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EU to examine SABAM’s tariffs for festivals and concerts (Altius)

Author: Alexander De Bleeckere and Steffie De Cock (Altius) Publication date: 30/04/2019 Despite its small size, Belgium is a real hotspot for music lovers. It has some world-class concert venues and is the home of countless – some of which are award winning - festivals that cover the entire music spectrum

2019-05-11T14:45:42+00:00 13 mei 2019|Categories: Intellectuele rechten Privacy, IT & IP recht|Tags: , |

Clinical trials and the GDPR: do I really need the participant’s consent? (Altius)

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

2019-05-11T14:39:29+00:00 10 mei 2019|Categories: Medisch recht Privacy recht|Tags: , , |

Consumers to be better protected when concluding online contracts (Altius)

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.

2019-05-04T08:37:16+00:00 6 mei 2019|Categories: Handels- en financieel recht Handelsrecht|Tags: |

New mechanism for attracting investments and avoiding future blackouts (Altius)

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

2019-05-04T08:42:38+00:00 4 mei 2019|Categories: Energierecht Publiek recht|Tags: |

Blockchains and distributed ledgers: law as a factor in DLT structuring (Altius)

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,[1] 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

2019-03-25T19:04:27+00:00 26 maart 2019|Categories: Automation & software Legal innovation|Tags: , |

Blockchain & GDPR : 2 simultaneous buzzwords (Altius)

Author: Louis-Dorsan Jolly (Altius) Publication date: 25/01/2019 Blockchain technology has been receiving a lot of attention over the past few years, and more recently also from legal authors. It has been rightly said that blockchain raises several legal questions, which include its relationship with the GPDR. The GDPR was conceived at

2019-02-19T11:56:10+00:00 22 februari 2019|Categories: Privacy recht Privacy, IT & IP recht|Tags: , , , |

E-procurement in Belgium: Towards a complete automation of public procurement? (Altius)

Author: Vera Van Thuyne (Altius) Publication date: 25/01/2019 Public procurement is one of the fields in which government is rapidly digitalising. Since 18 October 2018, all communication for tenders in which the estimated value of the contract is equal to or higher than the threshold for European publication must take place using

2019-02-19T11:48:55+00:00 20 februari 2019|Categories: Overheidsopdrachten Publiek recht|Tags: , , , |

Legal challenges in the API economy (Altius)

Author: Diederik Arnaut (Altius) Publication date: 25/01/2019 What is an API? On 14 December 2018, the European Banking Authority issued a call for expressions of interest to participate in its working group on Application Programming Interfaces or APIs. The term API is little known to the general public; yet it carries

2019-02-19T12:10:05+00:00 19 februari 2019|Categories: Financieel recht Informaticarecht|Tags: , |

Your salary in bitcoin: reality or Sci-Fi? (Altius)

Author: Esther Soetens (Altius) Publication date: 25/01/2019 Bitcoin, the best-known cryptocurrency operated by a decentralised authority (and so not issued by any bank or government), is very much in the news. As a result, employees sometimes ask their employer to have part of their salary paid out in a cryptocurrency. But

2019-02-19T12:01:35+00:00 19 februari 2019|Categories: Arbeidsrecht Ondernemingsrecht|Tags: , |

Antitrust in Sport: Unauthorised Events, Enforcement without Penalties? (Altius)

Author: Quentin Silvestre (Altius) Publication date: 12/02/2019 One year after the European Commission’s decision (EC) against the International Skating Union (ISU), the Belgian Competition Authority (BCA) has taken a decision against the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI). Both cases have concerned unauthorised events. In both cases the federation agreed to change its