The Italian Antitrust Authority fines on the basis of Art. 81 EC pharma companies for bid rigging for supply to the public health system (Prodotti disinfettanti)

The Italian Antitrust Authority (IAA) has recently completed an Article 81 proceedings against nine suppliers of antiseptic and disinfectants to the public health system levying sanctions totalling approximately € 3.7 million (case I 639). The investigation started in November 2004 and originated from the complaint of the Inland Revenue Police reporting conducts allegedly amounting to collusive tendering. The fact-finding process, trough a number of dawn raids carried out at the premises of the companies under investigation, allowed the IAA to obtain substantial documentary evidence of unlawful contacts and exchange of confidential information. The IAA found that the suppliers involved, representing in aggregate 66% of all supplies of antiseptics and disinfectants to the public health

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  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Rome)
  • Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Rome)

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Gian Luca Zampa, Maura Demattè, The Italian Antitrust Authority fines on the basis of Art. 81 EC pharma companies for bid rigging for supply to the public health system (Prodotti disinfettanti), 26 April 2006, e-Competitions Bulletin April 2006, Art. N° 1374

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