The Portuguese Competition Authority fines individual managers for the first time in a cartel in the catering and related services and grants full exemption under leniency (Eurest / Trivalor / Uniself / ICA / Nordigal / Sodexo Portugal)

The competition authority in Portugal (Autoridade da Concorrência - AdC) decided last December 30, 2009 to condemn five companies for harmful anticompetitive practices in the market of meals (catering) and services of administration and exploration of refectories, canteens or restaurants. The decision came after investigation following of a leniency application, under the Law nº39/2006, 25th August (known as “Leniency Law”). The AdC strongly emphasised the seriousness of the infringement committed by the companies, since they created a cooperation mechanism which eliminated all uncertainty between them as to their future conduct, impairing free competition in catering services. These kinds of services are offered, for example, in hospitals, schools, prisons,

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Murilo Lubambo, The Portuguese Competition Authority fines individual managers for the first time in a cartel in the catering and related services and grants full exemption under leniency (Eurest / Trivalor / Uniself / ICA / Nordigal / Sodexo Portugal), 30 December 2009, e-Competitions December 2009, Art. N° 30642

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