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Spain: The Spanish Competition Authority (CNMC) closes two investigations with commitments (“terminación convencional”): firstly, an investigation into the market for the provision of dental services and, secondly, an investigation in the market for the hiring of mooring and casting-off workers in the Port of Algeciras (Servicios odontológicos, Amarres Puerto de Algeciras)

In June 2019, following complaints filed by two dental chains—Dentoestetic Centro de Salud y Estética Dental (DENTIX) and Dental Global Management (iDENTAL)—the CNMC opened an investigation in order to determine whether, as a result of the growth of low-cost dental care clinics as alternatives to the traditional dental service centres, two dental business associations—namely, the Association of Odontologists and Stomatologists of the 1st Region (COEM) and the General Council of Official Associations of Dentists and Stomatologists of Spain—had put in place some practices which could constitute anticompetitive agreements. Collective recommendation and advertising campaigns against dental chains (Servicios odontológicos, case S/DC/0573/16) The CNMC suspected that these two associations

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Rafael Allendesalazar, Spain: The Spanish Competition Authority (CNMC) closes two investigations with commitments (“terminación convencional”): firstly, an investigation into the market for the provision of dental services and, secondly, an investigation in the market for the hiring of mooring and casting-off workers in the Port of Algeciras (Servicios odontológicos, Amarres Puerto de Algeciras), 9 February 2021, Concurrences N° 2-2021, Art. N° 100611, pp. 224-225

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