Guidelines on activities of associations: How to avoid Competition Law Infringements

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Activities of associations are important for businesses due to the promotion of interests of companies acting in a particular sector. Representatives of undertakings may be subject to regular meetings in order to discuss the ongoing processes and relevant problems in the market, exchange knowledge, experience and specific information. Information provided by associations and their members can also help the lawmakers and other public institutions to adopt certain sector-specific decisions. Nevertheless, membership in the association neither excludes, nor restricts the application of competition rules. An association and its members might suffer from serious consequences if an association adopts decisions which restrict competition, or if it becomes a platform for the companies to enter into anti-competitive agreements. The Lithuanian competition authority created the guidelines to help associations and its members to avoid the risks of competition law infringements.