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The European Commission imposes a fine on Dutch car manufacturers for obstruction of exports of new cars from the Netherlands (Opel Nederland, General Motors Nederland)

"Commission Decision of 20 September 2000 imposing a fine on Opel Nederland and General Motors Nederland for obstruction of exports of new cars from the Netherlands"*1. Introduction The Commission imposed a fine of € 43 million on Opel Nederland B.V., the Dutch importer of cars of the Opel brand, and on its parent company General Motors Nederland B.V., for having obstructed, during the period from September 1996 until January 1998, exports of new cars to end consumers from other Member States [1]. This is the second major Commission decision, following the one against Volkswagen AG of January 1998 [2] where consumer complaints led the Commission to investigate practices of car manufacturers and their importers, and to sanction them with a high fine. This decision underlines once more

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Ulrich Krause-Heiber, The European Commission imposes a fine on Dutch car manufacturers for obstruction of exports of new cars from the Netherlands (Opel Nederland, General Motors Nederland), 20 September 2000, e-Competitions Bulletin September 2000, Art. N° 39125

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