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2013 reform of the Belgian competition law

September 2013 has seen the entry into force of the new Belgian Competition Act; The main innovation is the introduction of the Belgian Competition Authority, a single and independent administrative body, but with an internal functional separation between investigative and decision-making competences. The Authority comprises a President, a Steering Committee, a College of Prosecutors and a Competition College, which is the decision-making body. The new Act introduces a settlement procedure. It provides that administrative fines can be imposed on individuals. The Act also grants to the Auhority certain powers in the field of price control.

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. I. Introduction 1. The laws of 3 April 2013 [1]reforming the rules for the application of competition law in Belgium came into force on 6 September 2013 [2]. The new Belgian Competition Authority, a single administrative service replacing the Competition Service and the Competition Council, was therefore established on that date. Now incorporated in the Code of Economic Law ("CDE"), the rules on the protection of competition proper are accompanied by provisions on price developments which contain a potentially generalised control of the prices of goods and services in Belgium. This article is not intended to be a commentary on the new law, but gives an

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Bernard van de Walle de Ghelcke, 2013 reform of the Belgian competition law, December 2013, Concurrences N° 4-2013, Art. N° 57385, p. 201

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