The EuroPQN commitments case

The EuroPQN case is the first case where the French National Competition Authoriy implemented the new commitments or undertakings procedure. The case deals with free newspapers which apply for access to data usually kept for commercial newspapers. The authors of the articles, actively involved in this case as EuroPQN counsel and General Director, underline the limits of this new procedure.

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. It took nearly six hours of sittings - following other, equally dense sittings and, above all, numerous written observations from the various parties involved - for the Competition Council to accept the commitments submitted jointly by EUROPQN, the SPQR and the AEPHR in respect of the two distraining parties, the publishers of the free dailies 20 Minutes and Metro, and thus bring to an end all the proceedings pending before it in this respect (Decision No. 05-D-12 of 17 March 2005). The primary interest of this decision is therefore that it inaugurates - following Community Regulation 1/2003 (Art. 9) which entered into force on 1 May 2004 - the effective

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