The Portuguese Competition Authority decides to end 8 procedures regarding restrictive practices in the service-station market (Anti-competitive practices in the liquid road-fuels sector )

Last April 21st 2009, the Portuguese Competition Authority (Autoridade da Concorrência - “AdC”) announced the decision to discontinue eight procedures for breach of article 4 of the Competition Law (Law 18/2003), considering that some parallel behavior existent between oil companies and some restrictions present in the contracts between oil companies and service-station operators were caught by the Block Exemption on vertical restraints (Regulation 2790/1999 [1]) [2] . It is worth noting that there was a major public outbreak, for a long time, against the oil companies and service-station operators, as there is a public feeling that, in spite of the radical changes of oil

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Miguel Gorjão-Henriques, The Portuguese Competition Authority decides to end 8 procedures regarding restrictive practices in the service-station market (Anti-competitive practices in the liquid road-fuels sector ), 21 April 2009, e-Competitions April 2009, Art. N° 26729

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