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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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Reform of Belgian Competition Law: Draft Bill

Reform of Belgian Competition Law: Draft Bill
13/12/2018

On 16 November 2018, the Belgian Council of Ministers adopted a draft Bill (the “Draft Bill”) amending numerous competition law provisions of the Belgian Code of Economic Law (“CEL”).

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Hoe vrij ben je als dominante onderneming bij het bepalen van je prijzen?

Hoe vrij ben je als dominante onderneming bij het bepalen van je prijzen?
04/10/2018

Je werkt voor een bedrijf dat de onbetwiste marktleider is in zijn branche. In een poging om deze marktpositie optimaal te benutten, stel je aan de raad van bestuur voor om de prijzen aanzienlijk te verhogen voor die producten waarin je bedrijf het grootste marktaandeel heeft. Je maakte de nodige berekeningen en verwacht belangrijke financiële opbrengsten van zulk een verhoging.

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Belgian Competition Authority consults on draft guide on the exchange of information on markets and prices

Belgian Competition Authority consults on draft guide on the exchange of information on markets and prices
20/09/2018

On 12 September 2018, the Belgian Competition Authority (“BCA”) published its draft guide on the exchange of information on markets and prices, and has submitted it to a public consultation.

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Betere wettelijke bescherming van bedrijfsgeheimen

Betere wettelijke bescherming van bedrijfsgeheimen
14/09/2018

Op 24 augustus 2018 trad de wet van 30 juli 2018 betreffende de bescherming van bedrijfsgeheimen in werking. De wet is de omzetting van een Europese richtlijn en biedt ondernemingen een uitgebreid arsenaal aan actiemogelijkheden om niet-openbaar gemaakte knowhow en bedrijfsinformatie (bedrijfsgeheimen) te beschermen tegen onrechtmatige verkrijging, gebruik en openbaarmaking ervan. 

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Belgian Supreme Court: joint lobbying activities do not constitute restriction of competition

Belgian Supreme Court: joint lobbying activities do not constitute restriction of competition
13/09/2018

On 22 June 2018, the Belgian Supreme Court confirmed an earlier judgment of the Brussels Court of Appeal annulling a decision of the Belgian Competition Authority (“BCA”) that imposed a fine on a group of cement companies for allegedly anti-competitive joint lobbying efforts vis-à-vis the Belgian public authorities.

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