EU antitrust and the food sector - back to the future?
Date:

19 June 2024

Time:

19:00 - 20:30 (CET)

Speaker(s):

Philippe Chauve
Head of Unit (E5)
DG COMP
European Commission

Location: In-person / by webinar

CPD: Accredited for 1.5 hours CPD (UK SRA)

Registration: Closes at 12PM (CET) on 19 June

On 23 May, the European Commission fined Mondelēz €337.5 million for trade restrictions involving twenty-two agreements or concerted practices hindering the cross-border trade of chocolate, biscuits and coffee products between Member States in breach of Article 101 TFEU.

 

The Commission also found two instances where Mondelēz abused its dominant position in breach of Article 102 TFEU.


Senior DG COMP officials have recently confirmed that tackling price differentials via parallel trade in the retail food sector is essential for EU competitiveness.


As some have commented, after nearly two decades restrictions to parallel trade in Europe appear to be making an unwelcome comeback, including in the retail food sector.


According to reports, following the Mondelēz Decision and responding to requests for action from some Member States EVP Vestager has stated that the Commission would begin a “fact-finding mission” to thoroughly investigate the resurgence in territorial restrictions in the EU.


Participants in this first 'Chatham House rule' in-person / webinar discussion with Philippe Chauve (incl. Q&As) following the Mondelēz Decision will gain insights into how the Commission and the NCAs intend to enforce the EU antitrust rules to tackle the return of market-partitioning practices and will be able to ask about the other competition challenges in the food and FMCG sectors in a high inflationary environment.


List of participants (updated 14 June)


Commission fines Mondelēz €337.5 million for cross-border trade restrictions (23.05.24) 


Mondelēz Decision (non-confidential version)[when available]


DG COMP's Mondelēz Flash  (24.05.24)


DG COMP's Agriculture, Food & Fisheries overview page (26.01.24)

Registration Fees
(Rates in €uros excluding VAT)
Category Early Normal Late
Private Sector Lawyer/Economist

175

200

225

General/In-house Counsel

160

180

200

Public Sector Lawyer

100

120

140

Full-Time Students/Academics/NGOs

50

75

100

How to participate?

You can participate in this discussion either in person (in Brussels) or by Zoom webinar.

Following registration, all participants will receive an email confirmation of participation and a receipt, once their credit card payment has been approved.

Participants will be able to join the webinar from 6:45pm (CET).

The discussion will last up to 90 minutes. All participants will receive the speaker's presentation and will be able to ask questions.

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