The EU Court of Justice rules that the regulatory activity of professional associations is subject to competition rules (Ordem dos Técnicos Oficiais de Contas)

In Ordem dos Técnicos Oficiais de Contas v Autoridade da Concorrência(judgment of 28 February 2013), the Court of Justice of the European Union weighed in on the issue whether a regulatory activity of a statutory professional association was an economic activity subject to assessment under competition law or an exercise of public authority outside the reach of competition law. The judgment brings further clarity to the applicability of competition rules to public bodies when carrying out their activity, the topic we addressed in our previous post. Background of the case The Order of Chartered Accountants (Ordem dos Técnicos Oficiais de Contas, the OTOC) is a compulsory professional association of chartered accountants in Portugal. By virtue of its statute, which forms an annex of a law,

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Tijana Kojović, The EU Court of Justice rules that the regulatory activity of professional associations is subject to competition rules (Ordem dos Técnicos Oficiais de Contas), 28 février 2013, e-Competitions February 2013, Art. N° 97710

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