The Hungarian Parliament adopts new procedural rules rewarding individuals for reporting hard-core cartels (Act CLXIII of 2009 on the protection of fair procedures)

In December 2009, the Hungarian Parliament adopted Act CLXIII of 2009 on the protection of fair procedures (“Fair Procedures Act”) which aims to enforce the right to fair trial in the field of public finance, public procurement and competition procedures. The Fair Procedures Act enters into force on 1 April 2010 and amends Act LVII of 1996 on the Prohibition of Unfair and Restrictive Market Practices (“Hungarian Competition Act”, “HCA”) by clarifying the legal situation of private individuals reporting so-called “hard-core” cartels (such as price-fixing between competitors). The Fair Procedures Act is based on the assumption that the biggest difficulty in finding and prosecuting hard-core cartels is to break the “wall of silence” of cartelists. In Hungary, so far, the main instrument to tackle

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Gábor Fejes, Zoltan Marosi, The Hungarian Parliament adopts new procedural rules rewarding individuals for reporting hard-core cartels (Act CLXIII of 2009 on the protection of fair procedures), 1 December 2009, e-Competitions December 2009, Art. N° 30443

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