The EU Commission imposes a first-ever fine for collusion relating solely to technical development on three car manufacturers in the area of emission cleaning (BMW / Daimler / VW)

Uncharted legal territory? – European Commission fines Volkswagen and BMW for colluding on technical development in the area of emission cleaning* On 8 July 2021, the Commission found that Daimler, BMW and the Volkswagen Group (Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche) violated competition law by colluding on technical development in the area of emission cleaning for new passenger diesel cars, fining the latter two a total of €875 million. The current hype regarding competition law and sustainability comes to life here: the Commission highlights the investigation as “an example of how competition law enforcement can contribute to the Green Deal by keeping our markets efficient, fair and innovative”. However, naturally, in these cartel proceedings, the Commission did not determine whether the car

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  • University of Vienna (Vienna)
  • European Court of Justice (Luxembourg)

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Lena Hornkohl, Anna Jorna, The EU Commission imposes a first-ever fine for collusion relating solely to technical development on three car manufacturers in the area of emission cleaning (BMW / Daimler / VW), 8 July 2021, e-Competitions July 2021, Art. N° 103282

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