The ECJ Advocate General Kokott hands down her opinion on the duty of the national authorities to respect the de minimis notice, while applying Art. 101 TFEU (Expedia)

I. Essential factual and legal aspects of the Expedia Inc Case The reference for a preliminary ruling has been initiated by a dispute between Expedia, an on-line travel agency, and the French Competition Authority, henceforth called FCA, concerning a selling joint-venture agreement between Expedia Inc and SNCF, which has been deemed illegal by the FCA on the grounds of both Article 101 TFEU and Article L.420-1 of Code de commerce. The object of the agreement was to join the sales of rail tickets and other travel services and grant Expedia a privileged access to the ‘voyages-sncf.com’ website. The agreement in question has been qualified by the FCA as being restrictive by its object. On the 5 February 2009 the FCA has issued a decision laying down a prohibition of the joint venture and

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Emanuela Matei, The ECJ Advocate General Kokott hands down her opinion on the duty of the national authorities to respect the de minimis notice, while applying Art. 101 TFEU (Expedia), 6 September 2012, e-Competitions September 2012, Art. N° 48815

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