CASE COMMENTS: CARTELS - FRANCE - HORIZONTAL AGREEMENT - INTRA-GROUP AGREEMENTS - CALLS FOR TENDERS

Bid rigging: The French Competition Authority decides, in line with European case law, that the concerted filing of several responses to a call for tenders by subsidiaries of the same group does not constitute an anti-competitive agreement (Ovimpex group / Dhumeaux / Mondial Viande Service / Vianov)

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. Every year, the public establishment France AgriMer launches a call for tenders aimed at companies manufacturing and trading in food products in order to enable charities such as Les Restos du Cœur to organise major food distribution operations for the most disadvantaged. The submission of concerted responses It was found that several subsidiaries of the same group had submitted bids to this tender. Their replies were presented as having been prepared separately, without consultation, whereas in reality they were the result of coordination between the subsidiaries of the group. In fact, there was a high degree of coordination, since one of the group's

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Anne-Sophie Choné-Grimaldi, Bid rigging: The French Competition Authority decides, in line with European case law, that the concerted filing of several responses to a call for tenders by subsidiaries of the same group does not constitute an anti-competitive agreement (Ovimpex group / Dhumeaux / Mondial Viande Service / Vianov), 25 November 2020, Concurrences N° 1-2021, Art. N° 99122, pp. 126-127

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