The Dutch Government issues policy directions on the application of the Dutch equivalent of Article 101(3) TFEU in respect of sustainability initiatives

Art 101(3) and sustainability – new developments in the Netherlands* On 6 May, the Dutch government issued a set of policy directions (“Directions”) to the Dutch competition authority (“ACM”) concerning the application of the Dutch equivalent of Article 101(3) TFEU in respect to sustainability initiatives. Around the same time, ACM published a Vision Document setting out how the authority intends to implement the Directions in practice. Both documents raise interesting issues on the application of Article 101(3), and corresponding national laws, on sustainability initiatives, and in particular on the question of how to assess the consumer benefits of such initiatives. Sustainability is a hot topic as an increasing number of companies seek to do business in a way that avoids compromising

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Jan Peter van der Veer, The Dutch Government issues policy directions on the application of the Dutch equivalent of Article 101(3) TFEU in respect of sustainability initiatives, 6 May 2014, e-Competitions May 2014, Art. N° 66424

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