The Swiss Federal Council issues proposal to tighten up the Swiss Cartel Act

The Federal Council aims at tightening up the Cartel Act in order to combat the foreclosure of the Swiss market and the price discrimination against Swiss corporate customers. For this purpose, the Federal Council has adopted a draft bill and a dispatch to Parliament addressing the people’s initiative “stop Switzerland’s high prices – the fair price initiative” on 29 May 2019.

Abuse of relative market power According to the proposal of the Federal Council, the concept of “relative market power” based on the German model shall be enshrined in the Swiss Cartel Act (CartA) and companies with such relative market power shall be prohibited from price discrimination against Swiss companies. A company is considered to have relative market power, according to the Federal Council’s proposal, if other companies are

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Corinne Ruechardt, The Swiss Federal Council issues proposal to tighten up the Swiss Cartel Act , 12 June 2019, e-Competitions Bulletin July 2019, Art. N° 90828

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