The Italian antitrust authority closes its investigation for alleged violation of Art. 81 EC in the press advertising market by accepting strict commitments (Accertamenti Diffusione Stampa e Audipress)

The Italian Parliament recently enacted several law provisions which modify the investigation proceedings of the Italian antitrust Authority (“Authority”). In Particular, the so called Bersani Decree [1] allows the Authority to use legal tools (already adopted by the EC Commission after the enactment of the Modernization reform) such as leniency programs, interim measures, and the ability to terminate the investigation when the parties submit commitments that reduce the Authority's antitrust concerns. In this perspective, the recent decision of the Authority of closing an in-depth investigation in the press advertising market (Case ADS-Accertamenti Diffusione Stampa and Audipress) is of relevance.

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Luciano Vasques, The Italian antitrust authority closes its investigation for alleged violation of Art. 81 EC in the press advertising market by accepting strict commitments (Accertamenti Diffusione Stampa e Audipress), 21 February 2007, e-Competitions Bulletin Commitment Decisions, Art. N° 13286

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