The European Commission fines Sodium Chlorate producers in a cartel case (Akzo Nobel, Finnish Chemicals, Elf Aquitaine and Uralita)

"Recent cartel cases - Sodium Chlorate and Aluminium Fluoride"* In June 2008, the Commission adopted two prohibition decisions against infringements of Article 81 of the EC Treaty and Article 53 of the EEA Agreement and imposed fines totalling some €84 million. In both cases, the product concerned was a specific chemical compound used as a processing agent for the production of further commodities,such as paper pulp (the Sodium Chloratecase) and aluminium (the Aluminium Fluoridecase). The fines were set in accordance with the Guidelines on the method of setting fines imposed pursuant to Article 23(2)(a) of Regulation 1/2003 [1] (‘Guidelines on fines’) [2]. In setting the amount of the fines, the Commission took account of all the circumstances and in particular the gravity and duration

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

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Anna Tissot-Favre, Andrej Kralik, Tiina Pitkänen, Petr Sochman, The European Commission fines Sodium Chlorate producers in a cartel case (Akzo Nobel, Finnish Chemicals, Elf Aquitaine and Uralita), 11 June 2008, e-Competitions June 2008, Art. N° 35234

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