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The Italian Competition Authority declares the incompatibility of a national regulation with EC competition law when requiring or facilitating the market sharing within a consortium of manufacturers of matches (Consorzio Industrie Fiammiferi)

Background With decision n. 8491 of 13 July 2000, the Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato (Italian Competition Authority, hereinafter “Authority”) found the existence of a market sharing arrangement carried out within the Consorzio Industrie Fiammiferi (the consortium of the Italian manufacturers and importers of matches, hereinafter “CIF”) which had been imposed or facilitated by the national legislation. In particular, the Authority examined whether the companies concerned were actually constrained by the State to adopt the condemned behaviour. The decision also dwells on the power of the Authority to disapply a regulation contrary to the Community law. Decision The sector

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  • Legance - Studio Legale Associato (Rome)
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Denis Fosselard, Vito Auricchio, Valerio Mosca, The Italian Competition Authority declares the incompatibility of a national regulation with EC competition law when requiring or facilitating the market sharing within a consortium of manufacturers of matches (Consorzio Industrie Fiammiferi), 13 July 2000, e-Competitions July 2000, Art. N° 25194

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