You are most likely having a discussion on antitrust as well in your organization or feeling its effects. You are though still willing to exchange with others, right..?
During the antitrust discussion in summer 2017, the prostep ivip Association has decided to engage a cartel lawyer and, in so doing, examine its activities and projects. The result of this investigation is a great opportunity for us to highlight that activities of the Association are conform to antitrust law, and even fostering competition according to “EU guidelines on the applicability of Article 101” (cf. chapter 7).
The activities carried out by the prostep ivip Association improve the ability to communication and increase transparency. This in turn makes it easier for the individual companies to involve different market players, thus promoting competition, for example in the context of R&D. On the other hand, no influence is exerted on which products are developed and launched onto the market and which are not, or on how the products and services are designed.
prostep ivip develops standards to improve communication and openness. The association is active in a pre-competitive area, is neutral and provides access to standardization to all its members as well as to the engineering and manufacturing communities.
See also the declaration of prostep ivip e.V. on Antitrust Law.