The Croatian High Administrative Court rules on the compatibility of a selective distribution network in the automobile sector with the block exemption regulation (Sanabilis Citroen)

On 22 February 2012 the High Administrative Court (VUS) [1] upheld the decision [2] of the Croatian Competition Authority (AZTN) [3], which found no anti-competitive practices in the distribution of Citroen automobiles in Croatia. The exclusive importer of Citroen automobiles in Croatia Citroen Hrvatska d.o.o. (Citroen) was operating a selective distribution network of 19 distributors and 22 repairers. One of the Citroen’s distributors Sanabilis d.o.o. (Sanabilis) applied to the AZTN with the request to assess Citroen’s distribution agreements and conditions it was applying to its promotion campaigns. Sanabilis mentioned several issues, which might have negative effect on competition: (1) Citroen required its distributors to provide a bank guarantee for all supply transactions; (2) the

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Alexandr Svetlicinii, The Croatian High Administrative Court rules on the compatibility of a selective distribution network in the automobile sector with the block exemption regulation (Sanabilis Citroen), 22 February 2012, e-Competitions Bulletin Automobile, Art. N° 48757

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