The Belgian Parliament adopts law regarding abuse of economic dependence and unfair, misleading and aggressive practices between undertakings

On 21 March 2019, the Belgian parliament adopted a law (i) expanding the scope of Belgian competition law to also cover abuses of economic dependence, (ii) introducing a greylist and a blacklist of clauses in B2B agreements and (iii) prohibiting certain unfair, misleading and/or aggressive market practices in a B2B context. On 24 May 2019, this law was published in the Belgian Official Gazette. Abuse of economic dependence The law - which amends the Belgian Code of Economic Law (CEL) - introduces a new area of enforcement of Belgian competition law. It makes the abuse of economic dependence of one or more undertakings which could result in anticompetitive effects on the Belgian market or a substantial part thereof illegal. The new prohibition requires the following elements to be

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Evert Van Baelen, Mathieu Vancaillie, Koen Platteau, The Belgian Parliament adopts law regarding abuse of economic dependence and unfair, misleading and aggressive practices between undertakings, 21 mars 2019, e-Competitions March 2019, Art. N° 90708

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