On March 7, 2022, changes to both the Belgian Code of Economic Law (CEL) as well as the Belgian Criminal Code (BCC) were published in the Belgian Official Gazette (Belgisch Staatsblad, Moniteur belge). The main changes include: Introducing a filing fee in notifications of concentrations Folding the rules and formalities relating to leniency programmes in the CEL and fine-tuning them Fine-tuning the provisions on the cooperation with other NCAs and the European Commission Expanding the circumstances in which periodic penalty payments and/or fines can be imposed Clarifying which turnover needs to be taken into account for purposes of calculating fines imposed on associations of undertakings and how such fines are to be collected Modifying the bid-rigging provision in the BCC to clarify
The Belgian Parliament transposes the ECN+ Directive into the national legislation and introduces filing fees in concentration notifications
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