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Belgian authorities have recently adopted guidelines on the use of the term ‘artisanal’ and its derivatives in the names of products. The guidelines apply to all food and non-food products marketed in Belgium unless other rules apply. Food business operators which are not established in Belgium but operate on the Belgian market are also required by Belgian authorities to adhere to the guidelines. When a product can be called ‘artisanal’?…...

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On 21 November 2017, the European Commission has published the Commission Notice on the application of the principle of quantitative ingredients declaration (QUID) which provides further guidance on the obligation to indicate the quantity of ingredients required by Regulation 1169/2011 on the provision of food information to consumers. The Notice replaces and complements the guidelines on QUID adopted in 1998 under Directive 79/112/EEC. Obligation to indicate QUID According to the…...

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Reform of the Belgian Privacy Commission The General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679 creates a new privacy regime immediately applicable across the EU as from 25 May 2018. Under the GDPR, national supervisory authorities will have a strengthened role and increased enforcement powers. In order to meet GDPR requirements, the Belgian legislator has adopted a law reforming the current Belgian Privacy Commission. The law was submitted in the Chamber of…...

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Royal VAT Decree n° 57 has been replaced by a new Royal VAT Decree n° 57 aiming to simplify the VAT treatment of B2B freight (and related) services in cases where the transport takes place (partially) outside the EU or where the customer is not established in the EU. It entered into force on 23 November 2017. Under the old Royal VAT Decree n° 57 freight (and related) services that…...

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The Belgian Government proposes legislation to outlaw “platform parity clauses” in the hotel sector. On 23 November 2017, the Belgian Government proposed draft legislation to outlaw so-called “platform parity clauses” in the hotel sector. Price parity clauses, sometimes also referred to as ‘most favourite nation clauses’, have become more and more important in contracts between online platforms (e.g. price comparison websites, online booking websites and e-markets) and the companies which…...

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Over the past few years the scope of the Belgian VAT exemption for the management of investment funds has been modified several times following multiple changes in the European and Belgian regulatory framework of funds (Art. 44, §3, 11° Belgian VAT Code). In the most recent change of the wording the VAT exemption was modified so that the management of collective investment funds as defined in the Act of 19…...

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Christian Chéruy in the article "Les investisseurs n'ont pas oublié les 540 jours sans gouvernement" in l'Echo, 26 October 2016...

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Kris De Schutter in the article 'Oudere sollicitant kan clichés pareren' in De Tijd, 4 June 2016....

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At Loyens & Loeff, in addition to our practice groups, we are also organized in multidisciplinary teams. There, our specialist attorneys combine their respective expertise and experience. They interact with each other and cross their knowledge to come up with round solutions. They also further deepen their market knowledge so as to provide pragmatic advice fitting their clients’ business reality. Our attorneys like to share their expertise. This is why…...

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Louis-Hubert Pacco in Trends Tendances, 12 May 2016....

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Saskia Lust and Stéphanie Markey contributed to NederBelgisch Magazine, 1 February 2016, p.54...

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In our Newsflash of 14 December 2015, we announced that the Belgian federal government was planning to introduce a speculation-tax. This speculation-tax has been introduced by a law of 26 December 2015. In principle, it covers capital gains realized on the resale of quoted shares, options, warrants and other financial instruments within six months of the date of their acquisition (as from 1 January 2016). Essentially, the final law is…...

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Kris De Schutter in the article 'Outplacement: wat verandert er op 1 januari 2016?' in De Tijd Connect, 4 February 2016....

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Kris De Schutter in the article 'Fransen mogen niet langer de baas ongestraft gijzelen' in De Tijd, 14 January 2016, p.17....

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Louis-Hubert Pacco in the article 'Outplacement: Du neuf depuis le 1er janvier 2016' in Trends Tendances, 7 January 2016, p.76....

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Interview van Kris De Schutter in artikel van Ellen Cleeren en Lukas Vanacker , AA Gent schorst schofferende aanvaller in De Tijd, 22 december 2015, blz.2....

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Stéphanie De Smedt published the country report ‘Belgium: The New Data Protection Hub?’ in the European Data Protection Law review 3/2015 . Click here to download the PDF version....

Interview of Kris De Schutter in the article 'Het einde van de overgangsregeling / La fin du régime transitoire' in Workforce of De Tijd and L'Echo, 27 November 2015....

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Caroline Docclo in the article 'Le branding des impôts' in La Libre Belgique, 7 November 2015  ...

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Marga Caproni in the article "Oui, vous pouvez être licencié à cause d'un post Facebook" at Jobat.be, 6 November 2015...

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B. Gevers, De gezondheidstaks: (voorlopig) geen crashdieet, 21 October 2015 on the website Gondola.be Click here to read the article.  ...

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Kris De Schutter in the article "Bonden tegen rechtspersoonlijkheid uit vrees financieel uitgekleed te worden" in De Tijd, 28 October 2015, p8...

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Laurent Mertens et Florès Jiang dans l'article "Mon dentist semble realiser plus d'opérations immobilières qu'il ne soigne de caries" dans Trends/Tendances 15 octobre 2015, p. 84....

B. Gevers and J. Vankerckhoven contributed to 'Brokering services for strategic goods: guidance from a Benelux perspective'  of the WorldECR issue 42, July/August 2015. For the PDF version, click here....

