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Christiaan van der Meer

Christiaan van der Meer joined Baker McKenzie’s Amsterdam office in 2005, where he is now a senior associate practicing EU and Dutch competition law. He has worked in the European & Competition Law Practice of the Firm’s Brussels office between 2009 and 2011.

On 15 October 2021, the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs announced that the Dutch government has revised its licensing policy for exports of military-related items to Turkey. This policy covers both military items within the meaning of the EU Common Military List and dual-use items in case of a military end-use. The changes were announced in a letter to Dutch Parliament.

Following the entry into force of the new EU Dual-Use Regulation 2021/821 last month (see also our recent post), the EU has introduced new document codes that need to be used on EU customs export declarations for exports and transits of dual-use items.
Notably, specific codes now apply depending on the relevant (type of) authorisation/licence. The old code “X002” (which was previously valid for all dual-use authorisations) has been replaced and cannot be used anymore.

The Dutch competition authority (“ACM”) has recently published a paper setting out its strategy and enforcement priorities relating to vertical agreements. The paper is available in English: The paper (re)confirms ACM’s lenient economic approach towards vertical restraints: ACM assumes that vertical restraints are generally pro-competitive in the absence of market power. This…