The French Competition Authority condemns an agricultural economic committee for preventing access to the market and rejects the State’s action doctrine argument (Brittany cauliflowers)

The French Competition Council condemned on the 15 March 2005 the agricultural economic committee of fruit and vegetables of Brittany (CERAFEL) and several producers' organizations for maintaining cartels in the wholesale marketing of Brittany cauliflowers. In the light of the recently enforced Council Regulation (EC) n° 1/2003, of 16 December 2002, on the implementation of the rules on competition laid down in Articles 81 and 82 of the Treaty (OJEU L 1, 4 january 2003, p. 1-25), this decision is an interesting example of European and French competition legislation relating to cartels, both as regards their prohibition and by virtue of the exemption conditions of such agreements. Moreover, the Council held that there was no point in taking action against the public authorities for

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Jean-Patrice de La Laurencie, Mathieu Vernes, The French Competition Authority condemns an agricultural economic committee for preventing access to the market and rejects the State’s action doctrine argument (Brittany cauliflowers), 15 mars 2005, e-Competitions March 2005, Art. N° 2

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