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Exchange of information in associations of undertakings : An overview of EU and national case law

Introduction Trade associations, professional organisations, associations of undertakings… all these types of structures give the opportunity for companies to exchange useful information for business since their role is precisely to collect and disseminate information on a relevant sector among their members, in order for them to have better knowledge of the market and to better adapt to its evolution. However, if at first ground, it can appear legitimate that companies share information relative to the market they are active on through common structures, such structures cannot be used as a mean for companies to circumvent the application of competition law. Indeed, the fact that the information is exchanged indirectly via an association or another structure, and therefore not

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Ombline Ancelin, Maëlle d'Harcourt, Florence de Bakker, Exchange of information in associations of undertakings : An overview of EU and national case law, 13 October 2016, e-Competitions Bulletin Exchange of information in associations of undertakings, Art. N° 81311

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