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General conditions of use of the website and the services offered

The mission of Les Plus Beaux Villages de Wallonie is to preserve and enhance the quality of the heritage of the villages of Wallonia. The ASBL Les Plus Beaux Villages de Wallonie is legally responsible for the site and the services offered by the site https://beauxvillages.be/. 

ARTICLE 1. PURPOSE

The purpose of these GCU is to determine the conditions of access and use, by the Internet user, of the site and/or the services. Access to the site and consultation of the information it contains implies that the Internet user accepts without reservation all the provisions contained in these GCU.

The GTUs that may be modified and the applicable conditions are those in force and accessible on the site on the date of access to the latter by the Internet user.

ARTICLE 2. USE OF THE SITE AND/OR SERVICES

In general, the Internet user undertakes, within the framework of the use of the site and/or the services, to :

In the event of a breach of any of these obligations, and without this list being exhaustive, the Internet user recognises and accepts that Les Plus Beaux Villages de Wallonie will have the right to refuse him/her, unilaterally and without prior notification, access to all or part of the site and/or the services.

ARTICLE 3. AVAILABILITY OF THE SITE AND/OR SERVICES

Les Plus Beaux Villages de Wallonie makes its best efforts to make the site available and accessible 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, regardless of maintenance or security operations, updates, technical improvements or to change the content and/or presentation.

In this respect, Les Plus Beaux Villages de Wallonie is bound by an obligation of means. However, Les Plus Beaux Villages de Wallonie reserves the right, when necessary, to modify or interrupt the display, at any time, temporarily or permanently, of all or part of the information and data presented on the site. 

The Internet user and the user may not at any time, and for any reason whatsoever, hold Les Plus Beaux Villages de Wallonie responsible for any of the reasons mentioned in this article.

ARTICLE 4. LIABILITY, FORCE MAJEURE

4.1 – Responsibility of the Internet user

All hardware and software necessary for access to the site and/or use of the services remain the sole responsibility of the Internet user. It is the user’s responsibility to take all appropriate measures to protect his/her own data, computer systems and/or software from contamination by any viruses.

The Internet user is solely responsible for the use he makes of the site and/or the services he accesses from it and for the truthfulness or accuracy of the data and information he provides.

Les Plus Beaux Villages de Wallonie may not under any circumstances be held responsible in the context of proceedings brought against an Internet user who has been guilty of non-compliant use of the site and/or the services it provides.

The Internet user recognises and accepts in this respect that he/she will be personally responsible for any complaint or proceedings brought against Les Plus Beaux Villages de Wallonie, due to his/her non-conforming use of the services and/or the site, or due to his/her use, within the framework of the use of the services, of data for which he/she does not hold the necessary rights and/or authorisations. Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)

4.2 – Responsibility of Les Plus Beaux Villages de Wallonie

The purpose of the site is to enable the Internet user to find out about the services provided and products distributed by Les Plus Beaux Villages de Wallonie.

The site may contain hypertext links to third party websites. The setting up of hypertext links on the present site to other resources present on the Internet network does not constitute a validation of these resources or their content, and cannot engage the responsibility of Les Plus Beaux Villages de Wallonie, publisher of the present site.

Any hypertext link to the present site must be expressly authorised in advance by Les Plus Beaux Villages de Wallonie, which reserves the right to remove this link at any time.

In this respect, given the evanescent nature of the content that may be disseminated, Les Plus Beaux Villages de Wallonie cannot be held responsible if the content of the said third party websites contravenes the legal and/or regulatory provisions in force. 

In any case, Les Plus Beaux Villages de Wallonie cannot be held responsible:

Les Plus Beaux Villages de Wallonie cannot be held responsible for any malfunction of any kind relating to the Internet user’s computer equipment or Internet access connection, when accessing the site and more generally the services.

4.3 – Force majeure

The responsibility of Les Plus Beaux Villages de Wallonie cannot be sought if the execution of one of its obligations is prevented or delayed due to a case of force majeure within the meaning of article 1218 of the Civil Code, and in particular natural disasters, fires, malfunctions or interruptions of the telecommunications network or the electrical network.

ARTICLE 6. COOKIES, CONNECTION COOKIES

In order to better serve the Internet user, Les Plus Beaux Villages de Wallonie establishes statistics on the number of visitors to its site. To do this, it uses cookie technology. A cookie is a block of data that does not allow the user to be identified, but is used to record information relating to the user’s navigation on the site.

Also, when accessing the https://beauxvillages.be/ website, cookies store information temporarily in the memory or on the hard disk of the user during navigation on the site.

See our cookie policy, which can be accessed directly on the site.

The Internet user can refuse cookies by following the written procedure at the following address: www.cnil.fr/fr/cookies-les-outils-pour-les-maitriser.

For any clarification or information concerning this warning, the Internet user may contact Les Plus Beaux Villages de Wallonie at info@beauxvillages.be with a precise request. A reply will be provided within eight days.

