The EU Court of Justice provides guidance on end date of bid-rigging cartels (Eltel)

On 14 January 2021, the European Court of Justice (“ECJ”) handed down a judgment on a reference for a preliminary ruling from the Finnish Supreme Administrative Court (“FSAC”), in which it provides guidance on the duration of a company’s participation in a bid-rigging infringement. According to the ECJ, the infringement period corresponds to the period up to the date of signature of the contract concluded between the company and the contracting authority where that contract was awarded on the basis of a collusive tender that the undertaking had submitted (Case C-450/19, Kilpailu v. Eltel). In the national proceedings, the Finnish Competition Authority (“FCA”) had submitted an application to the Market Court to impose a fine of €

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Maria-Olga Papadopoulou, The EU Court of Justice provides guidance on end date of bid-rigging cartels (Eltel), 14 January 2021, e-Competitions January 2021, Art. N° 99299

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