Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)

Margot Vogels

Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
Associate

Margot Vogels focuses on Belgian business law, as well as all aspects of Belgian and EU competition law. Prior to joining Van Bael & Bellis, Margot worked as a trainee in the Food Task Force at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition. Margot also gained experience in competition law during an internship in the Beijing office of an international law firm, as well as during several internships in the Brussels offices of leading international law firms.

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Andreas Reindl, Margot Vogels The EU Court of Justice preliminarily rules that the ne bis in idem principle provides limited protection against sanctions following investigations of the same infringements of competition law (bpost) (Nordzucker)

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On 22 March 2022, the European Court of Justice (the “ECJ”) handed down two judgments highlighting that the European Union’s ne bis in idem principle – the equivalent to the protection against double jeopardy – provides only limited protection in competition law proceedings where the same conduct (...)

Margot Vogels The EU Court of Justice rules that an undertaking active in a particular market is able to act as an intervenor when a decision against a merger in that market is appealed (Fastweb / Iliad Italia)

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ECJ rules that an undertaking active in a market affected by a merger can intervene in the appeal of a merger clearance decision On 22 February 2022, the European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) granted telecoms operator Fastweb SpA leave to intervene in Case T-692/20 in support of Iliad Italia (Case (...)

Margot Vogels, Andreas Reindl The EU General Court rules that the Commission must ensure a “best placed” national competition authority can safeguard fundamental rights (Sped-Pro)

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In its Sped-Pro judgment of 9 February 2022, the General Court of the European Union (“General Court”) for the first time examined the impact of deficiencies in the rule of law in an EU Member State on determining which competition authority in the EU is best placed to examine a complaint (...)

Andreas Reindl, Margot Vogels, Barbara Monti, Victor-Emanuel Ion The EU General Court affirms EU Commission’s decision to accept ’light-touch’ commitments from a Russian gas exporter to avoid a fine for anticompetitive behaviour and reverses another Commission decision with similar facts because the rationale was inadequate (Gazprom / Polskie Górnictwo Naftowe i Gazownictwo)

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Gazprom: General Court confirms Commission’s commitment decision but annuls a decision based on similar grounds to reject a complaint against Gazprom On 2 February 2022, the General Court of the European Union (the “Court”) issued two judgments which follow the European Commission’s (the (...)

Margot Vogels, Andreas Reindl The EU Commission publishes its final report on the consumer Internet of Things ahead of the final ’DMA’ negotiations, indicating material competition concerns in digital assistant markets

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On 20 January 2022, the European Commission (“Commission”) issued its (short) final report on the sector inquiry into consumer Internet of Things (“Report”), along with an explanatory Commission staff working document. The Report identifies various practices that may limit competition and justify (...)

Margot Vogels, Andreas Reindl The EU General Court awards a telecommunications company €1.8 million in damages, finding that the Commission had wrongly refused to pay default interest on the portion of a fine that the company had initially paid for an infringement of competition rules (Deutsche Telekom)

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In a judgment of 19 January 2022, the General Court of the European Union (“Court”) awarded Deutsche Telekom AG (“DT”) € 1.8 million in damages, finding that the European Commission (“Commission”) had wrongly refused to pay default interest on the portion of a fine that DT had initially paid for an (...)

Margot Vogels, Andreas Reindl The EU Parliament and Council adopt amendments to the Commission’s proposal for negotiating the final text of the Digital Markets Act

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On 15 December 2021, the European Parliament (“Parliament”) adopted its position for negotiating the final text of the so-called Digital Markets Act (Regulation on contestable and fair markets in the digital sector)(“DMA”), shortly after the Council of the European Union (“Council”) had adopted its (...)

Margot Vogels, Andreas Reindl The EU Commission publishes draft guidelines on the application of EU competition law to collective agreements regarding working conditions of solo self-employed persons

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On 9 December 2021, the European Commission (“Commission”) approved a draft communication containing guidelines on the application of EU competition law to collective agreements regarding the working conditions of solo self-employed persons (“Draft Guidelines”). The Draft Guidelines reflect the (...)

