Competition law


Abuse of economic dependence: David’s new weapon against Goliath

Abuse of economic dependence: David’s new weapon against Goliath
18/06/2020

Article IV.2/1 of the Code of Economic Law will be entering into effect on 1 December 2020 at the latest. This provision prohibits the « abuse of economic dependence ». Yes, you read that correctly, it is not a question of "abuse of a dominant position", but rather "abuse of economic dependence", a new form of so-called « relative » abuse between trading partners. 

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Apple Pay passé au crible du droit de la concurrence

Apple Pay passé au crible du droit de la concurrence
17/06/2020

L’enquête porte sur les modalités, conditions et autres mesures imposées par Apple pour l’intégration d’Apple Pay dans les applications commerciales et les sites web commerciaux sur les iPhones et les iPads, sur la limitation instaurée par Apple de l’accès à la fonctionnalité de communication en champ proche (Near Field Communication, NFC) dite «tap and go» sur les iPhones pour les paiements en magasin, ainsi que sur des refus allégués d’accès à Apple Pay. L’Apple Store fait aussi l’objet d’une seconde enquête séparée.

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Belgium: new data protection decisions on complaints by opponents – next, competitors?

Belgium: new data protection decisions on complaints by opponents – next, competitors?
10/06/2020

he Belgian Data Protection Authority (BDPA) has just published two new decisions by its Litigation Chamber, in widely different cases: 

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The Belgian Competition Authority adapts its guidelines and communications in accordance with the law of 2 May 2019 amending certain provisions of the Code of economic law (CDE)

The Belgian Competition Authority adapts its guidelines and communications in accordance with the law of 2 May 2019 amending certain provisions of the Code of economic law (CDE)
05/06/2020

On 25 May 2020, the Belgian Competition Authority (“BCA”) issued a press release announcing the update of its leniency guidelines (effective on 22 May 2020) and the calculation of fines (effective on 25 May 2020).

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COVID-19: European Commission approves Wallon guarantee scheme

COVID-19: European Commission approves Wallon guarantee scheme
14/05/2020

The first Belgian aid schemes notified since the start of the COVID-19 crisis have been approved by the European Commission. On 9 April 2020 the Commission authorised a state guarantee scheme to support firms operating in the Flemish Region

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Priorities of the Belgian Competition Authority for 2020

Priorities of the Belgian Competition Authority for 2020
16/04/2020

On 26 March 2020, the Belgian Competition Authority issued its annual communication setting out its policy priorities for the current year.

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Antitrust law during the Coronavirus crisis

Antitrust law during the Coronavirus crisis
30/03/2020

In the context of the Coronavirus crisis, antitrust law must not be ignored. Companies, such as those in the supermarket or pharmaceutical sectors, that normally compete may have to cooperate in these exceptional circumstances

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Will Thomas Cook bankruptcy help Brussels Airlines to avoid a fine by the Belgian Competition Authority?

Will Thomas Cook bankruptcy help Brussels Airlines to avoid a fine by the Belgian Competition Authority?
02/03/2020

Thomas Cook Belgium and Brussels Airlines may escape fines from the Belgian Competition Authority (BCA) notwithstanding the conclusion of an agreement providing for anticompetitive practices according to the Investigation and Prosecution Service of the Authority. In August 2017, the BCA had opened an investigation into potential anticompetitive practices resulting from the conclusion of a "Commercial Service Agreement" between Thomas Cook Belgium and Brussels Airlines.

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Patent dispute settlements under scrutiny by the CJEU: the crossroads between IP & competition law

Patent dispute settlements under scrutiny by the CJEU: the crossroads between IP & competition law
25/02/2020

It is safe to say that on 30 January 2020, the Court of Justice of the European Union (hereafter the “CJEU”) handed down a landmark decision in EU IP and competition law. 

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The Belgian Competition Authority extends the simplified procedure on concentrations

The Belgian Competition Authority extends the simplified procedure on concentrations
03/02/2020

The Belgian competition authority (BCA) has extended the application of the simplified procedure on concentrations. In October 2019, the BCA organised a public consultation on its intention to adopt additional rules before their implementation.

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