The EU Court of Justice rules on compulsory training obligations by professional bodies (Order of Chartered Accounts)

On 28 February 2013, the Court of Justice of the European Union (“ECJ”) handed down a judgment on a reference for a preliminary ruling from the Portuguese Court of Appeal on the application of Article 101 TFEU to professional associations. The ECJ found that a professional association is prohibited from imposing anticompetitive conditions on a system of training it provides, even if the obligation in question is imposed upon it by law. In Portugal, the Order of Chartered Accounts (“OTOC”) is a public body that oversees the practice of chartered accountancy and represents the

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Richard Burton, The EU Court of Justice rules on compulsory training obligations by professional bodies (Order of Chartered Accounts), 28 February 2013, e-Competitions Bulletin February 2013, Art. N° 57225

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