The EU Court of Justice preliminarily rules that the ne bis in idem principle provides limited protection against sanctions following investigations of the same infringements of competition law (bpost) (Nordzucker)

On 22 March 2022, the European Court of Justice (the “ECJ”) handed down two judgments highlighting that the European Union’s ne bis in idem principle – the equivalent to the protection against double jeopardy – provides only limited protection in competition law proceedings where the same conduct has already been investigated in another competition law case or under a national regulatory regime (Case C-151/20, Nordzucker and Others and Case C-117/20, bpost). Ne bis in idem is considered a fundamental principle of EU law which is also enshrined in Article 50 of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights. It generally prohibits the duplication both of proceedings and of penalties of a criminal nature against the same person for the same acts the person has committed. In competition law matters,

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  • Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)

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Andreas Reindl, Margot Vogels, The EU Court of Justice preliminarily rules that the ne bis in idem principle provides limited protection against sanctions following investigations of the same infringements of competition law (bpost) (Nordzucker), 22 March 2022, e-Competitions August 2022, Art. N° 107729

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