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Public Law

Belgium

Our Public and Administrative law team has a broad experience in all fields of public and administrative law. We deal with the most important matters concerning public procurements and financing public projects, public-private partnerships and public utilities. We also provide representation before regulatory authorities, the European Commission, the Competition Council in Belgium and other national jurisdictions. Whether you are a public organization, a municipal, regional or federal government or a European institution, our lawyers always handle your matters with an in-depth understanding of the sector in which you operate.

Our lawyers assist their clients in drafting laws and regulations (including for the implementation of European directives), in the creation of new public or private actors, or their reorganisation. We have an extensive knowledge of the public authorities’ interventions in the economy: competition, State aid, public holdings, inter-municipal entities, economic expansion laws, public service concessions, management agreements, exclusive and special rights, Eurostat criteria, etc.

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"Business-oriented, accessible and flexible"

Feedback from a client, Chambers Europe, 2018

"Clear, structured and well-prepared advice."

Feedback from a client, Chambers Europe, 2018

"Sources laud the 'very competent and pragmatic' lawyers and highlight their responsiveness."

Chambers Europe, 2018

"The team was very flexible. They delivered complex output within a very short timeframe and they gathered the right resources to help us. I always feel supported by the CMS team."

Feedback from a client - Chambers Europe, 2017

“[The team leaves a] really good impression due to its perfect reactivity and really good knowledge of the subject," and adds that it delivers "concrete opinions and advice to the questions asked."

Feedback from a client - Chambers Europe, 2017

"Virginie Dor [...] is praised by interviewees for providing 'hands-on, pragmatic advice to clients whose business she understands very quickly'."

Chambers Europe, 2018

“Annabelle Lepièce has notable experience in aviation matters, continuing to represent the SOWAER and the Walloon Authorities in relation to recent developments in the Commission's investigation into alleged state aid granted by Charleroi Airport to Ryanair.”

Chambers Europe 2018

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    Public Procurement & PPP

    The quality of public services is increasingly determined by skilled public procurement management. Your business and any real estate developments, joint ventures, restructuring or sale programmes cannot function without a deep understanding of how procurement regulates your plans. As a contracting authority or a bidder in local, EU and international procurement procedures, you can benefit from legal advisors with extensive experience on both sides of the process. We can guide you through complex infrastructure, transport and IT projects, not only in the public sector but also concerning utilities such as electricity, gas and airports. We can also represent you in procurement-related disputes and litigation.

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    November 2019
    CMS Pub­lic Pro­cure­ment Tool­box of Rem­ed­ies
    Tool­box of rem­ed­ies in pub­lic award pro­ced­ures avail­able...
    27 Mar 20
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    In Bel­gi­um, the Min­is­ter of Justice, Koen Geens, has pro­posed a draft Roy­al De­cree aimed at gen­er­al­ising the writ­ten pro­ced­ure for all dis­putes cur­rently pending be­fore the Bel­gian courts. The draft aims...
    November 2019
    E-pub­lic pro­cure­ment
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    27 Mar 20
    Man­aging clin­ic­al tri­als un­der COV­ID-19: New EU guid­ance is­sued for...
    The COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic has had a dra­mat­ic im­pact on European health sys­tems, whose pri­or­ity first and fore­most is the treat­ment of pa­tients suf­fer­ing from this dis­ease both in the in-pa­tient and out-pa­tient...
    June 2019
    CMS Pub­lic Pro­cure­ment Glob­al Bro­chure
    12 Sep 19
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    As Brexit draws near­er and with the like­li­hood of an un­reg­u­lated exit still not off the table, EU-27 com­pan­ies im­port­ing or selling food or cos­met­ics from Great Bri­tain face li­ab­il­ity risks if they con­tin­ue...
    11/01/2019
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    15 Jan 19
    European Court of Justice rules in fa­vour of Italy’s Lotto con­ces­sion...
    On 19 Decem­ber 2018, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) con­firmed that Italy’s “sole con­ces­sion­aire mod­el” for man­aging the con­ces­sion for its com­pu­ter­ised na­tion­al lot­tery and re­lated fixed-odds...
    22/06/2018
    June 2018 News­let­ter
    15 Jun 18
    ES­PD re­quired on sub­mis­sion of tender
    Two re­cent Bel­gian Coun­cil of State judg­ments cla­ri­fied the con­sequences for tenders sub­mit­ted without a European Single Pro­cure­ment Doc­u­ment (“ES­PD”), a doc­u­ment of self-de­clar­a­tion to be filed by...
    30/11/2017
    Novem­ber 2017 News­let­ter
    14 May 18
    Pri­or­it­ies of the Bel­gian Com­pet­i­tion Au­thor­ity for 2018
    On 27 April 2018, the Bel­gian Com­pet­i­tion Au­thor­ity is­sued a doc­u­ment set­ting out its policy pri­or­it­ies for the cur­rent year. This doc­u­ment, which has ex­is­ted since 2014, ex­plains how the Au­thor­ity se­lects...