Publications

De Europese Commissie introduceert een pakket met nieuwe voorstellen ter bevordering van E-commerce

June 20th, 2016

Op 25 mei 2016 heeft de Europese Commissie een drieledige strategie geïntroduceerd ter bevordering van elektronische handel in de eengemaakte markt. Deze voorstellen beogen een verbetering te brengen, voor zowel consumenten als ondernemingen, in de verkoop/aankoop van producten en diensten in de online omgeving. 

Royal decree as legal basis for the use of drones: ready for takeoff?

May 23rd, 2016

19 May 2016

Introduction

Remote Piloted Aircrafts (R.P.A.), better known as ‘drones’ are the technological reality of today. In order to face the legal issues related to the use of ‘R.P.A.’s’, a Royal Decree regulating their use, was issued on 10 April 2016 (Belgian Official Gazette of 15 April 2016), and entered into force on 25 April 2016.

Click here for the Royal Decree or read the full article for details.

Strategy and value creation in the board room: is your business model or supply chain future proof in light of the BEPS initiative and indirect tax?

May 18th, 2016

In other words, has the board and the executive management team taken into consideration possible indirect tax effects of the OECD BEPS initiative on a.o. the (operational) business model or supply chain? You better be informed and take the necessary actions now. ERP-system updates (to name one out of many consequences) for indirect tax purposes are not set up overnight. It is a time consuming and challenging exercise. And overall your business should be VAT compliant all time. This also forms part of your risk strategy.

Indexation costs for publication in the Annexes to the Belgian Official Gazette

April 21st, 2016

The costs for publication in the Annexes to the Belgian Official Gazette are indexed each year as from the 1st of March. This year with effect as per March 1, 2016, costs for publication in the Annexes of the Belgian Official Gazette, are established as follows (published in the Belgian Official Gazette of February 2, 2016):

1. For companies (including VAT):
265,47 EUR with regard to an incorporation filed on paper;
214,41 EUR with respect to an incorporation filed electronically;
155,73 EUR regarding a modification on paper or electronically.

Transposition Accounting Directive into Belgian law

February 24th, 2016

By Act of 18 December 2015 (the “Accounting Act”), the Belgian legislator transposed the so-called European “Accounting Directive”  into Belgian legislation. The Accounting Act was published in the Belgian Official Gazette on 30 December 2015 and contains some important changes on company law and accounting law principles. 

Only-onceprincipe: onbekend maakt onbemind

February 17th, 2016

Het principe van de unieke gegevensinzameling (only-onceprincipe) werd door de wet van 5 mei 2014 op algemene wijze ingevoerd in de werking van de federale overheidsinstanties. Jonathan De Landsheere licht dit beginsel en het belang ervan toe in een bijdrage die verschenen is in aflevering 336 van het Nieuw Juridisch Weekblad (NjW) van 17 februari 2016. Hierna vindt u een samenvatting van deze bijdrage.

The European Court of Human Rights clarifies: private messages at work may not be so private after all….

February 8th, 2016

On January 12, 2016 the European Court of Human Rights ruled that Romanian law is not in violation with the employee’s right to respect for privacy and that thus the Romanian employer did not violate its employee’s privacy rights by monitoring the employee’s instant messages...

EU-US Data Shield replaces the invalid Safe Harbor Agreement

February 8th, 2016

The European Commission and the United States have announced on February,2, 2016 that they have agreed on a new framework agreement with respect to the “transatlantic” transfer of personal data.

Happy shopping and selling in 2016: night work allowed for e-commerce

January 28th, 2016

In contrast to other European countries, it was up and until now not possible in Belgium to employ personnel in the retail and distribution industry between 8 PM and 6 AM, resulting in operational issues for the Belgian e-commerce in particular...

Het nieuwe Online Dispute Resolution Platform is in werking getreden.

January 28th, 2016

Op 9 januari 2016 trad Verordening nr. 524/2013 betreffende de online beslechting van consumentengeschillen in werking....

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