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Italy Urged To Liberalize Gas Retail Market

Law360 (January 19, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- Italy's antitrust watchdog has urged the country’s parliament to liberalize competition between the country’s gasoline service stations in order to bring down prices and encourage new businesses to enter the market.

The Italian Anti-Trust Authority on Thursday criticized the country’s regional laws, which discourage new gas companies from opening. It also noted that although Italy still has a larger number of stations nationwide compared to other European countries in the so-called large retail network, the number appears to be shrinking and average prices are relatively high....
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