Trends for 2021

This autumn we are again sending you a summary of the main developments in the fields of competition law, economic regulation, public procurement law and consumer law. The investigation of cartels is again high on ACM’s agenda. More dawn raids and higher fines are likely. Digitisation is causing supervisory authorities to increasingly focus on abuse of a dominant position. Market players are increasing calling for a less stringent dominance test in the digital economy. Legislation is in the pipeline to allow competition authorities to curb the power of large digital platforms. Despite the Corona crisis, mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures are under increasing scrutiny. Innovative procurement is gaining ground in the field of procurement law. A new era is furthermore dawning in which the power of innovation is being harnessed for a greener agriculture and food sector. That is easier said than done, and what role do the competition authorities play in that regard? Consumer protection also remains one of ACM’s spearheads. COVID-19 is causing ACM to tighten its supervision, to prevent the crisis from being used as a licence to con consumers. The costs of and access to expensive medicines and medical devices is also receiving a lot of political attention. In light of the financial problems in the healthcare sector, the healthcare contracting process between healthcare procurement officers and healthcare providers is playing an increasingly important role. The same applies to the supervision of the healthcare procurement process by the NZa (Dutch Healthcare Authority) and ACM (Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets). The rulings of the courts on realistic rates in the healthcare sector will be crucial also in 2021. In sum, 2021 promises to be an interesting year for economic market regulation. We have listed the main trends for you.


This autumn we are again sending you a summary of the main developments in the fields of competition law, economic regulation, public procurement law and consumer law. The investigation of cartels is again high on ACM’s agenda. More dawn raids and higher fines are likely. Digitisation is causing supervisory authorities to increasingly focus on abuse of a dominant position. Market players are increasing calling for a less stringent dominance test in the digital economy. Legislation is in the pipeline to allow competition authorities to curb the power of large digital platforms. Despite the Corona crisis, mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures are under increasing scrutiny.

Innovative procurement is gaining ground in the field of procurement law. A new era is furthermore dawning in which the power of innovation is being harnessed for a greener agriculture and food sector. That is easier said than done, and what role do the competition authorities play in that regard? Consumer protection also remains one of ACM’s spearheads. COVID-19 is causing ACM to tighten its supervision, to prevent the crisis from being used as a licence to con consumers. The costs of and access to expensive medicines and medical devices is also receiving a lot of political attention. In light of the financial problems in the healthcare sector, the healthcare contracting process between healthcare procurement officers and healthcare providers is playing an increasingly important role. The same applies to the supervision of the healthcare procurement process by the NZa (Dutch Healthcare Authority) and ACM (Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets). The rulings of the courts on realistic rates in the healthcare sector will be crucial also in 2021.

In sum, 2021 promises to be an interesting year for economic market regulation. We have listed the main trends for you.

Trends 2021

01 Detecting of cartels high on ACM’s agenda
More dawn raids and higher fines. >
02 Monopolies and dominant positions: focus on digital economy
Regulators point arrows at online platforms. >
03 In-depth merger control continues
Strict merger control remains despite coronacrisis. >
04 Public procurement: innovation partnership gaining ground
A new approach to procurement aimed at achieving policy objectives. >
05 Agri, food and sustainability: who pays for the greening?
ACM and Commission spoilsport or guide the road towards a sustainable industry. >
06 Healthcare sales in Corona times
Role of ACM, NZa and the courts. >
07 Accessibility medicines and medical devices in spotlights
Close watch on the pharmaceutical sector and the duty of care of health insurers. >
08 Consumer protection: a key priority at ACM
New regulations, higher fines and more legal actions. >
09 Procurement Experts Committee confirms: Corona is an unforeseen circumstance
Due to the coronacrisis, tendered contracts may be amended. >

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