The Dutch Competition Authority confirms the commitment to dissolve the joint venture by two port towing undertakings (Port Towage Amsterdam)

PORT TOWING JOINT VENTURE DISSOLVED AFTER INVESTIGATION BY THE DUTCH COMPETITION AUTHORITY: FULL-FUNCTIONALITY QUESTIONED* Background On 20 December 2019, the Dutch Authority for Consumers & Markets (ACM) published a decision in which the commitment to dissolve the joint venture Port Towage Amsterdam (PTA) by two port towing undertakings was confirmed. This joint venture was created by the undertakings Svitzer and Iskes. ACM believed that the cooperation between the two undertakings possibly violated competition law as it did not seem to be a full-function joint venture, and hence, competition law issues were identified. Interesting question in this regard is of course why ACM was of the preliminary opinion that the joint venture was not a full-function joint venture and the

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Mariska Van De Sanden, Janneke Kohlen, Hera Butt, Tialda Beetstra, The Dutch Competition Authority confirms the commitment to dissolve the joint venture by two port towing undertakings (Port Towage Amsterdam), 20 December 2019, e-Competitions Bulletin February 2020, Art. N° 93221

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