Archive 2013


Mrs. Catherine Longeval
Mr. Tom Claeys

Replacement Public Holidays 2014
31/12/2013

In 2014, only one public holiday will fall on a Saturday (or a day that is normally a non-working day within the company). As a result, in most cases only one replacement day will have to be determined.

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Mr. Claudio Mereu
Mr. Koen Van Maldegem
Mrs. Katia Merten-Lentz
Mr. Laurent Ruessmann

First public consultation on a biocidal active substance launched
31/12/2013

The first public consultation under the Biocidal Products Regulation will be on the active substance dinotefuran as a potential candidate for substitution. The consultation is open until 28 January 2014.

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Mr. Miguel Troncoso-Ferrer

Banks fined 1,7 billion EUR for participating cartels in the interest rate derivatives segment
30/12/2013

The cartels affected financial derivatives, such as forward rate agreements, swaps, futures and options. These are instruments linked to a specific financial instrument or indicator or commodity, and through which specific risks can be traded in financial markets. They are used by banks or companies for the purpose of managing the risk of interest rate fluctuations.

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Mr. Peter L'Ecluse
Mr. Thibaut D'hulst

EU General Court Invalidates Design for Infringing Earlier 3D Trade Mark
27/12/2013

On 23 April 2013, the General Court of the European Union (the “GC”) upheld an earlier decision of the Board of Appeal of the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market to invalidate a registered Community design (“RCD”) of Su-Shan Chen (“Chen”) on account of an infringement of an earlier registered 3D trade mark of AM Denmark A/S (“AM Denmark”).

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Mrs. Marie Canivet

Introduction dans le droit belge d’une action en réparation collective
27/12/2013

Par projet de loi du 5 juillet 2013, le législateur a décidé d’introduire la possibilité pour des consommateurs lésés d’introduire une action collective en vue d’obtenir des dommages et intérêts.

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Mr. Hendrik Viaene
Mr. Peter Wytinck
Mrs. Delphine Gillet

The Court of Justice rules that the duty of sincere cooperation precludes a municipality from relying on a contractual tariff clause against a telecommunications operator
26/12/2013

On 7 November 2013, the Court of Justice handed down its judgment in UPC Nederland BV v. Gemeente Hilversum (C-518/11). The case concerned a reference for a preliminary ruling brought before the Court of Justice by the Amsterdam Court of Appeal ("ACA").

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Mr. Claudio Mereu
Mr. Koen Van Maldegem
Mrs. Katia Merten-Lentz
Mr. Laurent Ruessmann

Harmonised classification and labelling current consultations
26/12/2013

Parties concerned are invited to submit their comments to the proposed harmonised classification and labelling (CLH) of the substance. The CLH public consultation lasts for 45 days and the comments received will be published regularly on the ECHA website during the consultation period. At the end of the public consultation round, the comments received are compiled into a list that will be part of the Opinion of the Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC).

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Mr. Jens Debièvre
Ms. Lore Derdeyn

MARCHÉS PUBLICS : NOUVEAUX SEUILS EUROPÉENS POUR LES PROCÉDURES DE PASSATION DES MARCHÉS PUBLICS DÈS JANVIER 2014
24/12/2013

Le règlement n°1336/2013 de la Commission Européenne du 13 décembre 2013 a fixé de nouveaux seuils pour la publication européenne des marchés publics dès le 1er janvier 2014. Ces montants s'entendent hors TVA.

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Mr. Martin Favart
Mr. Michael Dirkx

ECJ Rules on Choice of Law Clause in Commercial Agency Agreements
23/12/2013

On 17 October 2013, the Court of Justice of the European Union (the “ECJ”) answered a preliminary question from the Belgian Supreme Court in the case of United Antwerp Maritime Agencies NV (“Unamar”) vs. Navigation Maritime Bulgare (“NMB”) (Case C-184/12).

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Mr. Yves Lenders
Mr. Jo Willems

CODE DE DROIT ÉCONOMIQUE
23/12/2013

Comme nous vous en avions informé dans notre dernier e-zine, la publication et l’entrée en vigueur des différents livres du code de droit économique se poursuit.

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