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The Polish competition authority condemns a professional order for minimal price fixing of vet services (Lublin Chamber of Vet Medicine)

In 2004, the Lublin branch office of the Office for Competition and Consumer Protection (hereafter “OCCP”) opened an antimonopoly investigation concerning the practices of the Chamber of Vet Medicine of Lublin (hereafter, “the Chamber”). Chambers are professional bodies in which membership is essential to exercise the profession of a veterinarian in Poland. In 2001, the Chamber adopted a resolution containing guidelines fixing the minimal prices for vet services. This document was sent to its members and other neighbouring Chambers, and was published in the Chamber's bulletin. The OCCP examined whether there was an agreement incompatible with article 5, paragraph 1 of the Consumer Act of 15 December 2000 (hereafter, ACCP), in which the agreement involved “fixing, directly or indirectly,

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Joanna Faruga, Veronika Metonidze, The Polish competition authority condemns a professional order for minimal price fixing of vet services (Lublin Chamber of Vet Medicine), 29 December 2004, e-Competitions December 2004, Art. N° 199

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