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Competition Compliance

The competition laws in the EU prohibit any kind of action which could be interpreted as illegally limiting competition.

For that reason, there will be no discussions or exchange of information at GDMB events on the following topics:

  • Company-specific pricing, prices, changes in prices, sales conditions, etc.
  • Industry-specific pricing policies, price levels, changes in prices, etc.
  • Price differences, surcharges, rebates, discounts, and credit terms
  • Production and sales costs
  • Company-specific information on sources, costs, production, inventory, sales, etc.
  • Future plans regarding investments, developments, production, and sales or marketing of specific products, including prospective regions and customers
  • People or companies that your company does or does not want to establish business relations with.

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Deepening Literature:

 

Professional Exchange During Conferences – Infringements of Competition Law? 

Representatives of various companies operating within the same sector visit the same conferences and meet for a professional exchange about the discussed issues. Of course they also talk during the breaks as well as in bars in the evening. The exact discussions are not protocoled. May there result infringements of competition law from a concerted practice because the EU commission or the Federal Cartel Office assume that at the meetings there has been exchanged information which constitute an infringement of competition law? This does not mean an exclusion of participating in such expert conferences. It is just necessary to comply with some rules.

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Information exchange in committees − infringements of competition law? 

In many expert committees representatives of various companies operating within the same sector participate and meet for a professional exchange about the discussed issues. Of course they also talk during the breaks as well as in bars in the evening. The exact discussions are not protocoled. May there result infringements of competition law from a concerted practice because the EU commission or the Federal Cartel Office assume that at the meetings there has been exchanged information which constitute an infringement of competition law? This does not mean an exclusion of participating in such expert committees. It is just necessary to comply with some rules. Symposiums and public conventions form another field. The speakers present their knowledge to a general audience.

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