The Belgian parliament adopts law regarding abuse of economic dependency prohibiting unfair, misleading and aggressive practices between undertakings

On 21 March 2019, the Belgian parliament adopted a law (i) expanding the scope of Belgian competition law to also cover abuses of economic dependency, (ii) introducing a greylist and a blacklist of clauses in B2B agreements and (iii) prohibiting certain unfair, misleading and/or aggressive market practices in a B2B context. Abuse of economic dependency The law - which amends the Belgian Code of Economic Law (CEL) - introduces a new area of enforcement of Belgian competition law. It makes the abuse of economic dependency of one or more undertakings which could result in anticompetitive effects on the Belgian market or a substantial part thereof illegal. The new prohibition requires the following elements to be present: The existence of economic dependency This condition concerns

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Evert Van Baelen, Mathieu Vancaillie, Koen Platteau, The Belgian parliament adopts law regarding abuse of economic dependency prohibiting unfair, misleading and aggressive practices between undertakings, 21 March 2019, e-Competitions Bulletin April 2019, Art. N° 89936

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