Interview of  Kris De Schutter and Louis-Hubert Pacco in the article of Mate Holvoet and Jean-Paul Erhard, in peoplesphere, N°196, June 2015. Click here to read the article in Dutch. Click here to read the article in French....

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On 17th July 2014, the Belgian legislator adopted a Royal Decree establishing provisions for the declaration of certain substances or products causing allergies or intolerances as regards non-pre-packed food. A. Mahy, C. van Hoeck, Declaration of Allergen Non-Prepacked Foods in Belgium, European Food and Feed Law Review 2/2015, Lexxion, p. 141-143 To order this issue of the EFFL, click here...

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K. De Schutter, "Remuneratie in de Bankenwet", in Forum Financier, Droit Bancaire et Financier 2015, I - II, Larcier, p. 110-121...

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Thomas Chellingsworth and Christine Delagaye contributed the MER, Jan-Feb-Mar 2015 Edition with their article Hernieuwbare energie in een maalstroom van staatssteuncriteria: Groene stroom in de slagschaduw van "Vent De Colère!"...

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Article by Natalie Reypens and Rogier Sterk in CFO - Q1 2015 To read the article, click here...

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Laurent Donnay de Casteau contributed to the chapter "Benelux: chronique de l'année 2014" in Revue de Droit Fiscal n°9 issued on 26 February, 2015 For the PDF version of the exclusive chapter, click here...

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Yvan Stempnierwsky, author of "IFRS 15 Produits des activités ordinaires tirés des contrats avec les clients : une nouvelle norme internationale pour la comptabilisation et l'évaluation du chiffre d'affaires", in Actualités comptables, March 2015 Yvan Stempnierwsky, « IFRS 15 Produits des activités ordinaires tirés des contrats avec les clients : une nouvelle norme internationale pour la comptabilisation et l’évaluation du chiffre d’affaires », Actualités comptables, mars 2015....

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Yvan Stempnierwsky contributed to the chapter "Comptabilité" of the ACE Comptabilité, fiscalité, audit, droit des affaires au Luxembourg of February 2015. Yvan Stempnierwsky, « Les extraits de la base de données de l’EECS : une source de doctrine particulièrement autorisée pour l’application appropriée et cohérente des normes IFRS ! », ACE Comptabilité, fiscalité, audit, droit des affaires au Luxembourg, Wolters Kluwer, Belgium, 2015/2, pp.8-17...

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Saut d'index et norme salariale : quel impact pour le travailleur ? Louis-Hubert Pacco in Trends Tendances, 19 February 2015, p. 80. To download the article click here...

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SABAM vs. Tomorrowland: maakt SABAM (opnieuw) misbruik van haar machtspositie?...

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Transfer pricing extra kosten en meer discussies...

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In our VAT newsflash of 27 November 2014, we informed you that, as of 1 January 2015, legal entities would no longer be able to choose whether their services as directors, administrators or liquidators of a company, should or should not be subject to VAT. As from that date, legal entities would be required to apply VAT to such services under the new Belgian administrative decision n° ET 125.180 dd.…...

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“Le mystère belge de la translucidité des SCI françaises”, note under Ghent 29 April 2014...

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juni 2014 | ISBN 978-94-000-0529-7 | xvi + 332 blz. | 125 euro | paperback Met dit Jaarboek Energierecht 2013 lichten de auteurs de belangrijkste ontwikkelingen toe die zich tijdens het voorbije kalenderjaar hebben voorgedaan in het domein van het energierecht (in zijn ruime betekenis). De bijdragen in dit Jaarboek Energierecht 2013 zijn van Thomas Chellingsworth, Bram Delvaux, Frederik Dewaele, Elisabeth Muylle, Koen Platteau, Tom Vanden Borre, Wouter Vandorpe, Dominique…...

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VERMYLEN M. and  LAURENT C., "The International Comparative Legal Guide to: Project Finance 2014", Belgium Chapter, published by Global Legal Group Ltd, London (April 2014) ICLG_Project_Finance_2014_Belgium...

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Th. Charon and Th. Vanhee, “Levering en Dienst” in Henri Vandebergh (ed.), BTW-handboek, vol. I, Larcier, Ghent, 2014, pp. 225-382 Table of contents http://uitgeverijlarcier.larciergroup.com/titres/42035/btw-handboek.html...

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Yves Van Couter & Stéphanie De Smedt, “The European Commission's contemplated revision of the technology transfer block exemption: A justified proposal for change?”, published in Intellectuele Rechten 2013/4. http://www.legalworld.be/legalworld/groepsvrijstelling-voor-technologieoverdracht.html?LangType=2067...

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With their chapter on "Social Networking in Belgium", Filip Saelens and Marga Caproni contributed to: "The International Labor and Employment Laws", Third Edition, Volumes IA and IB, Major Economies and International Issues, 2013 Cumulative Supplement, edited by William L. Keller and Timothy J. Darby, published by Bloomberg BNA (in collaboration with the American Bar Association), Arlington, 2013....

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E-mail professionnel et vie privée (Louis Hubert dans le Trends)...

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Yves VAN COUTER, Belgium Chapter in “International Encyclopedia of Agency and Distribution Agreements”, Kluwer, 2014...

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Yves Van Couter & Stéphanie De Smedt, "The (envisaged) European competition law approach to technology transfers: innovation friendly?", contribution to be published in the annals of the 2014 International Conference on Law and Political Science, National Law University, Delhi, February 6-8, 2014....