The Italian Administrative Court of First Instance annuls an ICA’s decision because of the length of proceedings (Industria Meccanica Varricchio Imeva)

Introduction On 7 October 2013, the Italian administrative court of first instance with jurisdiction on antitrust cases (TAR Lazio) annulled the decision of the Italian Competition Authority (ICA), which fined seven companies that were found to have entered into an anti-competitive agreement in the market for road and highway barriers. The TAR Lazio annulled the decision because the ICA took too much time to issue the final decision. Legal and factual background The Italian Competition Act does not stipulate a fixed deadline by which antitrust proceedings have to be closed. However, the ICA has to establish the deadline for the final decision at the time it opens the proceedings. In most of the proceedings regarding antitrust infringements the ICA usually extends the original

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Giovanni Scoccini, The Italian Administrative Court of First Instance annuls an ICA’s decision because of the length of proceedings (Industria Meccanica Varricchio Imeva), 7 October 2013, e-Competitions October 2013, Art. N° 59425

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