EU court adviser backs Germany's Nordzucker over double jeopardy risk in antitrust cases

Thursday, September 2, 2021
BRUSSELS, Sept 2 (Reuters) - Germany's second largest sugar refiner Nordzucker should not be penalised twice for the same antitrust offence, an advisor to Europe's top court said on Thursday, but said a separate case involving Belgian postal operator Bpost (BPOST.BR) faces no such double jeopardy risk. Nordzucker and its rival Suedzucker (SZUG.DE), Europe's largest sugar producer, were fined by the German antitrust regulator in 2014 for taking part in a cartel. The Austrian competition watchdog is seeking to issue a declaration that both companies also breached national cartel laws.
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