Tags: Competition

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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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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October 14, 2020

Food labelling – National rules on mandatory indication of the country of origin

This is the third decision of the CJEU on the concept of “country of origin” in a (bit more than a) year.

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September 28, 2020

Abuse of economic dependence – How to calculate potential fines?

After some last-minute delays, the Royal Decree of 31 July 2020 has introduced the concept of abuse of economic dependence in Belgium. Following this Royal Decree, the Belgian Competition Authority has now announced how it will calculate fines imposed on undertakings in such cases.

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August 20, 2020

The new prohibition on abuses of economic dependence enters into force in Belgium

The Belgian Parliament introduced the prohibition on abuse of economic dependence in an Act of March 2019 to protect undertakings that are economically dependent on their suppliers or buyers.

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July 27, 2020

Sports and competition law: An overview of EU and national case law

In 1974 the Court of Justice of the EU concluded in its famous Walrave and Koch case that sport is subject to EU law as far as it constitutes an economic activity.

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July 24, 2020

The Belgian Competition Authority confirms that Belgian merger control rules apply to the creation of loco-regional hospital networks pursuant to the Act of 28 February 2019

Following the recent legislative amendment obliging hospitals to establish and be part of a loco-regional hospital network, the Belgian Competition Authority published on 22 July 2020 a note setting out the principles that will guide it when assessing the establishment of hospital networks and their possible qualification as a concentration under competition law.

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July 10, 2020

Towards new EU rules for preventing packaging waste

The European Commission is collecting data and feedback from stakeholders about the European Union’s current rules on packaging and packaging waste.

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