The Belgian Competition Authority issues an infringement decision for the imposition of minimum prices by the Belgian professional association of real estate agents and orders the publication of its decision (Professional Institute of Real Estate Agents)

I. The parties The Beroepsinstituut van Vastgoedmakelaars (hereinafter: “BIV”) is the Belgian professional association for real estate agents. BIV is responsible to regulate multiple aspects of the profession (such as fees) and to maintain standards and discipline in the profession. BIV membership is compulsory to exercise the profession. II. The facts From 1996 to 2004, BIV issued recommendations on minimum fees for real estate agents. BIV spread its recommendations via a brochure until 1998 when the recommendations were published on the Internet and on CD-ROM. BIV repeatedly specified that these minimum recommended fees were not binding. Following a report of the European Commission on the provision of professional services, BIV stopped its publications at the end of February 2004,

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Norman Neyrinck, Diego Smessaert, The Belgian Competition Authority issues an infringement decision for the imposition of minimum prices by the Belgian professional association of real estate agents and orders the publication of its decision (Professional Institute of Real Estate Agents), 26 August 2010, e-Competitions August 2010, Art. N° 47336

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