The Dutch Trade and Industry Appeals Tribunal overturns a decision by the NCA not to investigate an excessive pricing complaint (KLM / SLM)

The complaint The appeal relates to a complaint submitted by a society of travellers (Vereniging van Reizigers -“VVR”) to the Netherlands Competition Authority (“NMa”) on 16 April 2003. The complaint alleges that the airlines KLM and SLM are abusing their dominant position on the route Amsterdam - Paramaribo v.v. by charging excessive rates. The NMa did not initiate an investigation. Procedure On 15 May 2003, the NMa informed the VVR that it would not investigate the complaint referring to its discretionary power to prioritise investigations. On 21 June 2004, the NMa turns down the VVR‘s appeal of this decision. On 13 December 2004, the Rotterdam District Court rules that the VVR‘s appeal is successful. On 11 November 2005, the Tribunal issues its decision on the appeal by the NMa. In

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Maurice De Valois Turk, The Dutch Trade and Industry Appeals Tribunal overturns a decision by the NCA not to investigate an excessive pricing complaint (KLM / SLM), 20 août 2010, e-Competitions August 2010, Art. N° 38330

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