The EU Court of Justice gives a preliminary ruling for an alleged collusion among a number of travel agencies through an online travel booking system (Eturas)

On 21 January 2016 the European Court of Justice (ECJ) gave a preliminary ruling upon the request of the Supreme Administrative Court of Lithuania in the Eturas case. At the core of the case was an alleged collusion among a number of travel agencies through an online travel booking system provided and administered by Eturas. Based on an operating licence acquired from Eturas, travel agencies could offer travel bookings for sale on their websites using a uniform booking method. Although the system administrator could not affect the prices determined by the travel agencies, the platform had an information exchange system, which was similar to an e-mail system and was based on the personal electronic accounts that each travel agency possessed. On 25 August 2009 an e-mail was sent by the

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  • Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition (Munich)

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Gintarė Surblytė, The EU Court of Justice gives a preliminary ruling for an alleged collusion among a number of travel agencies through an online travel booking system (Eturas), 21 January 2016, e-Competitions January 2016, Art. N° 82628

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