On 4 November 2011, the President of the Office for Competition and Consumers Protection (the "OCCP" or the "Office") issued a decision in which it discontinued proceedings against the Association of Rafters which fixed prices that tourists have to pay for services of its members. The Association of Rafters operates on the river Dunajec in the Polish Pieniny Mountain area (the "Rafter's Association" or "Association"). The Association was established in 1934. At the moment rafting provided by the Association is one of the main tourist attractions in the region. The Association safeguards Polish tradition –.the rafters belonging to the Association provide services in traditional boats, wear traditional Polish costume, and in the course of the rafting they tell tourists about the region.
The Polish Competition Authority exempts a price fixing agreement in the tourism sector under Art. 8 of the Competition Act equivalent to Art. 101(3) TFUE for the first time (Association of Rafters)
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