ARTICLE 7. COMPLAINT OR DISAGREEMENT

For any complaint or disagreement, the Internet user or the user may contact Les Plus Beaux Villages de Wallonie directly by e-mail by sending a message to info@beauxvillages.be with the precise wording of the request, or may contact Les Plus Beaux Villages de Wallonie on the telephone number +32 83 65 72 40 (local call).

The Most Beautiful Villages of Wallonia undertakes to :

ARTICLE 8. INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

Les Plus Beaux Villages de Wallonie is the owner of all the intellectual property rights of the site, as well as all the industrial property rights of the elements it contains (logos, brands etc.). Consequently, in accordance with the provisions of the Intellectual Property Code, any representation, reproduction, modification, distortion and/or total or partial exploitation of the site, its content and/or services, by any process whatsoever and on any medium whatsoever, without the express prior authorisation of Les Plus Beaux Villages de Wallonie, is prohibited and constitutes an infringement of copyright.

Similarly, any unauthorised use of the site, its content and/or services will engage the criminal and civil liability of the Internet user on the basis of copyright infringement.

Les Plus Beaux Villages de Wallonie discloses the site and the services in order to allow access to it on the Internet network, and this (i) from a computer or an equivalent terminal with access to one or more telecommunications networks allowing access to the Internet network, and software for browsing on the Internet network (such as Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, etc.), (ii) a telephone terminal with access to a telecommunications network allowing access to the Internet network (3/4G connection, Edge, etc.).

Any other use of the site and/or the services is deemed to be reserved by right to Les Plus Beaux Villages de Wallonie and constitutes an infringement of its right of disclosure on the site and/or the services.

The brands, logos, corporate names, acronyms, commercial names, signs and/or domain names of Les Plus Beaux Villages de Wallonie and/or its commercial partners mentioned on the site, allowing access to the services made available by Les Plus Beaux Villages de Wallonie, constitute distinctive signs that cannot be used without the express prior authorisation of Les Plus Beaux Villages de Wallonie or of any third party holders of all or part of the intellectual and industrial property rights attached to the above-mentioned elements.

Any representation, reproduction and/or exploitation, whether partial or total, of these distinctive signs is therefore prohibited and constitutes trademark infringement, in application of the provisions of the Intellectual Property Code, and usurpation of a company name, trademark and domain name engaging the civil liability of its author.

The Internet user acknowledges and accepts that access to the site and/or the services made available by Les Plus Beaux Villages de Wallonie does not imply any transfer or concession of intellectual property rights. The Internet user acknowledges that the technique consisting of integrating one or more links within the site, without the agreement of Les Plus Beaux Villages de Wallonie, with a view to allowing any other Internet user to access an Internet site not belonging to Les Plus Beaux Villages de Wallonie, known as the “framing” technique, is forbidden.

ARTICLE 9. PROTECTION OF PERSONAL DATA AND COOKIES

For all information on the protection of personal data and the use of cookies by Les Plus Beaux Villages de Wallonie, the Internet user can consult the Confidentiality Policy (general regulation on data protection) and the cookies policy accessible directly on the site.

ARTICLE 10. DURATION OF SERVICES

The right to access and use the services is withdrawn from the user, and his access codes are deactivated in the following cases:

ARTICLE 11. DIVISIBILITY

In the event that one of the clauses of these GCU is declared null and void or inapplicable for any reason or by any jurisdiction or authority whatsoever, even by a decision having the force of res judicata, this nullity will not affect the validity of all the other clauses.

The latter shall remain in force and shall be applied as if the GCU/CGV had been concluded without the invalidated clause, notwithstanding, on the one hand, any contractual indivisibility between the invalidated clause(s) and the other clauses and, on the other hand, the possible stipulation of the decisive nature of the invalidated clause.

ARTICLE 12. DISPUTES

The GTC are governed by Belgian law.

The Internet user and Les Plus Beaux Villages de Wallonie undertake to do their utmost to try to settle amicably any dispute that may arise from the execution of the GCU and more generally from the use of the site or the services.

In the absence of an amicable solution within thirty (30) days of notification by registered letter (to the address of the ASBL Les Plus Beaux Villages de Wallonie, Rue Haute 7, 5332 Crupet, Belgium) by one of the parties of the need to seek such a solution, any dispute between the Internet user and Les Plus Beaux Villages de Wallonie relating to the validity, conclusion, interpretation or execution of the GTU will be submitted, depending on the nature of the dispute, to the competent court. 

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The association Les Plus Beaux Villages de Wallonie (The Most Beautiful Villages of Wallonia) oversees a network of 31 villages, bearers of a strong territorial identity and reflecting traditional architecture. It is committed to promoting the rural, cultural and natural heritage of Wallonia and is a part of the development of local and responsible tourism.