Center for Arbitration and Mediation, has issued a revised version of its Arbitration Rules (“Rules”). The 2020 Arbitration Rules mark CEPANI’s 50th anniversary and enter into force on 1 January 2020. The general purpose of the revision has been to modernise the Rules,
Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies: can a company be incorporated through contributions consisting of cryptocurrencies? (Altius)
Authors: Pierre Vanholsbeke and Nina Methens (Altius) Publication date: 15/11/2019 The era of cryptocurrencies has come: whilst they were initially used as a specific means of payment and as a source of investments other functions are now being explored, such as the possibility of cryptocurrencies being directly contributed to a
Authors: Philippe De Wulf and Emma Van Caenegem (Altius) Publication date: 12/11/2019 On 7 October 2019, the EU Council approved the Directive on the protection of persons who report breaches of Union law. This Whistleblower Directive seeks to introduce effective whistleblower protection across the various countries within the European Union.
Author: Gerrit Vandendriessche (Altius) Publication date: 04/07/2019 The general data protection regulation (GDPR) just celebrated its first anniversary. Although it seems that EU businesses and individuals are well aware of its existence, some controllers and processors are still not entirely GDPR compliant. Others that already underwent GDPR audit, must realize
Authors: Philippe De Wulf and Esther Soetens (Altius) Publication date: 16/05/2019 In its recent judgment of 14 May 2019, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has held that EU Member States must oblige employers to set up a working time recording system for recording the time worked
Author: Alexander Schillebeeckx (Altius) Publication date: 02/05/2019 On 23 January 2019, the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) issued its Opinion 3/2019 on the interplay between the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR; applying since 25 May 2018) and the Clinical Trials Regulation (CTR; probably applying from 2020). In its Opinion, the EDPB
Author: Vera Van Thuyne (Altius) Publication date: 17/04/2019 On 15 April 2019, the Council of the EU formally adopted a draft directive on certain aspects concerning contracts for the supply of digital content and digital services. This was the last approval necessary in order for the draft directive to be adopted.
Authors: William Timmermans en Dennis Wollants (Altius) Publication date: 12/04/2019 On 4 April 2019, the Belgian Parliament approved a Bill on the capacity remuneration mechanism (‘CRM’). This system aims to ensure the security of electricity supply after Belgium’s nuclear ‘exit’ and should encourage investments in energy production facilities. It will
Author: Jonathan De Landsheere (Altius) Publication date: 14/03/2019 What is distributed ledger technology (“DLT”)? Distributed ledgers (“DLs”), of which blockchains form a subset, are peer-to-peer networks of computers, known as nodes, which both participate in the network and monitor transactions. Every transaction is recorded on each node, generating a platform of