The Dutch Trade and Industry Appeals Tribunal upholds the annulment of the nearly € 41 million abuse of dominance fine imposed by the Competition Authority against a railway company (Nederlandse Spoorwegen)

On 1 June 2021 the Dutch Trade and Industry Appeals Tribunal (“CBb”), which is the highest administrative court in the Netherlands, upheld the annulment of the nearly € 41 million abuse of dominance fine imposed by the Authority for Consumers and Markets (“ACM”, the Dutch competition authority) on the railway incumbent Nederlandse Spoorwegen (“NS”). Although NS is until 2025 the sole concession holder for the exploitation of the main rail network (“MRN”) in the Netherlands, the CBb ruled that ACM failed to establish that NS holds a dominant position on the market for the exercise of the right to exploit the MRN. This ruling shows that holding a sole concession and as such exploiting a legal monopoly with a 100% market share, is not sufficient to

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Piet-Hein Eijssen, Matteo Stainer, The Dutch Trade and Industry Appeals Tribunal upholds the annulment of the nearly € 41 million abuse of dominance fine imposed by the Competition Authority against a railway company (Nederlandse Spoorwegen), 1er juin 2021, e-Competitions June 2021, Art. N° 101523

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