On 22 December, the Dutch Parliament approved a legislative amendment as a result of which the maximum personal fines that can be imposed following violations of the Competition Act (and also of similar acts such as the Postal Act, the Telecommunications Act, the Railway Act, the Passenger Transportation Act and the Gas and Electricity Act) are tremendously increased: (more…)
The Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) has published its report following a study carried out into the effects of three supermarket mergers. No price effects were found. However, a small effect on product variety was found. The report can be found here.
The Dutch Authority for Consumers and Markets recently published a brochure ‘a visit of ACM’ that provides insight in its investigative powers and describes what undertakings can expect when faced with a dawn raid. Clicking on this link will bring you to the brochure, which is unfortunately only available in Dutch – we will publish the outlines of the brochure asap.