The German Competition Authority rejects the national milk producers’ proposed uniform mark-up system for ensuring a minimum guaranteed income level for all raw milk producers as the conduct amounts to price fixing

1. Introduction 1.1 Competitor cooperations in pursuit of sustainability and human rights, or to reach broader ESG (Environment – Social – Governance) goals, have become a key element for companies' global business strategies. In this context, “green competition law”, i.e. the intersection between competition law on the one hand and sustainability or environmental protection topics (ESG objectives) on the other, is hotly debated, especially in Europe. At the latest since the announcement of the European Green Deal and “Fit for 55” package, it is clearly one of the key topics on the agenda for companies, enforcers, and practitioners in Brussels and various EU member states – including in Germany. 1.2 On 18 and 25 January 2022, respectively, the German Federal Cartel Office (FCO) joined the

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Christian Ritz, Florian von Schreitter, Elena Wiese, The German Competition Authority rejects the national milk producers’ proposed uniform mark-up system for ensuring a minimum guaranteed income level for all raw milk producers as the conduct amounts to price fixing, 25 January 2022, e-Competitions January 2022, Art. N° 105170

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