The German FCO publishes a sector inquiry in cement and ready-mix concrete

German Federal Cartel Office publishes sector inquiry in cement and ready-mix concrete* The German Federal Cartel Office (“FCO”) has published its sector inquiry report in cement and ready-mix concrete. While the report targets the cement and ready-mix concrete sector and its particularities (e.g., cartel history, oligopolistic markets, vertical integration, homogenous products), it may provide some insights into the FCO’s approach in general, notably on when it views JVs as anticompetitive and towards joint bidding. The FCO’s sector inquiry deals with four main topics: divestitures of existing JVs in the market and the applicable criteria, joint bidding, potential price signaling and abusive practices. Divestiture of JVs As a result of the sector inquiry, the FCO has announced to

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Roman Zagrosek, The German FCO publishes a sector inquiry in cement and ready-mix concrete, 24 July 2017, e-Competitions Bulletin July 2017, Art. N° 84659

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