Competition law


The Omnibus Act: more transparency for consumers

The Omnibus Act: more transparency for consumers
22/06/2022

On 28 May 2022, the Belgian law transposing EU Directive 2019/2161 into the Code of Economic Law (CEL) entered into force (the “Omnibus Act”). The Omnibus Act aims to modernise consumer protection given the increasing development of e-commerce.

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The General Court of the EU confirms the recovery of aid to Tirrenia di Navigazione

The General Court of the EU confirms the recovery of aid to Tirrenia di Navigazione
21/06/2022

On 18 May 2022, the General Court of the EU confirmed the legality of the European Commission's decision of 2 March 2020 concerning the recovery of illegal and incompatible aid granted by Italy to the former Tirrenia di Navigazione SpA group for one of its subsidiaries

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The DMA is here – What’s next?

The DMA is here – What’s next?
13/06/2022

Following political agreement on the text in March, the DMA should enter into force in October 2022 and apply from Spring 2023 (see the latest public version here).

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Supply and distribution agreements | Adapted competition rules as from 1 June!

Supply and distribution agreements | Adapted competition rules as from 1 June!
01/06/2022

The European Commission has adopted a new Vertical Block Exemption Regulation (‘VBER’) accompanied by new Vertical Guidelines. This Regulation (EU/2022/720) enters into force on 1 June 2022.

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Ten key takeaways of the draft revision for the EU merger control procedure

Ten key takeaways of the draft revision for the EU merger control procedure
24/05/2022

Following its evaluation of procedural and jurisdictional aspects of EU merger control, on 6 May 2022 the European Commission published drafts for a revised Merger Implementing Regulation (including Form CO and Short Form CO drafts)

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EU Commission Adopts New Rules for Distribution Agreements: What’s to Come for Distribution Relationships in the Digital Age?

EU Commission Adopts New Rules for Distribution Agreements: What’s to Come for Distribution Relationships in the Digital Age?
18/05/2022

On May 10, 2022, the European Commission adopted the new Vertical Block Exemption Regulation (VBER) and accompanying Vertical Guidelines. The new rules take into account the specific challenges brought 

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The EU nears new rules to curb unfair competition from foreign subsidies

The EU nears new rules to curb unfair competition from foreign subsidies
16/05/2022

The EU is on course to secure new powers that will enable the Commission to review market-distorting subsidies from outside the block. The EC’s much debated proposal, published last year (see our reporting here), aims to fill a gap in the EC’s policy toolbox

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New Vertical Block Exemption Regulation – What are the main changes?

New Vertical Block Exemption Regulation – What are the main changes?
11/05/2022

On 10 May 2022, the EU Commission adopted new Vertical Block Exemption Regulation (“VBER”) and Vertical Guidelines following a thorough evaluation and review which started in 2018.

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The Belgian Competition Authority approves conditionally the acquisition of RTL Belgium and subsidiaries by DPG Media and Rossel Group

The Belgian Competition Authority approves conditionally the acquisition of RTL Belgium and subsidiaries by DPG Media and Rossel Group
04/04/2022

On 29 March 2022, the Belgian Competition Authority approved under conditions the acquisition by groups DPG Media NV and Rossel & Cie of joint control RTL Belgium SA, Audiopresse SA, New Contact SA, Radio H SA, RTL BELux SA and RTL BELux SA & Cie SECS and indirectly of IPB, Inadi SA and Cobelfra SA.

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Novelties in Belgian competition law

Novelties in Belgian competition law
21/03/2022

By Law of 28 February 2022, the Belgian legislator has transposed the ECN+ Directive that seeks to strengthen national competition authorities. Aside from other substantive changes to the Belgian competition law ruleboo

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