The Portuguese Competition Authority finds that the deontological code of the professional association of veterinaries infringes Art. 81 EC by imposing minimum fees (Sindicato Nacional dos Médicos Veterinários)

Following a complaint, the Autoridade da Concorrência (hereinafter, “the NCA”) started an investigation concerning the fixation of minimum prices by the Professional Association of Veterinaries (“the Association”). According to Article 43 of the Deontologial Code (“the Code”) issued by this professional body, fees for the provision of services had to be set by its members on the basis of those that the Sindicato Nacional dos Médicos Veterinários (the “Trade Union”) recommends for each of the Portuguese regions. Article 44 of the Code

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Pablo Ibáñez Colomo, The Portuguese Competition Authority finds that the deontological code of the professional association of veterinaries infringes Art. 81 EC by imposing minimum fees (Sindicato Nacional dos Médicos Veterinários), 12 July 2005, e-Competitions July 2005, Art. N° 144

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