Judgment of the General Court (Fourth Chamber) of 15 July 2015

Akzo Nobel NV and Others v European Commission

Competition — Agreements, decisions and concerted practices — European markets in heat stabilisers — Decision finding two infringements of Article 81 EC and Article 53 of the EEA Agreement — Price fixing, market allocation and exchange of commercially sensitive information — Duration of the infringements — Limitation period — Duration of the administrative procedure — Reasonable time — Rights of the defence — Attribution of the infringements — Infringements committed by the subsidiaries, by a partnership without legal personality of its own and by a subsidiary — Calculation of the amount of the fines

Case T-47/10



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Document Date Name of the parties Subject-matter Curia EUR-Lex
Judgment (OJ)
28/08/2015 Akzo Nobel and Others v Commission
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Judgment
ECLI:EU:T:2015:506
15/07/2015 Akzo Nobel and Others v Commission
Judgment (extracts)
ECLI:EU:T:2015:506
15/07/2015 Akzo Nobel and Others v Commission
Judgment (Summary)
ECLI:EU:T:2015:506
15/07/2015 Akzo Nobel and Others v Commission
Application (OJ)
17/04/2010 Akzo Nobel and Others v Commission
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Reports of Cases

not yet published (Court Reports - general) - publication in extract form

Subject-matter

Annulment of Commission Decision C(2009) 8682 final of 11 November 2009 relating to a proceeding under Article 81 of the EC Treaty and Article 53 of the EEA Agreement (Case COMP/C.38.589 - Heat stabilisers) in respect of cartels in the markets for tin stabilisers and ESBO/esters heat stabilisers throughout the whole of the EEA involving price fixing, market sharing and the exchange of sensitive commercial information or, in the alternative, cancellation or reduction of the fine imposed on the applicant

Systematic classification scheme

1.
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.08 Competition
    4.08.03 Implementation of the competition rules
      4.08.03.02 Procedure for the application of the competition rules by the Commission
        4.08.03.02.00 General
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.08 Competition
    4.08.03 Implementation of the competition rules
      4.08.03.02 Procedure for the application of the competition rules by the Commission
        4.08.03.02.09 Fines
          4.08.03.02.09.00 General
1 The legal order of the European Union
  1.01 Sources of EU law
    1.01.02 General principles of law
      1.01.02.05 Rights of the defence and procedural guarantees
4 Internal policy of the European Union
  4.08 Competition
    4.08.03 Implementation of the competition rules
      4.08.03.02 Procedure for the application of the competition rules by the Commission
        4.08.03.02.09 Fines
          4.08.03.02.09.02 Determining the amount of the fine


