On March 29, 2013, the Law of February 28, 2013 introducing the Code on Economic Law (Wet van 28 februari 2013 tot invoering van het wetboek economisch recht) entered into force. In an effort to restructure, reform and realign existing commercial legislation, the federal legislator compiled all relevant economic legislation into a single commercial code divided into 17 books.

Only three books on specific commercial law topics, listed below, have entered into force. The remaining books are either still pending before the parliament, or have not yet been submitted. In addition, Book I (definitions), Book II (general principles) and Book XV (enforcement) offer general provisions and are adopted simultaneously with the books that cover specific topics.

  • Book IV (protection of competition)
  • Book V (competition and price control)
  • Book VIII (quality of products and services)

In 2013, three bills, listed below, were submitted to the Chamber of Representatives to specifically address the law of the electronic economy within the Code of Economic Law as a separate book:

Bill of July 23, 2013 concerning the inclusion of Book XII, “Law of the electronic economy” in the Code of Economic Law, and containing insertion of definitions specific to Book XII and enforcement provisions specific to Book XII, in the books I and XV of the Code of Economic Law (Wetsontwerp van 23 juli 2013 houdende invoeging van het Boek XII, “Recht van de elektronische economie”, in het Wetboek van economisch recht, en houdende invoeging van de definities eigen aan boek XII en van de rechtshandhavingsbepalingen eigen aan boek XII, in de boeken I en XV van het Wetboek van economisch recht, nr. 2963/1.).

  • Bill of July 23, 2013 concerning insertion of Article XII.5 in book XII, “Law of the Electronic Economy” of the Code of Economic Law (Wetsontwerp van 23 juli 2013 houdende invoeging van artikel XII.5 in het boek XII, « Recht van de elektronische economie » van het Wetboek van economisch recht, nr. 2964/1.).
  • Bill of April 15, 2013 concerning insertion of Title 2 of the book XII “Law of the Electronic Economy” of the Code of Economic Law, and containing insertion of definitions specific to Title 2 of the book XII and the enforcement provisions specific to Title 2 of book XII, in the books I and XV of the Code of Economic Law (Wetsvoorstel van 15 april 2013 tot wijziging van de wetgeving wat de invoering van het recht van de elektronische economie betreft, nr. 2745/1 tot 4.).

Book XII, title 1, approved by the Chamber of Representatives on November 14, 2013, addresses legal aspects of information society services. Book XII, title 1, codifies the following laws with few changes:

  1. The Law of 11 March 2003 on certain aspects of the information society,
  2. The Law of May 12, 2003 on the legal protection of information society services based on, or consisting of, conditional access,
  3. The Law of June 26, 2003 on the abusive registration of domain names.

Book XII, title 2 will first codify the Law of 9 July 2001 establishing certain rules in relation to the legal framework for electronic signatures and certification services (Wet van 9 juli 2001 houdende vaststelling van bepaalde regels in verband met het juridisch kader voor elektronische handtekeningen en certificatiediensten) and second, introduce new rules in the fields of electronic commerce, including rules on electronic archiving, electronic registered letters and electronic time registration.

The bills can be found on: http://www.dekamer.be