Cartel of French suppliers of electricity cables

Conseil de la concurrence decision (28 pages in French, PDF) finding that suppliers of a specific type of underground electricity cable used on EDF's French distribution system had colluded in breach of Article 81 and the equivalent provisions of French competition law.

The charges relate to information exchanges ahead of EDF e-tendering processes in 2001 and 2002. The companies involved did not dispute the charges (in exchange for a reduction in the fine).

The companies argued that the cartel had a small effect on prices, and submitted economics studies to that effect. The Conseil took the view that this evidence was not convincing and in any event of limited relevance to the assessment of the damage to the economy (which might affect financial penalties). The decision does not address any question related to damages that might be claimed by EDF.

For further information or advice please contact Franck Latrémolière.

Filed under Article 81, Electricity, France.

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