Cartels limit the production of products and services, and raise the prices thereof above the competitive level. The customers of a cartel also have fewer options available to them. The disclosure of cartels and the prevention thereof improves the efficiency of the markets and thereby promotes the welfare of customers and consumers.
The undertaking who leaves the cartel first may receive total immunity
An undertaking involved in cartel may receive total immunity from fines if it is the first one to contact the FCA and to disclose the cartel according to the following criteria:
- the undertaking delivers information to the FCA on the basis of which the FCA can intervene in the violation
- the undertaking is the first one to report the violation
- the undertaking delivers to the FCA all the information and documents in its possession
- the undertaking has terminated or terminates its involvement in the violation as soon as it has provided the information
- the undertaking cooperates with the FCA during the entire investigation of the matter.
If the undertaking fulfils all the above-mentioned criteria, the FCA shall not propose to the Market Court that a competition infringement fine be imposed on the undertaking.
An undertaking willing to report to the FCA its participation in a prohibited cooperation between competitors can contact the agency in one of the following ways:
Assistant Director Mr Mika Hermas 3344
Head of Research Mr Arttu Juuti 3614
Fax: +358 9 876 4478
last modified 11/6/2012