The European Commission has addressed a decision to Groupement des Cartes Bancaires (France) in which it concludes that the Groupement has infringed EC Competition rules. According to the decision, the Groupement adopted price measures that hinder the issuing of cards in France at competitive rates by certain member banks. The Commission alleges that consumers are deprived of a more diversified product offering at competitive prices. The decision orders the Groupement to annul the price measures with immediate effect and to avoid taking any future measures with a similar purpose or effect. The Commission has decided not to impose a fine on the Groupement as the measures were notified with a view to obtaining a decision on their compatibility with the competition rules.