CPI Talks… with Martijn Snoep

In this month’s edition of CPI Talks… we have the pleasure of speaking with Martijn Snoep, Chairman of the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (“ACM”).

Earlier in July 2020, the ACM released draft “Sustainability Agreements Guidelines.” These Guidelines include examples illustrating the opportunities for business collaboration that contributes to a sustainable society. The ACM is now presenting these Guidelines to national and international interest groups, businesses, academics, interested parties, and government authorities for consultation.

Thank you, Chairman Snoep, for sharing your time for this interview with CPI.

 

1. Why did you decide to publish these “Sustainability Agreements Guidelines”?

Sustainability – as a policy issue – has gained tremendous importance for the government and for us as multifunctional competition, consumer, telecoms, and energy authority over the years. And so has, in this slipstream, the call on businesses to take responsibility. Businesses increasingly want to take up this responsibility for the sake of the environment in general, and against global warming specifically. Lack of transparency and standards, first mover disadvantages and economies of scale sometimes require agreements among competitors. But competition rules may stand in the way or are at least perceived as a barrier for collective initiatives. Our present Guidelines on Competition Law and Sustainability of 2014 neither fully refle

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