The Belgian Competition Council imposes on national postal incumbent a fine of more than € 37 M for applying a rebate scheme that infringed EU and national competition laws (Bpost)

Belgium: Fine for Abuse of Dominance in Postal Sector* On 10 December 2012, the Competition Council (the Council) imposed on bpost (formerly called La Poste – De Post), the Belgian postal incumbent, a fine of € 37 399 786 for a rebate scheme called “model per sender” which was applied from January 2010 until July 2011 and infringed Belgian and EU competition rules. The Council found that bpost gave rebates in the context of the contracts it entered into with large clients (such as for example banks or companies active in sales by correspondence) and with intermediaries. The rebates awarded were either based on the volume of

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European Competition Network Brief, The Belgian Competition Council imposes on national postal incumbent a fine of more than € 37 M for applying a rebate scheme that infringed EU and national competition laws (Bpost), 10 December 2012, e-Competitions Bulletin December 2012, Art. N° 51188

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