The Belgian Competition Authority decides not to take further action in press distribution services as exclusivity clauses were ceased and no abuse of dominance was found (VZW / AMP)

On June 22, 2017, the investigatory body of the Belgian Competition Authority (hereafter, “the Auditorat”) decided to take no further action against AMP, after receiving a complaint from ASBL Prodipresse, VZW Vlaamse Federatie van Persverkopers and VZW Buurtsuper.be about exclusivity clauses in contracts between AMP and publishers on the one hand, and about the contractual relations between AMP and its distributors on the other hand. Factual and legal context AMP is a vertically integrated company dealing with the distribution of newspapers and periodicals to press distributors (hereafter, “resellers”). It acts as an intermediary between publishers and resellers, which are in direct contact with consumers. On December 1, 2017, AMP was acquired by bpost and became one of its subsidiaries

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  • Janson Baugniet (Brussels)

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Laurent Thiry, The Belgian Competition Authority decides not to take further action in press distribution services as exclusivity clauses were ceased and no abuse of dominance was found (VZW / AMP), 22 June 2017, e-Competitions Bulletin June 2017, Art. N° 89601

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