The EU Commission decides that an international sport association’s eligibility rules breached EU competition law (International Skating Union)

Introduction On December 8, 2017, the European Commission (“Commission”) decided that the International Skating Union’s (“ISU”) Eligibility rules (“Rules”) breached EU competition law. [1] The Rules provided that an athlete could be sanctioned for participating in an event not authorized by the ISU. The Commission thus examined whether the Rules unlawfully restrict competition under Article 101 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (“TFEU”), by establishing a pre-authorization procedure for third parties organizers and imposing sanctions on athletes who participate in unauthorized events. The Commission Decision (“Decision”) concluded that the Rules restrict competition by object and effect, and ordered the ISU to change its Rules. After setting out the factual and legal

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Romano F. Subiotto QC, The EU Commission decides that an international sport association’s eligibility rules breached EU competition law (International Skating Union), 8 December 1017, e-Competitions Bulletin December 2017, Art. N° 88192

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