The French Competition Council fines the postal incumbent for abuse of dominant position under both national and EC competition provisions (La Poste)

In a decision dated 17 November 2005 (Decision n° 05-D-63), the French Competition Council sanctioned La Poste, the French postal service, for abusing its dominant position and imposed €1 million fine based on both Article L. 420-2 of the French Commercial Code and Article 82 of the EC Treaty. First, the Council held that La Poste, a public operator holding a statutory monopoly on basic postal services, had failed to prevent its delegations, local processing centres and post offices from imposing discriminatory tariffs and associated conditions. The Competition Council examined the relationships between La Poste and its commercial partners in the mail preparation market in light of the 2002/39 Postal Directive (Directive 2002/39/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council, of 10

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Juliette Goyer, Lauriane Lépine-Sarandi, The French Competition Council fines the postal incumbent for abuse of dominant position under both national and EC competition provisions (La Poste), 17 November 2005, e-Competitions Bulletin November 2005, Art. N° 495

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