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The EU Court of Justice confirms that not all practices by agricultural producer organisations and their associations are automatically excluded from the application of competition rules (Endive Producers)

Under certain strict conditions, agricultural producers can coordinate their pricing and quantities without risk of falling foul of the EU competition rules. However, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has recently confirmed that not all practices by agricultural producer organisations and their associations are automatically excluded from the application of those rules: "The common organisations of the markets in agricultural products are not a competition-free zone''. Speed read The EU's common agricultural policy (CAP) takes precedence over its competition objectives, and certain behaviour and practices which might otherwise be considered as anticompetitive are excluded from the scope of the EU competition rules.1 But, in responding to questions asked by France's highest court,

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  • Baker McKenzie (London)
  • Baker McKenzie (Brussels)

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Luis A. Gomez, Rachel Cuff, The EU Court of Justice confirms that not all practices by agricultural producer organisations and their associations are automatically excluded from the application of competition rules (Endive Producers), 14 November 2017, e-Competitions Bulletin November 2017, Art. N° 85382

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