The Dutch Trade and Industry Appeal Tribunal annuls a fining decision, requesting the Competition Authority to reset the fines at a much lower level (Gardening companies)

Late in 2005 the Dutch Competition Authority (NMa) imposed fines totalling €1.1m on eight gardening companies for engaging in illegal bid rigging in the southern Dutch city of Maastricht. In the beginning of 2004, the companies had agreed between themselves which companies would win five one year contracts for the maintenance of Maastricht’s public green spaces, which were subject to the public procurement rules. The companies did not deny the infringement and, under pressure from the NMa, agreed to pay damages to the city of Maastricht in exchange for a lower fine. Seven parties subsequently

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Johan Polet, The Dutch Trade and Industry Appeal Tribunal annuls a fining decision, requesting the Competition Authority to reset the fines at a much lower level (Gardening companies), 20 March 2012, e-Competitions Bulletin March 2012, Art. N° 77281

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