The Hellenic Competition Commission imposes over € 1 M fines on a detergents manufacturer and six supermarkets for infringement of Art. 81 EC and its domestic equivalent (Unilever)

The HCC decision concerns vertical agreements entered into by Unilever Hellas with eight Greek supermarket chains, preventing them from buying Unilever products from a third party in the period 2000-2002. In effect, this banned parallel imports of those products, preventing competition between suppliers in different member states and thus dividing the single market along national lines. A term of the contracts of supply typically stipulated that if the supermarket chains purchased Unilever products from third parties (parallel imports), the agreement would be void in its entirety. This stipulation was found to breach Article 81 EC and Article 1 of Law

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Andreas Stephan, The Hellenic Competition Commission imposes over € 1 M fines on a detergents manufacturer and six supermarkets for infringement of Art. 81 EC and its domestic equivalent (Unilever), 27 March 2009, e-Competitions Bulletin March 2009, Art. N° 27425

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