The Lazio Regional Administrative Tribunal quashes the decision by which the Italian Competition Authority has sanctioned companies for illicit coordination and annuls the fines imposed (Moby / GNV / SVAV)

By its decision of 14 June 2013, the Italian Competition Authority (“ICA”) found that in the summer of 2011 the main companies operating passenger ferry services between Italy and Sardinia - namely Moby S.p.A. (“Moby”), GNV and SVAV (together with Moby, “the Companies”) - reached a common understanding that resulted in a parallel increase of the price paid by passengers for the ferry journey from and to Sardinia. According to the ICA, the fact that the Companies had significantly increased the prices, on average by above 65%, for all the routes concerned (Civitavecchia-Olbia; Genova-Olbia; Livorno-Olbia and Genova-Porto Torres), was the result of an illicit coordination. In the reasoning part of its decision, the ICA admitted that the significant differences between the products involved

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Francesco Russo, The Lazio Regional Administrative Tribunal quashes the decision by which the Italian Competition Authority has sanctioned companies for illicit coordination and annuls the fines imposed (Moby / GNV / SVAV), 7 May 2014, e-Competitions May 2014, Art. N° 57270

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