The EU General Court reduced a fine imposed by the EC on energy companies GDF Suez and E.ON for dividing the European market by €466 million. The French and German companies, two of the world’s largest in the energy sector, agreed in 1975 not to sell gas transported through the MEGAL network in each other’s home market when they jointly built the pipeline. In 2009, the EC fined each company €553 million for sharing the European market, a decision appealed against by the companies. The General Court confirmed that the agreements signed between the two companies violated competition law. However, the Court reduced the penalties to €320 million for each company as it found that the EC wrongly estimated the length of the antitrust infringement when it originally punished the energy companies.