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CJEU Case C-607/18 P / Judgment

NKT Verwaltungs GmbH and NKT A/S v European Commission

Deciding Body type:
Court of Justice of the European Union
Deciding Body:
Court (Seventh Chamber)
Type:
Decision
Decision date:
14/05/2020

Key facts of the case:

Appeal – Competition – Agreements, decisions and concerted practices – European market for underground and submarine power cables – Market allocation in connection with projects – Fines – Rights of the defence – Regulation (EC) No 1/2003 – Article 27(1) – Consistency between the statement of objections and the decision at issue – Access to the file – Single and continuous infringement – Burden of proof – Distortion of arguments and evidence.

Outcome of the case:

On those grounds, the Court (Seventh Chamber) hereby:

  1. Sets aside point 1 of the operative part of the judgment of the General Court of the European Union of 12 July 2018, NKT Verwaltungs and NKT v Commission (T‑447/14, not published, EU:T:2018:443) to the extent that the General Court thereby dismissed the action brought by NKT Verwaltungs GmbH and NKT A/S for annulment of Commission Decision C(2014) 2139 final of 2 April 2014 relating to a proceeding under Article 101 [TFEU] and Article 53 of the EEA Agreement (Case AT.39610 — Power cables) in so far as that decision finds those companies liable for an infringement of Article 101 TFEU and Article 53 of the Agreement on the European Economic Area of 2 May 1992, and in so far as that infringement concerns, first, conduct related to sales in countries that are not members of the European Union or the European Economic Area (EEA); second, a collective refusal to supply accessories and technical assistance to competitors not participating in the cartel at issue; and, third, as regards the period from 3 July 2002 to 21 November 2002, the allocation of underground power cable projects in the EEA;
  2. Sets aside point 1 of the operative part of the judgment of the General Court of the European Union of 12 July 2018, NKT Verwaltungs and NKT v Commission (T‑447/14, not published, EU:T:2018:443) also to the extent that the General Court thereby dismissed the application of NKT Verwaltungs GmbH and NKT A/S for a reduction in the amount of the fine imposed on them, and point 2 of the operative part of that judgment;
  3. Dismisses the appeal as to the remainder;
  4. Annuls Decision C(2014) 2139 final in so far as it finds NKT Verwaltungs GmbH, formerly nkt cables GmbH, and NKT A/S, formerly NKT Holding A/S, liable for an infringement of Article 101 TFEU and Article 53 of the Agreement on the European Economic Area of 2 May 1992, and in so far as that infringement concerns, first, conduct related to sales in countries that are not members of the European Union or the European Economic Area (EEA); second, a collective refusal to supply accessories and technical assistance to competitors not participating in the cartel at issue; and, third, as regards the period from 3 July 2002 to 21 November 2002, the allocation of underground power cable projects in the EEA;
  5. Fixes the amount of the fine imposed on NKT Verwaltungs GmbH, formerly nkt cables GmbH, and on NKT A/S, formerly NKT Holding A/S, in Article 2(e) of Decision C(2014) 2139 final at EUR 3 687 000;
  6. Orders NKT Verwaltungs GmbH, NKT A/S and the European Commission to bear their own costs of the proceedings at first instance and of the appeal.