CASE COMMENTS : ANTICOMPETITIVE PRACTICES – CARTELS – COMMON SALES AGENCY – EFFECT ON TRADE BETWEEN MEMBER STATES – STANDARD OF PROOF – RESTRICTION BY OBJECT – LIABILITY – STATUTORY LIMIT – ABILITY TO PAY – AGRICULTURE/FOOD PRODUCTS

Cartels - Common sales agency: The French Competition Authority imposes a fine of €242.2 million on flour producers for participating in a number of cartels which organized the milling industry for decades (Food flours)

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. Concordant Aut. dec. no. 12-D-09 of 13 March 2012 on practices implemented in the food flour sector There are economic sectors in which the players would like to believe that nothing will ever change because they have specific features, are heavily regulated and the structures for organising competition between the players are known to all, including the public authorities. The Authority's decision shows, however, that no confidence should be placed in the weight of history. The edible flours sector is characterised first of all by a quota system established in 1938 imposing production quotas for flours intended for French consumption (milling rights).

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Nathalie Jalabert-Doury, Cartels - Common sales agency: The French Competition Authority imposes a fine of €242.2 million on flour producers for participating in a number of cartels which organized the milling industry for decades (Food flours), 13 March 2012, Concurrences N° 3-2012, Art. N° 48334, pp. 97-99 EUCLH F59

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