The European, Middle Eastern and African Antitrust Review 2017

Belgium: Competition Authority

30 September 2013

2015 was first of all a year of settlements. The Investigation and Prosecution Service concluded a major cartel case (18 parties – all major distribution chains and a number of multinationals) with a settlement less than two years after the enactment of the rules on settlements and in which the parties accepted to pay a total fine of €174 million. It also settled an abuse case within two years of its opening with a substantial fine. This confirms, in the author’s opinion, that the introduction of the settlement procedure is one of the most important contributions of the 2013 reform to the enforcement of the competition rules in Belgium.

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