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24th February 2020
Competition & State Aid

Commission fines hotel group Meliá for breach of antitrust rules

The European Commission has imposed on Spanish hotel group Meliá a fine of 6,678,000 EUR for including restrictive clauses in its agreements with tour operators. These clauses discriminate against consumers within the European Economic Area (EEA) based on their place of residence, in breach of Article 101 of the  Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union  (TFEU), which prohibits agreements between companies that prevent, restrict or distort competition within the single market.

Antitrust investigations were opened by the Commission in February 2017, following complaints from consumers, regarding hotel accommodation agreements concluded by Meliá and also by the four largest European tour operators (Kuoni, REWE, Thomas Cook, a

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