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The Belgium Administration adopts legislation transposing the EU directive on private antitrust damages

On June 6, 2017, Belgium adopted legislation ("Law") transposing the EU directive on private antitrust damages (Directive 2014/104, ("Directive")). The Law became applicable on June 22, 2017, and is expected to boost private competition law enforcement in Belgium and should enhance the full effectiveness of EU and Belgian competition rules. The Directive, adopted on November 26, 2014, should have been implemented by December 27, 2016. Belgium is thus one of the last EU countries to transpose the Directive into national law, following Member States such as France, Italy, and the United Kingdom. Private enforcement actions before Belgian courts have remained limited so far, notwithstanding some high-profile cases in the telecom, energy, and elevator sectors. The Law should encourage

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Alexandre G. Verheyden, Serge Clerckx, Laurent de Muyter, The Belgium Administration adopts legislation transposing the EU directive on private antitrust damages, 6 June 2017, e-Competitions Bulletin June 2017, Art. N° 84568

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