Italian Leniency Programme: First Steps (Law 248/2006)

Four years after the coming into force of the Commission Notice on immunity from fines and reduction of fines in cartel cases, of 19 February 2002, (2002/C 45/03) (OJEC C 45, 19 February 2002, pp. 3-5), and similar rules set at national level by various Member States, Italy has introduced a leniency programme. Given the importance of the co-operation by undertakings in the uncovering of cartels, the lack of a leniency program was a serious gap in Italian competition law, which the Italian Competition Authority (“ICA”) tried to fill by considering “whistle-blowing” as a mitigating element to be taken into account when imposing fines. However, the uncertainty of this set-up discouraged undertakings

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  • Gattai, Minoli, Agostinelli, Partners (Roma)

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Claudia Cattarin, Italian Leniency Programme: First Steps (Law 248/2006), 4 August 2006, e-Competitions August 2006, Art. N° 12701

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