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Lafarge Zement, the German cement subsidiary of the Group, confirms having received a visit of representatives from the BundesKartellamt last March 9th, like other companies which appealed the BundesKartellamt's decision announced early 2003.
Lafarge Group indicates that thorough actions were taken, among which the training of employees and the distribution of a Code of Business Conduct, to ensure that each employee, particularly within the European Union, acts in the greatest respect of competition rules.
Lafarge Group is fully confident in the outcome of this recent visit as well as of the ongoing appeal.
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