No Dutch Franchise Code, but legislation on franchising

The Secretary of State has stated that  the Dutch Franchise Code (“NFC”) is not enshrined in law. However, there will be legislation on franchising. 

On 8 February 2018, the standing committee for Economic Affairs and Climate held consultations with Ms Keijzer, State Secretary for Economic Affairs and Climate, about  including the announced regulations on franchising. The coalition agreement also contains a phrase about this, namely that regulations must be introduced and that the “pre-competitive phase” must be included in legislation. 

The Secretary of State indicates that he is working on the regulations on franchising, but it has emerged that there is no agreement between franchisors and franchisees about the NFC. The State Secretary indicates that he has accepted this as an established fact. This seems to put an end to the question of whether the NFC will be legally enshrined, as was previously submitted to the public for consultation. 

The State Secretary announces that she will submit an elaboration of the regulations to the House of Representatives in an order in council (“AmvB”). This order in council will contain rules for the “pre-competitive phase” in franchising. She hopes to do so before the end of the year. 

mr. AW Dolphin  – franchise lawyer 

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