The French Competition Authority makes use of criminal proceedings to heavily sanction major anticompetitive practices in the course of public tendering (Ile-de-France secondary schools public works)

This decision provides useful details on exchange of information between criminal proceedings and competition proceedings. We shall start by recalling the facts. I - Facts: Anticompetitive agreements in the course of public tenders in the buildings and works sector Secondary schools public buildings of the Ile de France were to be renovated. The Conseil Régional d'Ile-de-France (hereinafter “CRIF”) decided, in 1990, to allocate 241 public works for a total cost of 23.3 billion French Francs. 88 public tenders over the 241 above-mentioned, were the object of a wide agreement between 14 companies. The latter exchanged information and gathered before the launch of the first set of markets with the aim to share markets. The agreement operated over the long term. Patrimoine Ingéniérie SA

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Marie-Charlotte Rouzier, The French Competition Authority makes use of criminal proceedings to heavily sanction major anticompetitive practices in the course of public tendering (Ile-de-France secondary schools public works), 9 May 2007, e-Competitions May 2007, Art. N° 13826

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