Citations of case-law or legislation

References in grounds of judgment

  • EC Treaty (Amsterdam), Article 81 : paragraphs 33, 115, 118, 395, 400, 403, 446
  • EC Treaty (Amsterdam), Article 81 -P1 : paragraphs 127, 132
  • Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU (2007), Article 41 -P2LA : paragraph 347
  • Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU (2007), Article 41 -P2LB : paragraph 347
  • Agreement on the European Economic Area -A53 : paragraph 33
  • Regulation 17/62 -A14P3 : paragraphs 14, 15, 21
  • Regulation 4064/89 : paragraph 7
  • Non-opposition to a Notified Concentration - 31993M0310 : paragraphs 8, 389, 395, 407
  • Regulation 1/2003 : paragraph 429
  • Regulation 1/2003 -A18 : paragraph 30
  • Regulation 1/2003 -A23P2 : paragraph 426
  • Regulation 1/2003 -A23P2LA : paragraph 45
  • Regulation 1/2003 -A25 : paragraphs 115, 125, 126
  • Regulation 1/2003 -A25P1LB : paragraphs 104, 108, 117, 118, 129, 144, 248, 282
  • Regulation 1/2003 -A25P2 : paragraph 119
  • Regulation 1/2003 -A25P3 : paragraphs 120, 124, 127
  • Regulation 1/2003 -A25P4 : paragraph 127
  • Regulation 1/2003 -A25P5 : paragraphs 105, 145, 282
  • Commission - Other Acts - 52002XC0219(02) : paragraph 13
  • Commission - Other Acts - 52006XC0901(01) : paragraph 45
  • Commission - Other Acts - 52006XC0901(01) -P13 : paragraphs 434, 439, 441, 442
  • Commission - Other Acts - 52010XC1112(01) : paragraphs 1, 36, 37, 39, 50, 232, 259, 263, 269, 272, 280, 281, 284, 285, 318, 323, 325
  • Commission - Other Acts - 52010XC1112(01) -A01 : paragraphs 35, 38
  • Commission - Other Acts - 52010XC1112(01) -A01P1LB : paragraphs 107, 111, 121
  • Commission - Other Acts - 52010XC1112(01) -A01P2LB : paragraphs 107, 111, 121
  • Commission - Other Acts - 52010XC1112(01) -A02 : paragraphs 44, 62, 113, 129, 331, 436
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -238/99 -N192 : paragraph 302
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -204/00 -N71 : paragraph 351
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -204/00 -N72 : paragraph 352
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -204/00 -N73 : paragraph 353
  • General Court - Judgment T -5/00 -N74 : paragraph 303
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -484/01 : paragraph 25
  • General Court - Judgment T -314/01 : paragraph 388
  • General Court - Judgment T -22/02 -N60 : paragraph 125
  • General Court - Judgment T -22/02 -N61 : paragraph 125
  • General Court - Judgment T -22/02 -N62 : paragraph 125
  • General Court - Judgment T -22/02 -N63 : paragraph 125
  • General Court - Judgment T -43/02 -N353 : paragraph 350
  • General Court - Judgment T -43/02 -N355 : paragraph 350
  • General Court - Judgment T -125/03 : paragraph 29
  • General Court - Judgment T -125/03 -N184 : paragraph 28
  • General Court - Judgment T -125/03 -N57 : paragraph 28
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -113/04 -N40 : paragraph 301
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -113/04 -N61 : paragraph 305
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -113/04 -N64 : paragraph 305
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -411/04 -N42 : paragraph 316
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -411/04 -N45 : paragraph 315
  • Court of Justice - Order C -7/04 : paragraphs 26, 288
  • General Court - Judgment T -405/06 -N167 : paragraph 304
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -97/08 -N57 : paragraph 126
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -97/08 -N59 : paragraph 126
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -201/09 : paragraphs 48, 52
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -110/10 -N47 : paragraph 346
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -110/10 -N48 : paragraph 347
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -110/10 -N49 : paragraph 348
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -110/10 -N50 : paragraph 349
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -110/10 -N51 : paragraph 353
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -110/10 -N52 : paragraph 353
  • General Court - Judgment T -27/10 -N278 : paragraph 324
  • General Court - Judgment T -30/10 -N117 : paragraph 132
  • General Court - Judgment T -30/10 -N118 : paragraph 133
  • General Court - Judgment T -30/10 -N119 : paragraph 134
  • General Court - Judgment T -30/10 -N120 : paragraph 135
  • General Court - Judgment T -30/10 -N121 : paragraph 136
  • General Court - Judgment T -30/10 -N122 : paragraphs 137, 240
  • General Court - Judgment T -30/10 -N123 : paragraphs 138, 240
  • General Court - Judgment T -30/10 -N124 : paragraphs 139, 240
  • General Court - Judgment T -30/10 -N125 : paragraphs 140, 240
  • General Court - Judgment T -30/10 -N126 : paragraphs 141, 240
  • General Court - Judgment T -30/10 -N127 : paragraphs 142, 240
  • General Court - Judgment T -30/10 -N128 : paragraph 240
  • General Court - Judgment T -30/10 -N129 : paragraph 240
  • General Court - Judgment T -30/10 -N130 : paragraph 240
  • General Court - Judgment T -30/10 -N131 : paragraph 240
  • General Court - Judgment T -30/10 -N132 : paragraph 240
  • General Court - Judgment T -30/10 -N133 : paragraph 240
  • General Court - Judgment T -30/10 -N134 : paragraph 240
  • General Court - Judgment T -30/10 -N135 : paragraph 240
  • General Court - Judgment T -30/10 -N136 : paragraph 240
  • General Court - Judgment T -30/10 -N137 : paragraph 240
  • General Court - Judgment T -30/10 -N138 : paragraph 240
  • General Court - Judgment T -30/10 -N139 : paragraph 240
  • General Court - Judgment T -30/10 -N140 : paragraph 240
  • General Court - Judgment T -30/10 -N141 : paragraph 240
