The EU Commission fines a beer company abusing its dominant position through restrictions of cross-border sales (AB InBev)

Antitrust: Commission fines AB InBev €200 million for restricting cross-border sales of beer* The European Commission has fined AB InBev €200 409 000 for breaching EU antitrust rules. AB InBev, the world's biggest beer company, has abused its dominant position on the Belgian beer market by hindering cheaper imports of its Jupiler beer from the Netherlands into Belgium. Margrethe Vestager, Commissioner in charge of competition policy, said: "Consumers in Belgium have been paying more for their favourite beer because of AB InBev's deliberate strategy to restrict cross border sales between the Netherlands and Belgium. Attempts by dominant companies to carve up the Single Market to maintain high prices are illegal. Therefore we have fined AB InBev €200 million for breaching our antitrust

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European Commission, The EU Commission fines a beer company abusing its dominant position through restrictions of cross-border sales (AB InBev), 13 May 2019, e-Competitions Bulletin June 2019, Art. N° 90615

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