CASE COMMENTS : ANTICOMPETITIVE PRACTICES – ANTICOMPETITIVE AGREEMENTS – CARTEL – HEAT STABILIZERS – PROBATIVE VALUE OF STATEMENTS – ORGANISATION AND FACILITATION OF THE INFRINGEMENT – ATTRIBUTABILITY OF THE CONDUCT – JOINT VENTURES

Probative value of statements – Accountability of the conduct: The European Commission publishes the full version of its heat stabilizers cartel decision “Heat stabilizers”

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. Eur. Comm. dec. C(2009) 8682 final of 11 November 2009, "Thermal Stabilisers", Case COMP/38589 The Commission has published its decision in the 2009 Heat Stabilisers case, in which it fined 24 companies producing plastic additives a total of €173 million for two complex and continuous cartels concerning (i) tin stabilisers and (ii) ESBO/esters heat stabilisers. Three points will be of particular interest. The principle which prevails in European law is that of the free assessment of evidence and only the reliability of the evidence is decisive in its assessment . First of all, this decision is an opportunity for the Commission to reconsider the

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Nathalie Jalabert-Doury, Probative value of statements – Accountability of the conduct: The European Commission publishes the full version of its heat stabilizers cartel decision “Heat stabilizers”, 11 November 2009, Concurrences N° 2-2011, Art. N° 36002, pp. 102-103

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