  • General Court - Judgment T -30/10 -N142 : paragraph 240
  • General Court - Judgment T -30/10 -N143 : paragraph 240
  • General Court - Judgment T -30/10 -N144 : paragraph 240
  • General Court - Judgment T -30/10 -N145 : paragraph 240
  • General Court - Judgment T -30/10 -N146 : paragraph 240
  • General Court - Judgment T -30/10 -N147 : paragraph 240
  • General Court - Judgment T -30/10 -N148 : paragraph 240
  • General Court - Judgment T -30/10 -N149 : paragraph 240
  • General Court - Judgment T -30/10 -N150 : paragraph 240
  • General Court - Judgment T -30/10 -N151 : paragraph 240
  • General Court - Judgment T -30/10 -N152 : paragraph 240
  • General Court - Judgment T -30/10 -N153 : paragraph 240
  • General Court - Judgment T -30/10 -N154 : paragraph 240
  • General Court - Judgment T -30/10 -N155 : paragraph 240
  • General Court - Judgment T -30/10 -N156 : paragraph 240
  • General Court - Judgment T -30/10 -N157 : paragraph 240
  • General Court - Judgment T -30/10 -N158 : paragraph 240
  • General Court - Judgment T -30/10 -N159 : paragraph 240
  • General Court - Judgment T -30/10 -N160 : paragraph 240
  • General Court - Judgment T -30/10 -N161 : paragraph 240
  • General Court - Judgment T -30/10 -N162 : paragraph 240
  • General Court - Judgment T -30/10 -N163 : paragraph 240
  • General Court - Judgment T -30/10 -N164 : paragraph 240
  • General Court - Judgment T -30/10 -N165 : paragraph 240
  • General Court - Judgment T -30/10 -N166 : paragraph 240
  • General Court - Judgment T -30/10 -N167 : paragraph 240
  • General Court - Judgment T -30/10 -N168 : paragraph 240
  • General Court - Judgment T -30/10 -N169 : paragraph 240
  • General Court - Judgment T -30/10 -N170 : paragraph 240
  • General Court - Judgment T -30/10 -N171 : paragraph 240
  • General Court - Judgment T -30/10 -N172 : paragraph 240
  • General Court - Judgment T -30/10 -N173 : paragraph 240
  • General Court - Judgment T -30/10 -N174 : paragraph 240
  • General Court - Judgment T -30/10 -N175 : paragraph 240
  • General Court - Judgment T -30/10 -N176 : paragraph 240
  • General Court - Judgment T -30/10 -N177 : paragraph 240
  • General Court - Judgment T -30/10 -N178 : paragraph 240
  • General Court - Judgment T -30/10 -N179 : paragraph 240
  • General Court - Judgment T -30/10 -N180 : paragraph 240
  • General Court - Judgment T -30/10 -N181 : paragraph 240
  • General Court - Judgment T -30/10 -N182 : paragraph 240
  • General Court - Judgment T -30/10 -N183 : paragraph 240
  • General Court - Judgment T -30/10 -N184 : paragraph 240
  • General Court - Judgment T -30/10 -N185 : paragraph 240
  • General Court - Judgment T -372/10 -N193 : paragraph 126
  • General Court - Judgment T -372/10 -N194 : paragraphs 125, 126
  • General Court - Judgment T -372/10 -N195 : paragraph 126
  • General Court - Judgment T -372/10 -N196 : paragraph 126
  • General Court - Judgment T -372/10 -N198 : paragraph 127
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -231/11 : paragraphs 81, 83, 86 - 89, 398
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -231/11 -N50 : paragraph 425
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -231/11 -N51 : paragraph 425
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -231/11 -N58 : paragraph 426
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -231/11 -N59 : paragraph 427
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -231/11 -N60 : paragraph 428
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -231/11 -N61 : paragraph 429
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -231/11 -N62 : paragraph 430
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -247/11 : paragraphs 82, 90, 92 - 95
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -179/12 -N52 : paragraph 399
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -179/12 -N53 : paragraph 400
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -179/12 -N54 : paragraph 401
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -179/12 -N56 : paragraph 402
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -179/12 -N58 : paragraph 403
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -179/12 -N67 : paragraph 404
  • Court of Justice - Judgment C -414/12 -N109 : paragraph 126

Operative part

Opinion

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Dates

Date of the lodging of the application initiating proceedings

  • 27/01/2010

Date of the Opinion

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Date of the hearing

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Date of delivery

15/07/2015


References

Publication in the Official Journal

Judgment: OJ C 302 from 14.09.2015, p.30

Application: OJ C 100 from 17.04.2010, p.54

Name of the parties

Akzo Nobel and Others v Commission

Notes on Academic Writings

  1. Idot, Laurence: Cartels de longue durée et conséquences des restructurations, Europe 2015 Octobre Comm. nº 10 p.32-33 (FR)
  2. Idot, Laurence: Cartels de longue durée et conséquences des restructurations, Europe 2015 Octobre Comm. nº 10 p.32-33 (FR)



Procedural Analysis Information

Source of the question referred for a preliminary ruling

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Subject-matter

  • Competition
  • - Agreements, decisions and concerted practices

Procedure and result

  • Actions for annulment : application granted
  • Actions for annulment : dismissal on substantive grounds
  • Appeal brought against a sanction : application granted

Formation of the Court

quatrième chambre (Tribunal)

Judge-Rapporteur

Labucka

Advocate General

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Language(s) of the Case

  • English

Language(s) of the Opinion

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