The French Competition Authority catches a defensive cartel of maritime transport carrier companies for abusive pricing on the basis of both national and EC competition laws (Channel Islands)

The 21 December 2004, the French Competition Council issued a decision, under articles L. 420-1 of the Commercial Code and 81 of the EC Treaty, relating to concerted practices on the market of maritime connections to the Channel Islands from France. In the context of the recent entry into force of Regulation 1/2003, the Council seized the opportunity to deliver an assessment of the effect on trade between Member States criterion. Above all, this decision shows the need, to which the “Loi NRE”, of 15 May 2001, has responded, to bring the calculation of sanctions in line with Community law. The facts took place between 1992 and early 1995 and involved three maritime carrier companies, Emeraude Lines, Condor Ferries Limited and

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Jean-Patrice de La Laurencie, The French Competition Authority catches a defensive cartel of maritime transport carrier companies for abusive pricing on the basis of both national and EC competition laws (Channel Islands), 21 December 2004, e-Competitions Effect on interstate trade, Art. N° 176

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