On 6 January 2010, the Commission published in the Official Journal a summary of its October 2009 decision to accept binding commitments from the International Association of Classification Societies (“IACS”) under Article 9 of Regulation 1/2003 (OJ 2010 C2/5). The Commission was concerned that IACS might have prevented non-member ship classification societies from joining IACS, from participating in its technical workshops and from accessing technical background documents. This may have resulted in a restriction of competition in ship classification services, contrary to Article 101 of the TFEU, by placing non-members of IACS at a significant competitive disadvantage. To address these concerns, IACS has agreed to establish new qualitative membership criteria and procedures for allowing non-members to access working groups and technical information. The Commission concluded that the commitments were sufficient to resolve its competition concerns about the membership criteria, procedures and rules of the IACS.
6 January 2010