The Dutch Competition Authority finds that the larger oil companies keep the price of petrol, diesel and LPG artificially high through a system of agreements with independent filling station owners (Shell / BP / Esso / TotalFina / Texaco)

NMa: Oil Companies Keep Prices Artificially High through Agreements with Filling station Owners* The Netherlands Competition Authority (NMa) has established that the larger oil companies (Shell, BP, Esso, TotalFina and Texaco) keep the price of petrol, diesel and LPG artificially high through a system of agreements with independent filling station owners. Since all oil companies use systems for supporting filling station owners in almost identical ways, filling station owners are not given an incentive to charge prices below their suppliers' national recommended prices. This lack of mutual competition results in higher consumer prices and obstructs entry to this market. These agreements between oil companies and filling station owners are so-called vertical agreements. These are

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Netherlands Competition Authority, The Dutch Competition Authority finds that the larger oil companies keep the price of petrol, diesel and LPG artificially high through a system of agreements with independent filling station owners (Shell / BP / Esso / TotalFina / Texaco), 18 décembre 2001, e-Competitions December 2001, Art. N° 65200

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