Spain: Point-system highway maintenance providers’ cartel

CNMC, the Spanish Competition Authority, has imposed a fine of EUR 59.67 million on 12 companies providing maintenance and management services for the country’s national highway networks. The firms were found to have manipulated tenders for road maintenance and operation services of the State Road Network between 2014 and 2018. In addition to the fines, […]

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Belgium: Pharmaceutical wholesalers sanctioned for collusion

On 18 February 2022, the Belgian Competition Authority (BCA) sanctioned two pharmaceutical wholesalers, imposing a total fine of EUR 29.8 million on Pharma Belgium-Belmedis SA, after a 40% reduction for cooperation. Febelco CV received immunity from fines for having disclosed the existence of the cartel. Belgium: Pharmaceutical wholesalers sanctioned for collusion This is the BCA’s […]

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Jedi Blue Agreement (Google / Facebook)

On 11 March, the European Commission and the Competition and Markets Authority of the United Kingdom announced investigations into a suspicious agreement between Google and Facebook (not yet Meta at that time) in September 2018 related to online advertising. Both agencies believe that the agreement may have breached their respective competition rules on anti-competitive agreements […]

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The Bundeskartellamt has conducted unannounced dawn raids at the German premises of cable manufacturers

In January 2022, the Bundeskartellamt conducted unannounced dawn raids at the German premises of cable manufacturers and other companies active in the market of cable manufacturing. According to the statements published by the companies, these inspections concern the undertakings Nexans, Leoni, and Prysmian. The undertakings declared their willingness to cooperate with the Bundeskartellamt. The Bundeskartellamt […]

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Illegal information exchange between cigarette manufacturers in the Netherlands and Belgium

On 29 September 2021, the Dutch Competition Authority fined tobacco manufacturers British American Tobacco (BAT), Philip Morris, Japan Tobacco International (JTI), and Imperial Tobacco 82 million euros for anti-competitively sharing confidential information about future prices. In the Netherlands, the infringement lasted from July 2008 to July 2011. On 1 October 2021, two days after the […]

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