The EU Commission imposes fines totalling €48M on 3 railway companies for participating in a cross-border customer allocation cartel (ÖBB / DB / SNCB)

On 20 April 2021, the EC issued its settlement decision by which it fined Deutsche Bahn (DB) and Société Nationale des Chemins de fer belges/Nationale Maatschappij der Belgische Spoorwegen (SNCB) a total of approximately EUR 48 million for participating in a cross-border customer allocation cartel for rail cargo transport in the EU (Decision C (2021) 2521 final in Case AT.40330, Rail Cargo) Background Following an application for immunity from fines made by the Austrian railways company ÖBB on 24 April 2015, the EC carried out unannounced inspections at the premises of DB in Germany in September 2015. DB applied for leniency in October 2015, and SNCB in September 2016. The EC found that the three companies were participating in a customer allocation cartel in the EU market for

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  • McDermott Will & Emery (Brussels)
  • McDermott Will & Emery (Brussels)
  • McDermott Will & Emery (Paris)
  • McDermott Will & Emery (Brussels)
  • Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer (Brussels)
  • McDermott Will & Emery (Washington)

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Philip Bentley, Jacques Buhart, Frédéric Pradelles, Hendrik Viaene, David Henry, Mary Hecht, The EU Commission imposes fines totalling €48M on 3 railway companies for participating in a cross-border customer allocation cartel (ÖBB / DB / SNCB), 20 avril 2021, e-Competitions April 2021, Art. N° 105237

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