A Hungarian Court applies for the first time both EC and national competition law while sanctioning an exclusive ticketing agreement (Budapest Sports Stadium)

This case was among the first in which EC competition law was applied by a Hungarian court. In October 2006 the Metropolitan Court of Budapest had rejected the appeals of the plaintiffs, and thus confirmed the legal assessment of the decision of the Competition Council of the Hungarian Competition Authority (GVH - Gazdasági Versenyhivatal). 1.Undertakings involved A. Aréna Üzemelteto Rt. received the right from the Hungarian State to be the controlling company of the Budapest Sports Stadium (hereinafter: the Budapest Sports Stadium). Aréna was, at the time of the investigation, an affiliation of the French Bouyguesgroup. B. Multimédia Light and Sound Kft. is a concert promoter and is a member of a Hungarian group of undertakings which involves ownership of other European companies, too.

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Bálint Bassola, A Hungarian Court applies for the first time both EC and national competition law while sanctioning an exclusive ticketing agreement (Budapest Sports Stadium), 13 October 2006, e-Competitions Bulletin Exclusivity clause, Art. N° 13081

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