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Recylex and Others v Commission

The Commission takes note of today´s Court of Justice judgment concerning the appeal of Recylex SA against the judgment of the General Court of 23 May 2019 on the Commission decision in the Car battery recycling cartel. <br />In today’s judgment, the Court of Justice entirely upheld the judgment of the General Court and dismissed the appeal.

 
Commission fines investment banks € 371 million for participating in a European Governments Bonds trading cartel

<strong>20/05/2021</strong>. The European Commission has found that <strong>Bank of America</strong>, <strong>Natixis</strong>, <strong>Nomura</strong>, <strong>RBS</strong> (now NatWest), <strong>UBS</strong>, <strong>UniCredit</strong> and <strong>WestLB </strong>(now Portigon) have breached EU antitrust rules through the participation of a group of traders in a cartel in the primary and secondary market for European Government Bonds (‘EGB').

 
Italmobiliare and Others v Commission

The Commission takes note of the judgment by the Court of Justice concerning the appeal of Italmobiliare and Others (“Italmobiliare”) against the judgment of the General Court of 11 July 2019 that upheld the Commission decision in the retail food packaging cartel case. <br /><br /> In today’s judgment, the Court of Justice entirely dismissed the appeal and indirectly confirmed the validity of the Commission’s decision.

 
Pometon v Commission

The Commission takes note of the judgment of the European Court of Justice that confirms the Commission’s decision of 2016 on Pometon SpA’s participation in the steel abrasives cartel.<br /><br /> Today’s judgment also brings clarity on the Commission’s approach for hybrid staggered settlement cartel cases. <br /><br />The Commission also notes that the European Court of Justice has reduced the amount of the fine imposed on Pometon following its finding that the Commission had incorrectly determined the basic amount of that fine.

 
The Goldman Sachs Group v Commission

The Commission takes note of the judgment of the Court of Justice (CJEU) dismissing on the appeal of Goldman Sachs against the judgment of the General Court of 12 July 2018 that upheld the Commission Decision relating to the Power Cables cartel. The CJEU upheld in full the judgment of the General Court. <br /><br /> The Commission will carefully examine the judgment.

 
Whiteland Import Export

The Court ruled in Case C 308/19, a request for a preliminary ruling filed by the High Court of Cassation and Justice in Romania in the proceedings between the Consiliul Concurenţei and Whiteland Import Export SRL. <br /><br />The Court ruled that Art. 25 of Regulation (EC) No 1/2003, which provides for a limitation period for the imposition of penalties on undertakings responsible for anti-competitive practices, refers only to the powers of the European Commission. <br /><br />The Court also ruled that the interruption of the national limitation period is governed by Member States. In the light of the effectiveness principle, national limitation rules are precluded from interrupting that period where it becomes apparent that such an exclusion presents a systemic risk of impunity for the acts constituting the offences.

 
Commission v Printeos

The Commission takes note of the judgment by the Court of Justice concerning its appeal against the judgment of the General Court of 12 February 2019 in relation to the Envelopes cartel case. <br /><br /> The Court of Justice ruled that the Commission is to pay default interest when reimbursing a competition fine provisionally paid by an addressee who contested it, and which is later annulled or decreased by the Court. <br /><br /> The Commission will carefully study the judgment and reflect on possible next steps.

 
Kilpailu- ja kuluttajavirasto

The Commission takes note of the judgment by the Court of Justice in relation to a national reference from the Supreme Administrative Court in Finland in a case concerning the duration of an alleged infringement of Article 101(1) TFEU in a bid-rigging cartel in the sector of a tender for the construction of high-voltage power lines in Finland. <br /><br /> In the judgment, the Court of Justice clarifies the duration of an infringement of Article 101(1) TFEU in bid-rigging situations. In particular, it held that the infringement period lasted until the date of signature of the contract concluded between the bid-rigging company and the contracting party on the basis of previously submitted tender, provided that the contract determines all the essential aspects of the contract, including in particular the overall price to be paid.

 
Pirelli & C. v Commission

The Commission takes note of the judgment from the Court of Justice dismissing the appeal of Pirelli against the judgment of the General Court and entirely confirming the Commission Decision of 12 July 2018 imposing a fine for Pirelli’s participation in the Power Cables cartel.<br /><br /> The Commission will carefully examine this judgment.

 
Nexans France and Nexans v Commission

The Commission takes note of today’s judgment of the Court of Justice dismissing the appeal of Nexans against the judgment of the General Court and entirely confirming the Commission Decision of 12 July 2018 imposing a fine for Nexan’s participation in the Power Cables cartel. The Commission will carefully examine the judgment.

 
Case C-435/18 - Otis and Others

The Commission welcomes the ruling by the EU Court of Justice. This ruling strengthens the right of victims of EU antitrust infringements to effectively seek damages for the harm suffered, particularly in factually complex cases. The ruling reiterates that rules on causation cannot exclude anyone a priori from claiming such damages and clarifies that this applies even to those persons who are not active as suppliers or customers on the market affected by a cartel.

 
Case C-593/18 P - ABB Ltd and ABB AB vs. European Commission

The Commission takes note of the judgment of the Court of Justice partially upholding the appeal of ABB against the judgment of the General Court of 12 July 2018 and partially annulling the Commission decision. The Commission will carefully examine the judgment.

 
Cases C-591/18 P, C-596/18 P - Brugg Kabel and Kabelwerke Brugg / LS Cable & System vs. European Commission

The Commission takes note of the judgments of the Court of Justice dismissing the appeals of Brugg Kabel and LS Cable against the judgments of the General Court of 12 July 2018 on the Commission Decision imposing fines on them for participating in the Power Cables cartel. <br> <a href="http://curia.europa.eu/juris/liste.jsf?language=en&td=ALL&num=C-591/18%20P">Case C-591/18 P Brugg Kabel AG and Kabelwerke Brugg AG Holding</a> <a href="http://curia.europa.eu/juris/liste.jsf?language=en&td=ALL&num=C-596/18%20P">Case C-596/18 P LS Cable & System Ltd</a>

 
EU Protects - Truck cartel case in the spotlight

The EU Protects campaign took a close look at our Truck cartel case. Discover how EU investigators and national authorities work hand in hand to safeguard fair competition in Europe and give a voice to anyone speaking out against anti-competitive practices.

 
Case C-39/18 P - European Commission vs. Icap and Others

The Commission takes note of the judgement by the Court of Justice, which dismisses the Commission’s appeal against the General Court’s judgment relating to the fine imposed on a company that would have facilitated a cartel. The Commission will carefully study the judgement.