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COURTS NOT REQUIRED TO APPLY ARTICLE 81(3) IF PARTIES FAIL TO INVOKE IT

ON MAY 15 2009 THE SUPREME COURT RULED THAT THE BELGIAN COURTS CAN FIND - ON THE BASIS OF ARTICLE 81(2) OF THE EC TREATY - THAT CLAUSES IMPOSING AN EXCLUSIVE PURCHASE OBLIGATION OF MORE THAN FIVE YEARS ARE VOID WITHOUT HAVING TO INVOKE AN INDIVIDUAL EXEMPTION UNDER ARTICLE 81(3) ON THEIR OWN INITIATIVE. THE DECISION CALLS INTO QUESTION THE PUBLIC POLICY NATURE OF ARTICLE 81(3).

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