The EU Commission adopts guidelines on the application of Article 81 of the EC Treaty to the maritime sector

"The new Guidelines on the application of Article 81 of the EC Treaty to the maritime sector"* On 1 July 2008, the European Commission adopted guidelines on the application of Article 81 of the EC Treaty to maritime transport services (‘the Guidelines’). This followed a public consultation in 2007. In 2006, the Council adopted Regulation 1419/2006 [1], which repealed the liner conference block exemption contained in Regulation 4056/86 [2] with effect from 18 October 2008. Since 18 October 2008, liner companies have to assess whether all their business practices comply with Article 81. The Guidelines will help liner operators understand the implications of this change, and will provide details in particular on exchanges of information between carriers. Regulation 1419/2006 also

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  • DG COMP (Brussels)
  • European Commission (Brussels)

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Carsten Bermig, Cyril Ritter, The EU Commission adopts guidelines on the application of Article 81 of the EC Treaty to the maritime sector, 1 July 2008, e-Competitions July 2008, Art. N° 35249

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