Tags: Competition

June 29, 2022

Belgium takes important step in introducing Foreign Direct Investment screening

On 1 June 2022, Belgium’s Federal and various Regional governments entered into a draft cooperation agreement to introduce a mechanism for screening Foreign Direct Investments (“FDI”).

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June 21, 2022

The Omnibus Act: more transparency for consumers

On 28 May 2022, the Belgian law transposing EU Directive 2019/2161 into the Code of Economic Law entered into force (the “Omnibus Act”).

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April 6, 2022

Modernisation of consumer law through the harmonisation of contracts for the sale of goods

On 31 March 2022, a legislative Act that makes considerable changes to the sale of consumer goods was published in the Belgian State Gazette.

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March 21, 2022

Belgian competition act amended to transpose ECN+ directive into Belgian competition law and introduce merger filing fees fines for failure to notify and a number of procedural changes

On 17 March 2022, the Belgian Act transposing the ECN+ Directive and also introducing further amendments into the Belgian Competition Act entered into force.

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February 22, 2022

Belgian competition authority hits pharmaceutical wholesalers with cartel fine

Belgian companies active in the pharmaceutical sector at different levels should beware of competition law.

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December 24, 2021

New rules prohibiting unfair trading practices in the agricultural and food supply chain are entering into force

On 15 December 2021, a Belgian Act was published that implements the European Directive 2019/633 on unfair trading practices in business-to-business relations in the agricultural and food supply chain.

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September 2, 2021

The Belgian Chapter in the Merger Control Review- 12th Edition

Check whether your merger or acquisition needs prior clearance from competition authorities.

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August 19, 2021

European Commission publishes draft revised Vertical Block Exemption Regulation and Vertical Guidelines

On 9 July 2021, the European Commission published a draft version of its revised Vertical Block Exemption Regulation and the related Vertical Guidelines.

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August 6, 2021

Procedural issues in investigations by competition authorities: practical application by the Belgian Competition Authority in its Caudalie decision

On 6 May 2021, the Belgian Competition Authority issued its decision against Caudalie and fined it for imposing resale prices upon and limiting the active and passive sales of its distributors.

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July 5, 2021

The Belgian competition authority fines Caudalie EUR 859,310 for imposing resale prices and restricting active and passive sales

On 6 May 2021, the Belgian Competition Authority’s Competition College imposed a fine of EUR 859,310 on three undertakings of the Caudalie group.

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December 22, 2020

The Belgian Competition Authority suspects Caudalie of imposing minimum resale prices on its distributors by determining a maximum discount level and of limiting its distributors’ active and passive online sales

Over the last 4 years, the Belgian Competition Authority (“BCA”) has increasingly scrutinised anticompetitive restraints in vertical agreements and assessed these restraints under Article IV.1 of the Belgian Code of Economic Law and Article 101 TFEU.

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November 24, 2020

First Belgian ruling on abuse of economic dependence

First Belgian ruling on abuse of economic dependence: much looked forward too, little precedential value?

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