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10Feb94 NETHERLANDS: DUTCH MOVE OPENS DOORS FOR UK FIRMS.

The Dutch government is due to drive the final nail into the coffin of the nation's building industry cartel this summer - opening the £20 billion-a-year market to British firms.Yvonne van Rooy, the economic affairs minister, said agreements on market sharing and allocating tenders would be banned from June 1.The announcement made in the Dutch official journal Staatblad last week follows the ban imposed on price-fixing agreements introduced last year.The bans cut across all industries, but mean a major change for the construction industry in the Netherlands, which for years has been controlled by an open cartel involving 4,000 firms.In 1992 Sir Leon Brittan, then the EC's competition commissioner, said that the cartel 'seriously affected the ability of outsiders to penetrate the Dutch construction market'. CONSTRUCTION NEWS