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New Engineering Contract 4 - Engineering and Construction Contract: an innovative contract model for Belgian infrastructure projects

3 July 2020

This newsletter looks at the New Engineering Contract 4: Engineering and Construction Contract (NEC 4 ECC), which will be applied for the first time in a large infrastructure project in Belgium, namely the Oosterweel project in the city of Antwerp.

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Public law proceedings during COVID-19: will procedural deadlines be suspended?

15 April 2020

On 20 March 2020, the Flemish Government issued the Decree on special measures in the event of a civil public health emergency. This newsflash discusses the two main pillars of this “Emergency Decree” and its possible and practical impact on public law proceedings during the COVID-19 outbreak.

New regulatory framework for real estate transactions in Flemish region

6 August 2019

Since January 2019, a new regulatory framework has been in place for real estate transactions carried out by Flemish and local administrations.

The Decree of 30 November 2018 aims to create a separate legal framework for real estate transactions carried out by the Flemish community and the Flemish region. The decree imposes additional formal obligations for the Flemish Government when transferring immovable property or rights in rem. The threshold for parliamentary approval when transferring immovable property has also increased.

As regards the local authorities, new articles were implemented in the applicable legislation as there was previously a lack of regulatory framework.

Flemish parliament adopts new framework decree on administrative enforcement

18 March 2019

On 13 March 2019, the Flemish parliament adopted a new framework decree on administrative enforcement regarding violations of Flemish regulations.

The new Flemish framework decree serves as an additional general legal framework for sectoral regulations. Dealing with supervision, investigation, prosecution and fines, it also aims for legal protection of citizens.

The federal law on municipal administrative sanctions of 24 June 2013 remains the general framework regulation for administrative sanctioning at local level.

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A Clean Planet for All: the EU Commission calls for a climate neutral Europe by 2050

4 December 2018

On 28 November 2018, the European Commission launched A Clean Planet for all, a European strategic long-term vision for a prosperous, modern, competitive and climate neutral economy by 2050.

The purpose of this long-term strategy is not to set targets, but to create a vision and sense of direction, plan for it, and inspire as well as enable stakeholders, researchers, entrepreneurs and citizens alike to develop new and innovative industries, businesses and associated jobs.

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