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Five quick lessons from the Belgian Council of State’s first coronavirus judgment (Altius)

Author: William Timmermans (Altius) Publication date: 28/04/2020 This judgment concerns one of the first measures on easing the Belgian lockdown rules. Since Saturday 18 April 2020, a ministerial decree has allowed two additional categories of shops to reopen: garden centres and DIY stores. Two plaintiffs, Andreas Stihl (a company selling

2020-04-29T15:21:34+00:00 30 april 2020|Categories: Gerechtelijk recht|Tags: , |

Reimbursement of medicinal products in times of pandemics and budgetary constraints: why quick fixes do not work (Altius)

Author: Christophe Ronse (Altius) Publication date: 01/04/2020 With national governments scrambling to take measures in order to counter the Covid-19 pandemic, we are again confronted with the fact that a EU common policy in the healthcare field is quasi inexistent. This is equally so in respect of the pricing and reimbursement

2020-04-08T11:35:33+00:00 8 april 2020|Categories: Pharma & lifesciences|Tags: , |

Can a Member State in times of Corona crisis prohibit a pharmaceutical company to deliver certain products (such as testing kits or protective medical gear) to other EU countries? (Altius)

Authors: Hanne Baeyens and Carmen Verdonck (Altius) Publication date: march 2020 With the Corona crisis, countries such as Germany, France and the Czech Republic have already announced bans on exports of protective gear to avoid shortages at their countries. But is this in conformity with the principle of free movement of

2020-03-19T10:07:16+00:00 19 maart 2020|Categories: Pharma & lifesciences|Tags: , |

I am a public contractor and am having difficulties performing a contract because of the coronavirus outbreak (Altius)

Author: Vera Van Thuyne and William Timmermans (Altius) Publication date: 12/03/2020 What if you are a service provider to public authorities, but your employee who normally performs this contract must stay in quarantine? What if your supply chain has been disturbed and prices for a necessary product have skyrocketed? Public contracts

2020-03-14T12:06:17+00:00 14 maart 2020|Categories: Overheidsopdrachten|Tags: , |

Does the coronavirus crisis allow me to rely on ‘hardship’ towards private contract parties? (Altius)

Authors: Fauve Bex, Charlotte Vermeersch and Alexander Hansebout (Altius) Publication date: 12/03/2020 The coronavirus crisis could make the ability of a business to perform pending contracts harder. Even though so-called ‘hardship’ clauses are perfectly valid and enforceable under Belgian law, hardship is not generally accepted as a principle of Belgian contract

2020-03-14T11:52:21+00:00 14 maart 2020|Categories: Handelsrecht|Tags: , |

Is my cancellation clause robust? (Altius)

Authors: Fauve Bex, Charlotte Vermeersch and Alexander Hansebout (Altius) Publication date: 12/03/2020 Service providers generally provide for a cancellation clause in their contracts or general conditions. During the coronavirus crisis such clauses are now being tested. So, are such clauses enforceable? In a B2B relationship, the parties are free to agree on the

2020-03-14T11:48:33+00:00 14 maart 2020|Categories: Handelsrecht|Tags: , |

Coronavirus – Can my bank suspend or terminate my credit lines? What to do? (Altius)

Author: Banking & Finance team (Altius) Publication date: 12/03/2020 Balancing between your bank taking purely business considerations or being reasonable. We advise being proactive and approaching your bank. The Coronavirus is unfortunately a human tragedy that is affecting thousands of people on all continents. It has also a very serious

2020-03-14T11:14:52+00:00 14 maart 2020|Categories: Financieel recht|Tags: , |

Night work in e-commerce in 2020: nothing new under the sun? (Altius)

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

2020-02-25T15:55:53+00:00 26 februari 2020|Categories: Sociaal recht|Tags: , |

The CEPANI 2020 Arbitration Rules: 10 noteworthy changes (Altius)

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,

2020-01-07T14:29:30+00:00 13 januari 2020|Categories: Gerechtelijk recht|Tags: , |

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

2019-12-02T11:31:35+00:00 2 december 2019|Categories: Financieel recht Handelsrecht|Tags: , |