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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Legal and commercial implications

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The Coronavirus (COVID-19) is having a significant impact on every aspect of our lives. The effects on the global business environment are serious and far-reaching and public institutions and businesses need adapt the way in which they operate. 

Businesses and organisations have a role to play and a responsibility to their own people. They also confront a wide range of practical, commercial and legal challenges associated with the spread of the virus.

To help you navigate through the legal and commercial issues affecting businesses across the globe, we aim to provide updates and analysis in some key areas, as well as practical advice on how to respond in a time of crisis. Find more information below.

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24/11/2021
The European Com­mis­sion pro­longs the State aid Tem­por­ary Frame­work un­til...
The European Com­mis­sion has de­cided to pro­long the State aid Tem­por­ary Frame­work un­til 30 June 2022. The amend­ment, aside from the tem­por­al ex­ten­sion, aims to in­crease the thresholds of cer­tain cat­egor­ies...
23/11/2021
Man­dat­ory tele­work­ing as of this Monday, with a pos­sib­il­ity of a lim­ited...
The Gov­ern­ment has just an­nounced that tele­work­ing will once again be com­puls­ory for all com­pan­ies, as­so­ci­ations and ser­vices, whatever their size, for all staff mem­bers who per­form a tele­work­able...
10/11/2021
COV­ID and ViCo: The End?
En­larged Board of Ap­peal de­cision G1/21 Back­ground Fol­low­ing an EPO press re­lease on 16 Ju­ly 2021, the En­larged Board of Ap­peal’s (EBA) de­cision on video­con­fer­en­cing (ViCo) was re­leased last week. We...
28/10/2021
Who will pay for the Cov­id-re­lated pub­lic de­fi­cits?
The out­break of the coronavir­us has dra­mat­ic­ally changed the eco­nom­ic situ­ation in Europe. Over the past year, most West­ern coun­tries have car­ried out the most sig­ni­fic­ant fin­an­cial in­ter­ven­tions since...
12/10/2021
Leg­al guide for com­pany dir­ect­ors and CEOs in Bel­gi­um
ESG ob­lig­a­tion for Dir­ect­ors and CEOs 1. Do ex­ist­ing dir­ect­ors’ du­ties con­tain ob­lig­a­tions that ap­ply to mat­ters that could be cat­egor­ised as an ESG con­sid­er­a­tion, e.g. the en­vir­on­ment, em­ploy­ee...
04/10/2021
COV­ID-19: European Com­mis­sion opens con­sulta­tion on ex­tend­ing State aid...
In­tro­duc­tion to an amended Tem­por­ary Frame­work The European Com­mis­sion launched a con­sulta­tion pro­cess on 30 Septem­ber 2021, send­ing a pro­pos­al to Mem­ber States on a sixth draft amend­ment to the Tem­por­ary...
22/09/2021
Re­cap­it­al­isa­tion of Air France: Vuel­ing in first place for the al­loc­a­tion...
On 20 Septem­ber 2021, the European Com­mis­sion ap­proved the al­loc­a­tion to Vuel­ing of 18 daily slots at Par­is-Orly air­port fol­low­ing a se­lec­tion pro­ced­ure over the sum­mer. This meas­ure is part of the re­cap­it­al­isa­tion...
03/09/2021
COV­ID-19: Com­mis­sion ap­proves Span­ish aid to com­pensate Air Nos­trum's dam­age
On 23 Ju­ly 2021, the European Com­mis­sion ap­proved Span­ish aid of EUR 9 mil­lion to com­pensate Air Nos­trum for the dam­age suffered as a res­ult of the COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic on the basis of Art­icle 107(2)(b)...
12/08/2021
The new "corona" premi­um for em­ploy­ees : an in­ter­est­ing so­cial and tax...
On 1 Au­gust 2021, the 'corona premi­um' rules came in­to force in Bel­gi­um. This premi­um, paid in the form of con­sump­tion vouch­ers (either elec­tron­ic or pa­per), can be used in cer­tain busi­nesses and es­tab­lish­ments...
15/07/2021
COV­ID-19: The European Com­mis­sion ap­proves a fifth aid to Al­it­alia
On 2 Ju­ly 2021, the European Com­mis­sion au­thor­ised Itali­an aid of EUR 39.7 mil­lion for Al­it­alia. This aid meas­ure is in­ten­ded to com­pensate Al­it­alia for the dam­age suffered on cer­tain routes caused by...
02/07/2021
European Com­mis­sion au­thor­ises re­cap­it­al­isa­tion meas­ure in fa­vour of Air...
The European Com­mis­sion has ap­proved a re­cap­it­al­isa­tion meas­ure of EUR 4.8 mil­lion in fa­vour of Air Bel­gi­um as com­pens­a­tion for the dam­age suffered by the air­line dur­ing the peri­od from 14 March to 30...
30/06/2021
The European Com­mis­sion in­vests EUR 14.7 bil­lion to ac­cel­er­ate eco­lo­gic­al...
The European Com­mis­sion has ad­op­ted its main work pro­gram for the “Ho­ri­zon Europe” pro­gram, with a budget of EUR 100 bil­lion for the peri­od 2021-2027. It provides for in­vest­ments for re­search and...