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The Spanish Confederation of Transport of Goods (CETM) will present in the coming weeks some 6,000 lawsuits against the six manufacturers accused by Brussels of setting the prices of these vehicles for fourteen years.

Just over twenty years ago, in January 1997, Brussels witnessed a meeting between six of the largest truck manufacturers in Europe (Daf, Iveco, MAN, Mercedes, Renault and Volvo). As announced by the European Commission a little over a year ago, this was the beginning of a cartel that would last more than ten years and in which six companies controlled prices and new technologies that reached the market.

Brussels decided to sanction this agreement with a fine of 2,930 million euros, the highest fine imposed on a cartel. But everything points to the fact that this will not be the only amount that companies will have to pay, but also that they will have to face the great amount of demands that are coming to them.

The first sentences in Spain will arrive this year, the Spanish carriers that have been harmed have a claim period of five years. It is estimated that the return by truck will be between 13,000 and 16,000 euros. Spanish hauliers who bought a Mercedes-Benz (Daimler), Renault, Volvo, Scania, Daf or MAN truck between 1997 and 2011 will have a period of five years to present documentation certifying the purchase of the vehicle. It is estimated that the demands will cost 400 million for companies.

In Germany, the extra cost of trucks was between 70,000 and 75,000 euros, which represents an increase over its original price of 12.5%, a variation similar to that which could occur in Spain.

Not only has it failed to comply with European standards, but the Spanish Constitution itself in terms of free market.

According to the European Competition Commission, Scania was responsible for organizing the meetings. The first meeting to set prices took place in January 1997 in Brussels, and from there the six brands held frequent meetings.

The cartel established the basic factory prices of its medium and heavy trucks according to the country of sale, and as it has become common, they altered the control of polluting emissions.

Clarify that the concessionaires have been declared exempt from all responsibility and blame for these events.