The European Commission ends proceedings regarding German book price fixing agreements following acceptance of commitment on cross-border sales (Sammelrevers)

"Commission ends competition proceedings regarding German book price fixing agreements following acceptance of an undertaking on cross-border sales"*Introduction The Commission has been dealing with the system of fixed book prices in Germany and Austria since its first notification in 1993 because it was based on cross-border agreements between publishers and booksellers. The Commission had objected to these agreements because they infringed Article 81(1) of the EC Treaty and the conditions for an exemption under Article 81(3) were not fulfilled. As a compromise solution a new ‘re-nationalised’ book price fixing agreement (‘Sammelrevers‘) limited in its scope of application to Germany was notified in March 2000. However, before the Commission could definitively clear the amended

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  • European Court of Justice (Luxembourg)
  • DG COMP (Brussels)

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Hanns Peter Nehl, Jan Nuijten, The European Commission ends proceedings regarding German book price fixing agreements following acceptance of commitment on cross-border sales (Sammelrevers), 22 March 2002, e-Competitions Bulletin Commitment Decisions, Art. N° 36957

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