Andreas Reindl, Margot Vogels, Emma Janson The EU Commission publishes a Communication on a competition policy which would support the transition to a sustainable, digital, and resilient European economy

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On 18 November 2021, the European Commission (“Commission”) published a communication on a competition policy fit for new challenges (“Communication”). There has been a significant push toward a more European Union-centred industrial policy which would support the transition to a sustainable, (...)

Andreas Reindl, Margot Vogels, Barbara Monti The EU General Court confirms that “self-preferencing” by a Big Tech company can infringe Article 102 TFEU (Google Shopping)

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On 10 November 2021, the European General Court (“EGC” or “Court”) delivered its landmark Google Shopping judgment, the first judicial pronouncement on “self-preferencing” as a viable theory of harm under Article 102 TFEU. The EGC fully endorsed the European Commission’s (“Commission”) decision that (...)

Kris Van Hove, Margot Vogels The EU Court of Justice hands down a judgment following a request for a preliminary ruling on the interpretation of Article 7(2) of 1215/2012 on the jurisdiction, recognition, and enforcement of judgments in civil and commercial matters (RH / Volvo)

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On 15 July 2021, the Court of Justice of the European Union (“ECJ”) handed down a judgment following a request for a preliminary ruling on the interpretation of Article 7(2) of 1215/2012 on jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgments in civil and commercial matters (“Brussels (...)

Andrzej Kmiecik, Andreas Reindl, Valérie Lefever, Margot Vogels The EU Commission publishes the draft revised Vertical Block Exemption Regulation and draft revised Guidelines on Vertical Restraints

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On 9 July 2021, the European Commission (“Commission”) published the draft revised Vertical Block Exemption Regulation (“Draft VBER”) and draft revised guidelines on vertical restraints (“Draft VGL”), a key step in the context of the revision of the current regime governing vertical agreements, set (...)

Andreas Reindl, Margot Vogels The EU Commission publishes an inception impact assessment about potential revisions to the research and development block exemption regulation and the specialisation block exemption regulation

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In the course of the ongoing review of the application of the EU competition rules to horizontal cooperation agreements, the European Commission (“Commission”) published on 7 June 2021 an inception impact assessment (“IIA”) in relation to potential revisions to the Research and Development Block (...)

Maria-Olga Papadopoulou, Margot Vogels, Andreas Reindl The French Competition Authority accepts proposed settlement with a Big Tech company regarding online advertising practices and imposes a €220M fine for self-preferencing in the market for online display advertising (Google AdX / Google DoubleClick for Publishers)

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In a decision of 7 June 2021, the French Competition Authority (“FCA”) accepted a proposed settlement by Google LLC and Google Ireland Ltd (“Google”) with respect to certain online advertising practices. The decision also imposed a € 220 million fine on Google as it concluded that Google’s (...)

Margot Vogels The EU Commission publishes a summary of the contributions from the national competition authorities to the impact assessment of the new competition tool

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Earlier this year, the European Commission (the “Commission”) proposed a “new competition tool” (“NCT”) to address structural competition problems. Stakeholders could express their views on the need for an NCT and its design as part of an impact assessment and an open consultation until 8 September (...)

Margot Vogels, Andrzej Kmiecik, Helga Gudmundsdottir The Paris Court of Appeal upholds the dismissal of a French car repairers’ complaints against a car manufacturer’s alleged discrimination in determining membership of its authorised repair network (Hyundai)

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On 4 June 2020, the Competition Chamber of the Paris Court of Appeal (the “Court”) handed down a judgment dismissing the appeal filed by three car repairers (the “Claimants”) against a decision of the French Competition Authority (the “FCA”) to reject their complaint against Hyundai Motor France (...)

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