The Belgian Parliament adopts legislation allowing the Competition Authority to establish and sanction abuses of economic dependence

On 21 March, the Belgian Parliament adopted legislation introducing a new concept of abuse of economic dependence in Belgian competition law. The new provision will allow the Belgian Competition Authority (BCA) to establish and sanction abuses without the need to establish market dominance, i.e. when a supplier is economically dependent on a buyer or vice-versa. The introduction of this new legislation – which was originally inspired by alleged abuses in the food distribution sector – has been debated for a number of years and is aimed at protecting smaller trading partners from vertical abuses. Similar legislation preventing abuse of relationships of economic dependence exists in a number of EU Member States, such as France, Germany, Austria, Portugal, Cyprus, Hungary and Italy. The

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  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Brussels)
  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Brussels)
  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Brussels)

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Tone Oeyen, Laurent Garzaniti, Thomas Janssens, The Belgian Parliament adopts legislation allowing the Competition Authority to establish and sanction abuses of economic dependence, 21 March 2019, e-Competitions Bulletin November 2019, Art. N° 92039

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