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CJEU - Joined cases T 217/03 and T 245/03 / Judgment

Fédération nationale de la coopération bétail et viande (FNCBV), and Fédération nationale des syndicats d'exploitants agricoles (FNSEA) and Others v Commission of the European Communities

Policy area:
Competition
Deciding Body type:
Court of Justice of the European Union
Deciding Body:
Court of First Instance (First Chamber)
Type:
Decision
Decision date:
13/12/2006

Key facts of the case:

Competition - Article 81(1) EC - Beef - Suspension of imports - Fixing of a union price scale - Regulation No 26 - Associations of undertakings - Restriction of competition - Trade union action - Effect on trade between Member States - Obligation to state reasons - Guidelines on the method of setting fines - Principle of proportionality - Gravity and duration of the infringement - Aggravating and attenuating circumstances - Prohibition of multiple sanctions - Rights of the defence.

Outcome of the case:

THE COURT OF FIRST INSTANCE (First Chamber) hereby:

  1. Sets the amount of the fine imposed on the Fédération nationale de la coopération bétail et viande, the applicant in Case T-217/03, at EUR 360 000;
  2. Sets the amount of the fines imposed on the applicants in Case T-245/03 as follows: EUR 9 000 000 for the Fédération nationale des syndicats d’exploitants agricoles, EUR 1 080 000 for the Fédération nationale bovine, EUR 1 080 000 for the Fédération nationale des producteurs de lait and EUR 450 000 for Jeunes agriculteurs;
  3. Dismisses the remainder of the application;
  4. Orders the applicants to bear their own costs in the main proceedings and to pay three-quarters of those of the Commission in the main proceedings;
  5. Orders the Commission to bear one-quarter of its costs in the main proceedings and to pay all the costs in the proceedings for interim measures;
  6. Orders the French Republic to bear its own costs.