The Turkish Competition Authority imposes record fine on four major players operating in the fuel distribution sector (Shell / BP / OPET / PO)

Introduction In March 2020, the Turkish Competition Authority (“TCA”) imposed a hefty fine amounting to approximately TRY 1.5 billion in total (approx. EUR 170 million) [1] on four undertakings operating in the fuel distribution sector, namely BP Petrolleri A.Ş. (“BP”), OPET Petrolcülük A.Ş. (“OPET”), Petrol Ofisi A.Ş. (“PO”) and Shell & Turcas A.Ş. (“Shell”) [2] [3]. The fine was based on the premises that the concerned undertakings violated Article 4 of the Law No. 4054 on the Protection of Competition (“Competition Law”) via the resale price maintenance practices which is often on the TCA’s agenda in the recent times. On 21.09.2020, the TCA has published its reasoned decision on this case. When we take a glance at the details of its reasoning, as will be explained below, it seems that this

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Bahadır Balkı, Mustafa Ayna, Özlem Başıböyük, The Turkish Competition Authority imposes record fine on four major players operating in the fuel distribution sector (Shell / BP / OPET / PO), 12 mars 2020, e-Competitions March 2020, Art. N° 97265

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