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Spain: The Spanish Competition Authority imposes fines on several companies for manipulating tenders for services of maintenance and management of the Spanish motorway network (Ferrovial servicios)

The Spanish Competition Authority [“CNMC”] has imposed fines on 12 public works companies amounting to EUR 61.2 million for constituting a cartel that altered the results of tenders for the maintenance and operation services of the Spanish motorway network, between 2014 and 2018. The CNMC has, additionally, proposed banning these companies from contracting with the public administration (CNMC, decision of 17 August 2021, case S/0013/19 CONSERVACIÓN CARRETERAS). The case arises from an anonymous information received by the CNMC in October 2017 revealing the possible existence of a cartel in the market for the provision of road maintenance and operation services, consisting of manipulating tenders launched by the then Ministry of Development. In the light of this information, in December

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Rafael Allendesalazar, Spain: The Spanish Competition Authority imposes fines on several companies for manipulating tenders for services of maintenance and management of the Spanish motorway network (Ferrovial servicios), 17 August 2021, Concurrences N° 4-2021, Art. N° 103476, pp. 191-192

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