The Lithuanian Competition Council adopts a broad interpretation of concerted practices under national rules and art. 101 TFEU (E-TURAS)

This case note aims to illuminate the Lithuanian Competition Council’s (“CC”) decision No. 2S-9 which found a concerted practice between travel agents and the undertaking managing Lithuania’s online travel booking system E-TURAS. The conduct, held to violate Article 101 TFEU and its national equivalent, was aimed at reducing the maximum applicable discount for package tours sold via the Internet. The CC was prompted to investigate after receiving a leniency application. This case is interesting in several respects, but primarily because the CC has adopted a broad interpretation of the concept of a “concerted practice”. The CC’s investigation lasted for a little over two years, and resulted in significant upheavals in the Lithuanian travel industry. The CC considered the actions of more than

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Donatas Mykolaitis, The Lithuanian Competition Council adopts a broad interpretation of concerted practices under national rules and art. 101 TFEU (E-TURAS), 7 June 2012, e-Competitions Bulletin Leniency, Art. N° 50540

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