The Brussels Court of Appeal upholds the Belgian Competition Authority’s decision to fine a French media distributor for operating an abusive rebate scheme (Presstalis)

In a judgment of 27 September 2013, the Brussels Court of Appeal upheld the decision of the Belgian Competition Council imposing a fine of € 245,530 on Presstalis for operating an abusive rebate scheme. Presstalis, previously known as Nouvelles Messageries de la Presse Parisienne, is a French media distributor, active in the market for the export of French press products to other countries, including Belgium. In a decision of 30 July 2012, the Belgian Competition Council held that Presstalis abused its dominant position on this market by applying a rebate scheme, which had exclusivity and fidelity-inducing features. The rebate scheme, called “BSC”, was applied from April 2000 to October 2004 and consisted in a retroactive rebate of 2.5% granted to publishers that entrusted Presstalis

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Johan Van Acker, Clara Van Hemelrijck, The Brussels Court of Appeal upholds the Belgian Competition Authority’s decision to fine a French media distributor for operating an abusive rebate scheme (Presstalis), 27 September 2013, e-Competitions September 2013, Art. N° 59427

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