Competition law


Reform of Belgian Competition Law

Reform of Belgian Competition Law
05/07/2019

On 25 April 2019, the Chamber of Representatives of the federal Parliament approved in plenary session a bill reforming Book IV of the Code of Economic Law (Wetboek van Economisch Recht / Code de droit économique) (“CEL”)

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Belgian Competition Authority publishes 2018 Annual Report

Belgian Competition Authority publishes 2018 Annual Report
24/06/2019

On 17 June 2019, the Belgian Competition Authority (“BCA”) published its Annual Report for 2018. This document, which is available in French and Dutch, also includes an Annex on the enforcement priorities for 2019

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The Belgian Competition Authority condemns the Order of Pharmacists for hindering Medi-Market's development

The Belgian Competition Authority condemns the Order of Pharmacists for hindering Medi-Market's development
18/06/2019

On 28 May 2019, the Belgian Competition Authority ruled that the Order of Pharmacists had used its influence to hinder the business activities of the innovative pharmacy and parapharmacy chain MediCare-Market. 

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Non-concurrence : le profil Linkedin peut-il servir de preuve ?

Non-concurrence : le profil Linkedin peut-il servir de preuve ?
30/05/2019

LinkedIn vous informe de la carrière de vos ex-employés. Ce site peut-il servir de preuve à une violation de la clause de non-concurrence ?

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Une nouvelle directive réprimant les pratiques commerciales déloyales dans le secteur de la distribution alimentaire

Une nouvelle directive réprimant les pratiques commerciales déloyales dans le secteur de la distribution alimentaire
27/05/2019

Un an après la proposition de la Commission européenne, la directive 2019/633 relative aux pratiques commerciales déloyales dans les relations interentreprises dans la chaîne d'approvisionnement agricole et alimentaire vient d’être publiée au Journal Officiel ce 17 avril 2019.

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Belgian competition authority raids retail chains

Belgian competition authority raids retail chains
22/05/2019

It was a blue Monday for a hand full of Belgian retailers on 20 May 2019 when the Belgian competition authority (BCA) conducted dawn raids on undertakings active in the retail distribution sector, which – according to the newpaper de Tijd – included Carrefour.

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Dénigrement en ligne : réagissez !

Dénigrement en ligne : réagissez !
09/05/2019

Le dénigrement en ligne constitue un mal répandu. Internet est aujourd’hui le premier outil d’orientation de la clientèle. Sans surprise, les entreprises en concurrence tentent de s’y démarquer. Au besoin, ces efforts prennent la forme de pratiques de dénigrement de leurs rivaux.

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Reform of Belgian Competition Law – Draft Bill Moves Forward

Reform of Belgian Competition Law – Draft Bill Moves Forward
17/04/2019

On 16 November 2018, the Belgian Council of Ministers adopted a draft Bill (the “Draft Bill”) bringing about a wholesale change of the competition law provisions of the Code of Economic Law (“CEL”) (see, Van Bael & Bellis on Belgian Business Law, Volume 2018, No. 11, p. 3, available at www.vbb.com). When the Belgian government became a caretaker government a few weeks later, the Draft Bill seemed moribund. However, members of parliament recently converted it into a private members’ bill which was introduced in the Federal Chamber of Representatives at the end of February 2019.

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Major change in the regulation of B2B relations- abuse of economic dependence and unfair terms between companies expressly prohibited

Major change in the regulation of B2B relations- abuse of economic dependence and unfair terms between companies expressly prohibited
10/04/2019

Starting from the observation that the current provisions of the Code of Economic Law would not make it possible to ensure an effective level of protection for companies in a position of weakness or even economic dependence on other companies

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