By its decision of 7 June 2012 the Lithuanian Competition Council (also referred to as the Council) established that as many as thirty travel agencies and an online booking system operator – UAB “Eturas” – had participated in an anticompetitive agreement of fixing the maximum discount rate for package tours sold through an online booking platform ‘E-TURAS‘, contrary to Article 101 TFEU and its national equivalent. The total amount of fines imposed amounted to around EUR 1.5 million. The Council‘s investigation was opened following a leniency application from one of the travel agencies that had participated in the alleged anticompetitive arrangement. Factual background E-TURAS is an online search, reservation and sales platform that was established in 2008 and since 2009 operated by an
The Lithuanian Competition Authority establishes that agreements concluded through a common third party are, in this case, breaching Art. 101 of the TFEU (Eturas)
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