Organisation: Belgian Competition Authority

Merger abandoned due to Belgian and Dutch competition probes

A food company has abandoned its plan to acquire two meat processing businesses after competition authorities in Belgium and the Netherlands raised significant antitrust concerns.

05 June 2023

Belgium considers first merger block

The Belgian Competition Authority’s investigative arm has called on the agency to stop a national meat processor from acquiring two subsidiaries of a Mexican multinational food company, which would mark the enforcer’s first prohibition since it was formed in 2013.

12 May 2023

Brussels court rejects challenge to RTL Belgium takeover

A pair of companies have lost their appeal against the Belgian Competition Authority's decision to conditionally allow the €250 million joint takeover of broadcaster RTL’s national subsidiary.

05 May 2023

Belgium considers novel interim measures in abuse of dominance merger probe

The head of the Belgian Competition Authority’s investigative unit has urged the agency’s decision-making arm to impose an interim injunction pausing Proximus’ integration with edpnet as it progresses a landmark abuse of dominance probe into the merger.

21 April 2023

Belgium closes JV probe after parties voluntarily remove conflict concerns

Belgium’s Competition Authority has closed an investigation into a telecommunications joint venture after the parties voluntarily assuaged concerns over the new entity’s potential indirect ownership by local municipalities.

19 April 2023

Belgium blesses first sustainability initiative in banana sector

The Belgian Competition Authority has approved a collaboration between a sustainable trade association and five supermarkets that seeks to improve wages across the banana supply chain, marking the enforcer’s first approval of such an agreement on sustainability grounds.

31 March 2023

Belgium opens abuse probe into below-threshold merger

Belgium’s Competition Authority has launched an abuse of dominance investigation into Proximus’s €20.5 million acquisition of a rival, less than a week after the European Court of Justice blessed such probes.

23 March 2023

Belgium ends probe into joint venture after “remarkable” cooperation with sector regulator

The Belgian Competition Authority has closed an investigation into a network-sharing agreement between two of the country’s biggest telecommunications companies after the businesses implemented several recommendations from the country’s telecoms regulator to assuage its competition concerns.

01 February 2023

Steenbergen steps down as Belgian antitrust chief but successor yet to be named

Jacques Steenbergen, the Belgian Competition Authority’s first head since it became an independent agency in 2013, left the post yesterday amidst the government’s inability to appoint his replacement since his mandate expired four years ago.

01 February 2023

Belgium re-issues fine against Caudalie

The Belgian Competition Authority has re-imposed a resale price maintenance fine on Caudalie, just over a year after a local court annulled the watchdog’s earlier infringement decision against the skincare company due to procedural errors.

23 January 2023

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