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NMa 2011 Annual Report

15-03-2012

For the first time ever, the Netherlands Competition Authority (NMa) has released its Annual Report in an online format (in Dutch). The 2011 Annual Report features a selection of the NMa’s most important news and facts of 2011. The 2011 edition offers readers and viewers the same information as did previous annual reports, but the online format puts viewers in charge of how they want the information be presented to them. The online format makes it easier to read and search the annual report.

2011 was a special year for the NMa with the announcement by the Dutch government to consolidate the NMa, the Netherlands Independent Postal and Telecommunications Authority (OPTA), and the Netherlands Consumer Authority into the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) on January 1, 2013. Chris Fonteijn, Chairman of the Board of the NMa and Chairman designate of the ACM, adds: ‘The ACM will make history as an authority that combines three areas: consumer protection, industry-specific regulation, and competition oversight. The NMa, OPTA and CA are currently working hard laying the foundations of the ACM. We keep the strengths of each of the three constituent organizations, while enhancing one another by combining our knowledge and expertise. It is my ambition to have the ACM be more than just the sum of its parts.’

The NMa in 2011 made the headlines on a number of occasions. For example, the NMa made things clearer in the mortgage market, and it took actions against cartels in the foreclosure auctions market. With regard to energy, the NMa looked at, among other things, reliability of energy price comparison websites, and misleading door-to-door selling practices by an energy supplier. Furthermore, the NMa believes that health insurers should decide what hospital can perform what treatments. This was the key message that 150 hospital and insurance executives heard at a conference in 2011, jointly organized by the NMa, the Dutch Healthcare Authority  (NZa), and the Dutch Hospitals Association  (NVZ). In the fall, the NMa organized a roundtable discussion on sustainability. Together with representatives from the corporate sector, the NMa will examine how it can take away any uncertainties regarding antitrust rules. In early 2013, the NMa will release its final annual report.