CASE COMMENTS: ANTICOMPETITIVE PRACTICES - PUBLIC TENDER - EVIDENCE FROM A CRIMINAL FILE - FINE - SME - LENIENCY - NON-CONTEST PROCEDURE - GROUP OF UNDERTAKINGS - REPEAT INFRINGEMENT - ABILITY TO PAY

Public tender - Fines: The French Competition Authority fines a cartel in the road signs sector (Road signs cartel)

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. Concordance No. 10-D-39 of 22 December 2010 on practices implemented in the vertical road signage industry The organised cartel - uncovered by a criminal search carried out at a cartel meeting - concerned the vertical road signs sector. The decision reports that the cartel members shared out public procurement contracts according to pre-established "Rules" including compensation mechanisms for non-compliance and for contracts lost to outsiders. Alerted by the articles published in the press about this search, the Authority took up the matter on its own initiative a few months later and requested the communication of the documents in the criminal case

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Nathalie Jalabert-Doury, Public tender - Fines: The French Competition Authority fines a cartel in the road signs sector (Road signs cartel), 22 December 2010, Concurrences N° 1-2011, Art. N° 34026, pp. 86-87

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