Belgian Competition Authority

Belgian Competition Authority (Brussels)

The Belgian Competition Authority (BCA) is responsible for safeguarding and promoting an effective competition on Belgian territory and taking part in the implementation of the European competition policy. In order to accomplish its appointed tasks, the BCA applies Book IV of the Code of Economic Law « Safeguard competition », also referred to as the Belgian Competition Act of 3 April 2013 (Belgian Official Gazette 26-04-2013) as well as the European Union competition rules, such as articles 101 and 102 of the EC treaty and EC Regulation 1/2003. The BCA applies Book V “Competition and the evolution of prices” of the Act, examines and may impose sanctions for restrictive practices (cartels, abuse of a dominant position and other restrictive practices). The BCA examines the admissibility of mergers that might have a noticeable effect on the market and works together with the other competition authorities and is part of the European Competition Network (ECN), the European Competition Authorities (ECA) and the International Competition Network (ICN).

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Belgian Competition Authority The Belgian Competition Authority clears a merger in the retail sector in stations and airports (International Duty Free / Lagardère Travel Retail)

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The Belgian Competition Authority approves the acquisition of International Duty Free S.A. by Lagardère Travel Retail S.A.S.* The Investigation and Prosecution Service of the Belgian Competition Authority (BCA) has approved on 12 September 2019 the acquisition of International Duty Free S.A. (...)

Belgian Competition Authority The Belgian Competition Authority fines the pharmacists’ order for trying to prevent the emergence of new competitors in the market (Orde der apothekers)

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The Competition College of the Belgian Competition Authority condemns “l’Ordre des pharmaciens – Orde der apothekers” for having tried to hinder the development of the MediCare-Market group and imposes a fine of 1 million euros* The Competition College of the Belgian Competition Authority (BCA) (...)

Belgian Competition Authority The Belgian Competition Authority refuses to impose an interim measure on a Meteorological Institute accused of abuse of dominance in the market of meteorogical data (Royal Meteorological Institute)

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The Competition College of the BCA has refused to impose an interim measure on the Royal Meteorological Institute as requested by The Great Circle* The Competition College of the Belgian Competition Authority (BCA) has refused on 15 February 2019 to impose an interim measure on the Belgian (...)

Belgian Competition Authority The Belgian Competition Authority closes several inquiries concerning restrictive practices in the travel sector and in the freight handlers in the Flemish ports

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The Investigation and Prosecution Service of the Belgian Competition Authority has closed several inquiries concerning restrictive practices on the one hand the travel sector and on the other hand the freight handlers in the Flemish ports* In the course of 2006, the College of Competition (...)

Belgian Competition Authority The Belgian Competition Authority imposes interim measures on a broadcaster in order to ensure the continuity of the FM broadcasts in execution of its public service mission (Norkring)

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The Competition College of the BCA imposed an interim measure on Norkring België* On 22 January 2019, the Competition College of the Belgian Competition Authority (BCA) imposed an interim measure on NV Norkring België (Norkring) in order to ensure the continuity of the FM broadcasts of VRT in (...)

Belgian Competition Authority The Belgian Competition Authority imposes interim measures on a manufacturer of lids for electricity meter boxes for possible abuse of dominance (ABB)

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The Competition College of the BCA imposes interim measures on ABB Industrial Solutions regarding lids for electricity meter boxes* On 3 September 2018, the Competition College of the Belgian Competition Authority (BCA) imposed interim measures, at the request of TECO NV, on ABB Industrial (...)

Belgian Competition Authority The Belgian Competition Authority fines equestrian competition organizers for lack of implementation of provisional measures (Fédération Equestre Internationale / GCT / GCL)

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The Competition College of the BCA imposed penalty payments on the FEI, the SPRL Global Champions League and the SPRL Tops Trading Belgium* The Competition College of the BCA has imposed on 13 April 2018 penalty payments on the Fédération Equestre Internationale, the SPRL Global Champions League (...)

Belgian Competition Authority The Belgian Competition Authority clears a merger subject to remedies in the market of garages for maintenance and repairs of trucks (Kant / Volvo)

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The Competition College of the BCA authorises conditionally the acquisition of garages of the group Kant by Volvo Group Belgium* The Competition College of the Belgian Competition Authority (BCA) has authorised on 31 January 2018 the acquisition of garages of Kant NV by Volvo Group Belgium NV. (...)

