Abuse of dominance Article 24 of the Dutch Competition Act prohibits the abuse of a dominant position. Whereas the TFEU provides a number of examples of abuse of a dominant position (such as the imposition of unfair purchase or selling prices and the application of different conditions to equivalent transactions with other trading parties), the Dutch Competition Act does not set out any specific category of abusive conduct.

The Dutch prohibition of abuse of a dominant position does not provide for any exemptions, but does lay down the possibility of obtaining a specific waiver. Article 25 of the Dutch Competition Act indicates that a waiver may be granted upon request to undertakings entrusted with the supply of services of general economic interest.

Having a dominant position on a certain market is in itself not prohibited. Only the abuse of such a position is prohibited under Dutch competition law.

Joost Houdijk

Advocaat, AKD

Joost Houdijk maakt deel uit van de praktijkgroep Europees en Mededingingsrecht van AKD. Hij is werkzaam in Brussel en regelmatig op de andere vestigingen van AKD in Nederland. Joost adviseert en vertegenwoordigt cliƫnten op het gebied van het Europees en mededingingsrecht.


Met 220 bevlogen advocaten, notarissen en belastingadviseurs is AKD een van de grootste kantoren in Nederland. Thuis in vrijwel alle rechtsgebieden, zowel nationaal als internationaal.