One might expect that, with this fifth issue of a quarterly newsletter, we would be able to rely on the cyclical nature of things and simply model this Spotlight on Belgium after our very first issue. This is not the case, however, as we believe that everything is in a constant state of flux – and nowhere is this more apparent than in the field of law.

Indeed, several legal measures have recently entered into force, or will do so in the following few weeks. In social law, there is the new obligation to motivate the reasons when dismissing an employee, as Pierre Dion illustrates. Kim Möric sheds light on the new annual environmental charge on parking spaces attached to office buildings located in the Brussels- Capital Region. Lastly, books VI and X of the Belgian Commercial Code may soon enter into force, as Joris Beckers discusses in his article.

On the other side of the scale, other legislation disappears from the codices. At the end of 2013, the social housing obligation for housing projects has been nullified. Els Empereur and Ive Van Giel report on the impact of this decision on existing contracts.

Other matters require a crystal ball. Depending on whether or not Luxembourg is taken off the OECD Global Forum’s list before the end of 2014, Belgian companies and permanent establishments may be subjected to additional reporting obligations with regard to substantial payments made to Luxembourg. Denis-Emmanuel Philippe and Gregory Komlosi discuss the conditions and illustrate with case studies.

To further complicate matters in this already shifting landscape, there is the element of free choice. Sylvie Van Ommeslaghe and Dodo Chochitaichvili contribute an article on how the law chosen by the parties to a commercial agency contract may be rejected by the court of another EU Member state before which the case has been brought in favour of the law of the forum.

As our content matter is constantly evolving, our form is too. As a result, you will notice slight changes to the events and publications section, making them more tailored to your information needs.

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Topics:  Employer Liability Issues, EU, Hiring & Firing, International Labor Laws, International Tax Issues, Reporting Requirements, Termination

Published In: General Business Updates, Finance & Banking Updates, Labor & Employment Updates, Residential Real Estate Updates, Tax Updates

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