The EU Court of Justice rules that cartel infringements end when competition is no longer restricted (Kilpailu- ja kuluttajavirasto)

In previous decisions the European Court of Justice ("ECJ") had ruled that cartel infringements continue as long as they have economic effects. This was partly interpreted to mean that a bid-rigging cartel only ends with the final payment of the cartelized price or the competition of the project even if there were many years between the submission of the tender and the last payment. Now the ECJ ruled that cartel infringements end when they no longer restrict competition. The Kilpailu- ja kuluttajavirasto ruling will be of significant importance for the future prosecution of cartels in general and bid-rigging cartels in particular because the beginning of the limitation period is linked to the end of the cartel infringement. What was Kilpailu- ja kuluttajavirasto about? The national

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  • Hogan Lovells (Munich)
  • Hogan Lovells (Munich)

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Christian Ritz, Hubertus Weber, The EU Court of Justice rules that cartel infringements end when competition is no longer restricted (Kilpailu- ja kuluttajavirasto), 14 January 2021, e-Competitions January 2021, Art. N° 99886

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