The Hungarian Council of the Competition Office finds exclusive press distribution agreements anticompetitive but exempts them under the national block exemption regulation on vertical agreements (Pesti Est Media)

Background The Pesti Est media company is the largest player on the market of free program magazines in Hungary, distributing 130,000 copies a week of its magazine in Budapest. The Competition Office started an investigation into whether Pesti Est's exclusive agreements in relation to their magazines and magazine racks infringed Article 11 (prohibited agreements) and/or Article 21 (abuse of dominant position) of the Competition Act of Hungary. The free magazines are available for consumers at certain places mostly determined by the target groups (age 18-35) of the magazines - cinemas, fast food restaurants, shopping centers etc. (the “stores”). Under the agreements the operators of the stores undertake not to distribute other free program or advertisement magazines and not to

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Csaba Tóth, Endre Gombai, The Hungarian Council of the Competition Office finds exclusive press distribution agreements anticompetitive but exempts them under the national block exemption regulation on vertical agreements (Pesti Est Media), 31 March 2006, e-Competitions Bulletin Exclusivity clause, Art. N° 1137

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