On 30 July 2019, the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy launched an internet consultation on the proposed implementation of Directive 2019/1. This Directive aims to empower national competition authorities to be more effective enforcers and to ensure the proper functioning of the internal market.
According to the consultation materials (made available only in Dutch) the Directive will impact the way the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) supervises and how it cooperates with foreign competition authorities. It is stated that the impact on Dutch companies will be limited. The proposed rules will however affect companies that are active in other EU Member States since ACM will have the competence to enforce penalties imposed by national competition authorities of other EU Member States.
As a consequence, undertakings (also) operating outside the Netherlands could have their operations affected. For example, ACM will have the competence to take measure to collect fines or penalty payments imposed by other EU competition authorities.
The online consultation runs until 11 September 2019.