CASE COMMENTS: ANTICOMPETITIVE PRACTICES - AGREEMENT ON PRICES - PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS - CALCULATION OF THE FINE

Professional organizations: The French Competition Council decides that a professional organization that engages in anticompetitive practices may be subjected to fines that are proportional to its members’ financial capacities (Marseilles Taxis)

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. Facts In France, driving a taxi is subject to the possession of a professional licence. This license can be : Issued free of charge by a local authority (Mayor or Prefect), which "has several disadvantages [such as] an often very long [waiting list or the fact that] the legislation requires fifteen years of use of the permit before it can be transferred for payment"; Purchased on a secondary market, which "allows (...) to have the authorization (...) immediately available (...) [and to] resell its license after only five years of operation". With regard to the secondary market, the Marseilles taxi trade unions had signed a memorandum of understanding

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Karine Biancone, Professional organizations: The French Competition Council decides that a professional organization that engages in anticompetitive practices may be subjected to fines that are proportional to its members’ financial capacities (Marseilles Taxis), 18 October 2006, Concurrences N° 1-2007, Art. N° 27446, www.concurrences.com

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