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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
First Belgian ruling on abuse of economic dependence: much looked forward too, little precedential value?
This is the third decision of the CJEU on the concept of “country of origin” in a (bit more than a) year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The European Commission is collecting data and feedback from stakeholders about the European Union’s current rules on packaging and packaging waste.