It is the policy and practice of the International Nut and Dried Fruit Council (INC) to conduct all of its meetings and activities in strict compliance with applicable European antitrust and competition laws. INC activities are subject to all applicable European antitrust and competition laws, and compliance with said laws is therefore required of all participants of the World Nut and Dried Fruit Congress and anyone making presentations. Because Congress delegates and participants are often competitors, it is particularly important to comply fully with antitrust laws. These laws seek to ensure that competition in the common market is not distorted. The following shall be prohibited: all agreements between undertakings, decisions by associations of undertakings and concerted practices which may affect trade and which have as their object or effect the prevention, restriction or distortion of competition within the internal market, and in particular those which:
(a) directly or indirectly fix purchase or selling prices or any other trading conditions;
(b) limit or control production, markets, technical development, or investment;
(c) share markets or sources of supply;
(d) apply dissimilar conditions to equivalent transactions with other trading parties, thereby placing them at a competitive disadvantage;
(e) make the conclusion of contracts subject to acceptance by the other parties of supplementary obligations which, by their nature or according to commercial usage, have no connection with the subject of such contracts.
Source: Consolidated version of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union – Part Three: Union Policies and Internal Actions – Title VII: Common Rules on Competition, Taxation and Approximation of Laws – Chapter 1: Rules on competition – Section 1: Rules applying to undertakings – Article 101 (http://eur-lex.europa.eu/ legal-content/EN/ALL/?uri= CELEX:12008E101).