Agreement Of Cartel


On 8 October 2020, Advocate General Hogan published his Opinion in Pometon SpA v European Commission (Case C-440/19) in steel Abrasives. In its view, the GA recommends that the Court of Justice (“ECJ”) upheld the appeal in part, in so far as the General Court (…) One of the cartel members, ABB, headquartered in Switzerland, had escaped a fine for being a “whistleblower” and providing the Commission with decisive evidence. On 16 October 2020, the Romanian Government published Regulation No 170/2020 on actions for damages for infringements of the competition rules and amending and supplementing Romanian Law No 21/1996 on competition (the “Regulation”). The Regulation provides that infringements of cartels (…) A cartel is an organization resulting from a formal agreement between a group of producers of goods or services to regulate the supply of price regulation or manipulation. In other words, a cartel is a set of otherwise independent undertakings or countries that act together as if they were a single producer and can therefore fix the prices of the products they produce and the services they provide without competition. Today, pricing by individuals is illegal under the antitrust laws of more than 140 countries. Among the products of the international cartels pursued are lysine, citric acid, graphite electrodes and vitamins. [24] The conviction prevails in many countries that cartels run counter to free and fair competition, which is considered the backbone of political democracy. [25] Maintaining cartels is increasingly difficult for cartels. While international cartels cannot be regulated as a whole by individual nations, their individual activities in national markets are concerned. [26] The Competition and Consumer Act not only prohibits civil cartels, but also makes businesses and individuals punishable for participating in a cartel. Ex officio investigation into cartels and the use of screens to detect cartels, 2013 On 22 October 2020, the UK Competition and Market Supervisory Authority (“CMA”) and the UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (“MoU”) allowing both regulatory authorities to investigate and/or prosecute individuals in relation to cartels and abuse of dominant positions.

These include the that, as stated in the Memorandum of Understanding, the ACCC will consider the conduct it has examined to be serious cartel conduct if one or more of the following factors apply: on 6 October 2020, the Italian Supreme Administrative Court (Consiglio di Stato) ruled on appeals by the Italian Competition Authority and seven companies in a cartel case involving wide-handling in the audit and consulting. Confirmation of origin (…) The formation of cartels increased worldwide after World War I…

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