The Italian Competition Authority ends an infringement proceeding by adopting a commitment decision following a natural gas distributor’s abusive conduct (Italgas)

By a commitment decision made on 23 February 2021 the Italian Competition Authority (ICA) has closed an Article 102 TFEU investigation against a distributor of natural gas [1]. This undertaking was found to have abused its dominant position by frustrating a competitive tender procedure organized by a public authority to select its successor. However, the ICA did not make an infringement decision but accepted a set of behavioral commitments offered by the dominant undertaking to address the competition concerns caused by its conduct. Legal background and facts of the case According to Legislative Decree n. 164/2000, concessions for the service of distribution of natural gas have to be awarded for territorial ambits (ATEM) that regroup a number of several municipalities. The regulatory

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Michele Giannino, The Italian Competition Authority ends an infringement proceeding by adopting a commitment decision following a natural gas distributor’s abusive conduct (Italgas), 23 February 2021, e-Competitions Exchange of information in associations of undertakings, Art. N° 99978

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