August / September 1999

Netherlands: End in sight for Dutch book cartel

01 August 1999

General conditions laying down fixed prices for foreign books have been judged to be in breach of the Dutch Competition Act. The importers who unsuccessfully defended the fixed prices made reference to an exemption under the old competition regulation in which the fixed prices for domestic books were upheld. The negative decision of the Dutch Competition Authority on fixed prices for foreign books makes clear that fixed prices for domestic books could also be jeopardised in the future, which would mean the end of the socalled Dutch book cartel.