Damages claim by the European Commission

The intro of the press release of the Commission sais: “The European Commission has filed cases with the Tribunal de Commerce in Brussels seeking compensation from four lifts companies for damages suffered from inflated prices for the installation and maintenance of lifts and escalators. In 2007 these companies were found by the Commission to have operated illegal cartels in several countries, in breach of EC Treaty rules on cartels and restrictive business practices (see IP/07/209). No final amount of the damage can yet be calculated, given the complexity and variety of contractual relations, but it is expected that expert assessments in the context of the court cases will help identify the total amount of overpayment suffered. The Commission’s action covers claims for its own buildings and those of other EU institutions, both in Brussels and Luxembourg”

Any recovery of taxpayers’ money is welcome.

I am pretty sure we will see some comments on the “judge and adjudicator” debate, namely that the Commission is going to sue based on a case that was investigated and decided by it. Since it is a “follow on” claim, this is going to be interesting…

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