Belgian Competition Authority The Belgian Competition Authority rejects an application for interim measures concerning a merger in the brewery market (Alken-Maes / AB InBev / Bosteels)

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The Competition College of the BCA has rejected the application for interim measures of Alken-Maes versus AB InBev regarding the acquisition of Bosteels* The Competition College of the Belgian Competition Authority has rejected on 21 November 2016 the application for interim measures of (...)

Belgian Competition Authority The Belgian Competition Authority carries inspections at several undertakings active in the wholesale distribution of pharmaceutical and para-pharmaceuticals products to pharmacies

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The Belgian Competition Authority confirms inspections at several companies active in the wholesale distribution of pharmaceutical and para-pharmaceuticals products to pharmacies* The Investigation and Prosecution Service of the Belgian Competition Authority (hereafter “BCA”) confirms that the (...)

Belgian Competition Authority The Belgian Competition Authority clears a merger subject to remedies in the sector of newspapers distribution and delivery of small parcels (AMP / LS Distribution Benelux / bpost)

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The Competition College of the BCA has approved conditionally the acquisition of AMP and LS Distribution Benelux by bpost* The Competition College of the Belgian Competition Authority has on 8 November 2016 conditionally approved the acquisition of AMP NV and LS Distribution Benelux NV by (...)

Belgian Competition Authority The Belgian Competition Authority adopts a settlement decision concerning market sharing agreements concluded between SMEs in the regular river cruise sector (Dinant / Les Bateaux mouches)

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The Investigation & Prosecution Service of the Belgian Competition Authority adopts a settlement decision for market sharing agreements between SMEs in the regular river cruise sector and imposes a fine amounting to 64,100 euros* The Investigation & Prosecution Service of the Belgian (...)

Belgian Competition Authority The Belgian Competition Authority provisionally suspends an exclusivity clause of the general regulations of an international equestrian federation (FEI)

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The Competition College of the Belgian Competition Authority imposed on 27 July 2015 on the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) as a provisional measure the partial suspension with regard to the Global Champions League of the Exclusivity Clause in the article 113(4)-(6) of its General (...)

Belgian Competition Authority The Belgian Competition Authority rejects an appeal of a pharmacist who claimed an abuse of dominance by a competitor in the market of raw materials for magistral preparations and packaging material (Cuyckens / Omega Pharma)

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On 30 June 2015 the Competition College of the Belgian Competition Authority, rejected an appeal of pharmacist Cuyckens against a dismissal decision of the Investigation and Prosecution Service of 31 March 2015.* Mr Cuyckens filed on 20 November 2002 a complaint with the Competition Council (...)

Belgian Competition Authority The Belgian Competition Authority clears a merger on the markets for industrial scaffolding services and industrial isolation services already approved by the German and Dutch competition authorities (Hertel Holding / Altrad Investment Authority)

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On 8 June, the Competition College of the Belgian Competition Authority has, on proposal of the Competition prosecutor, cleared the acquisition of Hertel Holding NV by Altrad Investment Authority SAS* The acquisition concerns the markets for industrial scaffolding services and industrial (...)

Belgian Competition Authority The Belgian Competition Authority closes its investigation against an electricity supplier after finding no infringement of the competition rules (Electrabel / Lampiris)

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The Investigation and Prosecution Service of the Belgian Competition Authority closes its investigation regarding the incorporation by Electrabel of the opportunity cost of greenhouse gas emission allowances it had received free of charge in its wholesale price for electricity.* In a complaint (...)

Belgian Competition Authority The Belgian Competition Authority dismisses a complaint of an independent rough diamond dealer because of the low likelihood of finding an infringement taking into account the international context of the file (De Beers / Spira)

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The Prosecution body of the Belgian Competition Authority decides to dismiss the complaint of Spira against De Beers* The Prosecution body of the Belgian Competition Authority has decided to dismiss a complaint of Spira against De Beers. This decision is motivated by the priority management of (...)

Belgian Competition Authority The Belgian Competition Authority imposes fines on an electricity provider for having abused of its dominance in the market of the electricity production, wholesale and trade (Electrabel)

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Press Release published on the official website of the Belgian Competition Authority . Decision of the Competition College of the Belgian Competition Authority holding an infringement of the prohibition of abuse of a dominant position by Electrabel* The Competition College of the Belgian (...)

Belgian Competition Authority The Belgian Competition Authority orders interim measures against a car manufacturer on the distribution, repairs and maintenance car market (BMW Belux / Feltz)

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Press Release published on the official website of the Belgian Competition Authority . Decision of the Competition College of the Belgian Competition Authority granting interim measures in a case concerning the distribution, repairs and maintenance of BMW and MINI cars* On 11 July the (...)

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