The Belgian Supreme Court confirms Lower Courts’ rulings that appreciable affectation of competition and of trade between member states as required by Article 101 TFEU can be treated implicitly without failing to meet the required burden of proof (Fiat / Fortis Bank / TCI Auto Service)

I. The facts On 15 September 1993, an exclusive motor vehicle distribution agreement was signed between Fiat Group Automobiles Belgium NV and TCI Auto Service NV, as a result of which TCI was granted the exclusive distributorship for a number of towns. Fortis Bank NV gave a first call guarantee that could be called upon by Fiat when TCI did not respect its contractual obligations. When Fiat called upon the guarantee, both Fortis Bank NV and TCI claimed that the guarantee could not be executed as it was based on an illegal contract. Indeed, defendants claimed that the

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Hendrik Viaene, The Belgian Supreme Court confirms Lower Courts’ rulings that appreciable affectation of competition and of trade between member states as required by Article 101 TFEU can be treated implicitly without failing to meet the required burden of proof (Fiat / Fortis Bank / TCI Auto Service), 24 février 2012, e-Competitions February 2012, Art. N° 57251

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