We are delighted to present you the second edition of Spotlight on Belgium, DLA Piper Belgium’s quarterly newsletter which aims to inform you about current legal developments that could affect your business.

As the legal and political vacations drew near, the legislator has not been idle: a multitude of new decrees, acts and rules have entered into force. We are pleased to report that we have matched the legislator’s productivity, as evidenced by this newsletter: Jacques Richelle and Manuela Baldan discuss the “New Act” on security interests on movable assets, Jean-Michel Detry and Dodo Chochitaichvili contribute an article on the recently adopted new Arbitration Act, Michaël Bollen and Marc De Munter study the impact of the new anti-abuse provision in tax matters on the real estate sector, and Barteld Schutyser and Annelies Verlinden discuss the Royal Decree which introduced new rules on the conclusion of public contracts.

Looking further ahead, Dominique Devos outlines the preliminary draft of the environmental integrated permit, which is to be passed before the 2014 elections, and Ilse Van de Mierop, Arnaud Houet and Olivier Lemahieu discuss a draft bill which was recently submitted to the Belgian Parliament, which aims to revise the three-year-old law on the continuity of enterprises.

Broadening the scope from new acts and decrees to the legal framework as a whole, Patrick Van Eecke and Antoon Dierick shed light on the European Commission’s “Law 2.0” efforts to deal with the rapid technological advancements our society experiences.

In addition, our lawyers have thoroughly studied important court decisions. Denis-Emmanuel Philippe sketches the impact of a ruling of the Belgian Supreme Court of 15 March 2012, which complicates the application of the deferred taxation regime.

Lastly, keeping an eye on the shop floor even in this vacation period, Veronique Falcone discusses the freedom of movement of workers in relation to language regulations, and Frédérique Gillet elucidates the 0% wage cost margin for 2013-2014.

We are convinced that the contents of this issue illustrate DLA Piper’s drive to bring you up-to-date, relevant information – and also, that they will enable you to enjoy your holidays, in the assurance that we keep an eye on any legal developments that may have an impact on your organization.

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