The second quarter of the year is traditionally a busy one for lawmakers and lawyers alike. For this issue, we've selected five topics that caught our attention during the past months.

Firstly, the Belgian Privacy Commission has issued guidance on the use of cookies and compliance with the Data Protection Act. As company websites are becomingly increasingly important, stake-holders should make sure that the rules on privacy and data protection are respected. You will find a link to the guidelines in the article.

Secondly, our Energy Team would like to draw your attention to the obligation to implement the Seveso III Directive, which aims to harmonise the Member States' legislation on serious chemical accidents. As Belgium failed to meet the transposition deadline of 31 May 2015, a legal vacuum has existed since 1 June.

In the third article, our Employment and Pensions Team highlights measures taken by the government in order to maintain the competitiveness of Belgian businesses and reduce the wage handicap. To this end, acts on wage indexation and the salary freeze were passed in late April.

A fourth topic which has received widespread attention is TAXE, the European Parliament's special committee on tax rulings . This article explains why TAXE was created and shares with you highlights from the public sessions of 11 May and 1 June 2015, at which testimony, mainly by whistle blowers and journalists, was heard. TAXE’s chairperson asked the rapporteurs to provide an interim report before the summer recess.

Finally, we share with you the results of our second Belgian Private Equity & Venture Capital Ba-rometer, published in June for Q1 2015. Since 2012, NautaDutilh has researched the market expecta-tions of private equity and venture capital professionals, bankers and corporate finance advisors. In mid-2014, we decided to move to a quarterly survey in order to identify sector trends and develop-ments even earlier.