Dear reader

The recent national and regional elections confirm the setting established by our most recent institutional reform: Belgians wish for regions to have more power to manage their economic development and to have greater freedom and autonomy in terms of resource management.

As a law firm that is looking to the future, we are closely following the radical changes currently taking place in our country and we are dedicated to helping our clients to manage the risks and seize the opportunities.

Our firm has always strived to follow a twofold strategy: working closely with the economic and political decision-makers while maintaining our independence. It is precisely in this spirit that our annual event "Wallifornie" has been held last week under the theme of "A Walloon economic recovery, myth or reality?".

On this occasion, a group of industry leaders, including Vincent Reuter (UWE), Bernard Delvaux (Sonaca), Renaud Witmeur (Sogepa), Eric Mestdagh (Mestdagh Group) and Alexis Meeùs (Degroof Bank), have presented their views on Wallonia’s future to some 60 company directors & managers.
They touched upon the evolution of Wallonia's economy, the role of public authorities and the measures they would like to see adopted to support the economic recovery which is slowly but surely taking shape.

Without a doubt, the evening has been highly informative as, we hope, will be this newsletter. We wish you an enlightening and enjoyable read.

Jean-François Goffin
Partner

 
June | 2014

Intellectual Property & Technology

> The new council proposal of the Trade Secrets Directive
> Revocation of successful trademarks that became “common in the trade”


Environment & Energy

> Loi portant sur des dispositions diverses en matière d’énergie – 22 avril 2014
> Modifications à la loi du 29 avril 1999 relative à l’organisation du marché de l’électricité


Competition & EU

> The filing of a complaint before a competition authority
> Approbation par la Commission européenne du nouveau plan de restructuration d’Ethias


Health

> L'exercice de l'homéopathie enfin réglementé
> Le retrait provisoire du droit d'exercer la médecine


Public Procurement & PPP

> Modification relative au délai de paiement/vérification!
> La durée d'un accord-cadre


Tax & Estate Planning

> Extension des causes d’obtention du dégrèvement d’office
> TVA et formation professionnelle : nouvelle rédaction de l’article 44, 2, 4° du Code de la TVA


Insurance

> The New 2014 Belgian Insurance Act
> L’arrêt du 14 juin 2012 de la Cour de cassation française


Luxembourg

> Le projet de réforme sur le droit de la faillite au Luxembourg - Projet de loi n°6539

 

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