The Hungarian Competition Authority finds an exclusivity clause has an effect on trade between member States and may distort competition in the sport events sector (Aréna, Multimédia Light and Sound, Ticketpro)

Background 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 affiliate of the French Bouygues group. Multimédia Light and Sound Kft. is a concert promoter and is a member of a Hungarian group of undertakings under majority control of foreign (European) companies. Ticketpro Kft. is a ticket distributor and is a Hungarian affiliate of the Canadian undertaking 2908026 Canada Inc. Proceedings, applicable law Proceedings were initiated on 6 April 2004, under Hungarian competition law (Tpvt.). The legal base of the proceedings was extended to Articles 81 and 82 of the EC Treaty in April 2005. As the infringement had started

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  • Hogan Lovells (Budapest)
  • Hogan Lovells (Budapest)

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Csaba Tóth, Endre Gombai, The Hungarian Competition Authority finds an exclusivity clause has an effect on trade between member States and may distort competition in the sport events sector (Aréna, Multimédia Light and Sound, Ticketpro), 8 September 2005, e-Competitions Bulletin Exclusivity clause, Art. N° 490

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