The Brussels Court of Appeal grants a stay of execution of a Competition Council decision to withdraw merger remedies (Kinepolis)

Background information In 1997, the Kinepolis Group was set up in a merger between Groep Bert and Groep Claeys to be active both as cinema operator and to a lesser extent as film distributor. Through the merger the Kinepolis Group would become the dominant player in cinema in Belgium facing competitors of considerably smaller size only. The merger was notified to the Competition Service of the Belgian Ministry of Economic Affairs and subsequently approved by the Belgian Competition Council under a number of conditions. These were partly based on commitments made by the parties concerned. Four conditions were imposed, the first and last of which were based on commitments proposed by Kinepolis. The first condition was intended to guarantee non-discriminatory treatment of competing

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Maarten Peeters, The Brussels Court of Appeal grants a stay of execution of a Competition Council decision to withdraw merger remedies (Kinepolis), 23 August 2007, e-Competitions August 2007, Art. N° 16009

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