Section I.21 Applicable Law and Settlement of Disputes
I.21.1 This APA shall be governed by the laws of Belgium.
I.21.2 Dispute Resolution
(a) In the event of a dispute between the Parties arising under or in connection with this APA or the legal relationships established by this APA, the Parties shall first refer such dispute to informal dispute resolution discussions between their respective representatives. Each of the contractor and the Commission, on behalf of itself or on behalf of the participating Member States (as the case may be), may initiate such informal dispute resolution by sending written notice of the dispute to the contractor or the Commission (as the case may be), and, within twenty (20) calendar days of such notice, the representatives shall meet and attempt to resolve the dispute amicably by good faith negotiations.
(b) If the Parties are not able to settle their dispute in accordance with lit. (a) above, the Commission, the participating Member States and the contractor irrevocably submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts located in Brussels, Belgium to settle any dispute which may arise under or in connection with this APA or the legal relationships established by this APA.