The following Competition guidance note Produced in partnership with Van Bael & Bellis provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:
A conversation with Valérie Lefever , associate in the Brussels office of specialist competition law firm Van Bael & Bellis on key issues on merger control in Belgium.
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In Belgium, merger control rules were first introduced by the Act on the Protection of Economic Competition on 5 August 1991. At that time, the Belgian thresholds included both a turnover and a market share threshold. The 1991 Act was subsequently replaced by the 1999 Act, which was in turn replaced by the 2006 Act on the Protection of Economic Competition. The 2006 Act introduced a number of important changes in the area of merger control, mainly due to the fact that the substantive test for reviewing mergers was aligned with the test introduced at the EU level by the EU Merger Regulation. On 3 April 2013, a new Act inserted the competition law regime into Book IV of the Belgian Code of Economic Law (CEL). The 2013 reform brought about procedural changes and established the current institutional structure of Belgian Competition
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