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    • 06/07/2020
    • Newsletters

    VBB on Competition Law, Volume 2020, No. 6

    The June 2020 issue of our newsletter, VBB on Competition Law, which covers major developments in competition law at both the European Union and Member State levels.

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    • 01/07/2020
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    European Commission’s White Paper on Levelling the Playing Field as regards Foreign Subsidies

    Key Takeaway: The EU (and Member States) may be given new, far-reaching powers to tackle the perceived harmful effects of third-country subsidies benefitting businesses operating in the EU. Remedies could be imposed limiting participation in all sectors of the internal market, including prohibiting businesses from making subsidised acquisitions and participating in public procurement in the EU. On 17 June 2020, the European Commission (the “Commission”) published a White Paper on how to respond to third countries giving subsidies to companies active in the EU (“foreign subsidies”). In an effort to level the playing field, the Commission proposes new tools to address what it perceives as unfair competition from foreign players in the EU’s internal market. The Commission considers that existing tools, in the areas of notably trade defence, competition law and public procurement, are insufficient to avoid distortions resulting from foreign subsidies. The proposed new tool box fits within the EU’s new policy of “open strategic autonomy”. It signals a more pro-active approach on the part of the EU in responding to unfair and abusive practices distorting the EU internal market and undermining the level playing field.

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    • 22/06/2020
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    VBB on Belgian Business Law, Volume 2020, No. 5

    The May 2020 issue of our Belgian Business Law newsletter reporting on the latest developments in a range of areas, including competition, data protection, intellectual property and labour law.

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    • 04/06/2020
    • Articles

    Covid-19 Special Alert │ 04 June 2020

    The VBB Alert covers Covid-19 related aspects of competition law at both the European Union and Member State levels, with a special focus on state aid measures in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and the UK.

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    • 28/05/2020
    • Newsletters

    VBB on Competition Law, Volume 2020, No. 5

    The May 2020 issue of our newsletter, VBB on Competition Law, which covers major developments in competition law at both the European Union and Member State levels.

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    • 22/05/2020
    • News

    Andrzej Kmiecik participates in ICC-Baker McKenzie 14th Annual Conference on Trends and Developments in Global Competition Law

    On 15 May 2020, Van Bael & Bellis partner and head of competition Andrzej Kmiecik participated in a panel discussing developments in international merger control at the 14th Annual Conference on Trends and Developments in Global Competition Law organised online by the London-based Interdisciplinary Centre for Competition Law and Policy and Baker McKenzie. Other members of the panel were: Chris Prevett, Senior Legal Director, Mergers, Markets & Sector Regulation, UK Competition and Markets Authority and Heather Johnson, Senior Counsel to the Director, US Federal Trade Commission. The panel was chaired by Eyad Maher Dabbah, Director and Professor, ICC, Queen Mary University of London. Further information on the conference is available here.

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    • 04/05/2020
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    VBB on Competition Law, Volume 2020, No. 4

    The April 2020 issue of our newsletter, VBB on Competition Law, which covers major developments in competition law at both the European Union and Member State levels.    Click below to view and download the issue.

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    • 04/05/2020
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    Covid-19 Special Alert │ 04 May 2020

    The VBB Alert covers Covid-19 related aspects of competition law at both the European Union and Member State levels, with a special focus on state aid measures in Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain as well as the UK.

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    • 21/04/2020
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    Covid-19 Special Alerts

    The VBB Alert covers Covid-19 related aspects of competition law at both the European Union and Member State levels, with a special focus on state aid measures in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom.

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