The EU Commission proposes to repeal the liner conference Block Exemption Regulation

"The Commission proposes to repeal the Liner Conference Block Exemption"* On 14 December 2005 the Commission adopted a proposal for a Council Regulation repealing Council Regulation 4056/86 applying Articles 81 and 82 EC to maritime transport services and amending Regulation 1/2003 [1] to extent its scope to cabotage and tramp vessel services [2]. Regulation 4056/86 [3] contains a block exemption for liner conferences, allowing providers of regular liner services to fix prices and to regulate capacity. This is the most exceptional exemption from competition rules in force today. 1. Historical context This exemption has to be seen in its historical context. Since the 1870s, liner shipping has been organised in the form of cartels — liner conferences — that bring together all lines

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Carsten Bermig, Fabrizia Benini, The EU Commission proposes to repeal the liner conference Block Exemption Regulation, 14 December 2005, e-Competitions December 2005, Art. N° 37295

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