ALERTS: ANTICOMPETITIVE PRACTICES – EUROPEAN UNION – GERMANY – CARTEL - AUTOMOTIVE SECTOR - CLEMENCY - SANCTIONS / FINES - ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

Cartel: The European Commission inflicts an 875 millions fine in the automotive sector for a cartel involving restrictions on technical development (BMW / Volkswagen / Audi / Porsche)

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. On 12 November 2021, the Commission made public the decision of 8 July 2021 in which it fined four German car manufacturers - BMW, Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche - 875 million for a cartel that dealt, not as usual, with prices, costs or quantities or customer sharing, but with technical aspects (pt. 10): the technical solutions for cleaning the exhaust gases emitted by new diesel cars from 25 June 2009 to 1ᵉʳ October 2014. In this case, Daimler, which had disclosed the existence of the cartel to the Commission, was granted full immunity (pts. 240-241), thus avoiding an overall fine of approximately €727 million. Volkswagen, on the other hand, was denied partial

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Alain Ronzano, Cartel: The European Commission inflicts an 875 millions fine in the automotive sector for a cartel involving restrictions on technical development (BMW / Volkswagen / Audi / Porsche), 8 July 2021, Concurrences N° 4-2021, Art. N° 103742, www.concurrences.com

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