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Strategy and enforcement priorities with regard to vertical agreements

Netherlands Authority for Consumers & Markets, Strategy Paper, 2015

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With this strategy paper, ACM provides insight into its strategy and enforcement priorities with regard to vertical agreements. These are agreements between suppliers and buyers. In its enforcement actions, ACM particularly focuses on those agreements that negatively affect consumers. The rapid growth of online distribution and the different levels of enforcement activities across EU member states prompted questions from stakeholders on ACM’s position. This paper addresses these questions by combining the legal framework and economic insights. ACM’s priority setting is further illustrated with five practical scenarios.

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