October / November 2000

Belgium: The revised merger control regime one year on

01 October 2000

An important reform of Belgian competition law entered into force in October 1999. The main aims of the law as far as mergers are concerned were to improve legal certainty by focusing on transactions with close links to Belgium and, more generally, to meet the needs of industry. After almost a year of application, most of those aims seem to have been achieved. However, although the institutional aspects of the reform made a good start in January, some new hurdles have recently appeared and Belgium still needs to improve its institutional structures to ensure an effective competition policy.