European Competition Law / Edition 2

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EC competition law is in a steady process of evolution. Many important changes in legislation and enforcement emphasis have occurred since the First Edition appeared in 1991. These changes include:

  • the amendment of the merger control regulation
  • the harmonization and simplification of the procedural rules
  • the liberalization of hitherto monopolized markets
  • the coordinated application of the competition rules by the Commission
  • national authorities and national courts
  • a reappraisal of how to deal with vertical restraints in the Commission's Green Paper, the Council's first response, and finally the Commission's White Paper on Modernization of the Rules Implementing Article 81 and 82 of the EC Treaty (as renumbered by the Amsterdam Treaty).

Even more fundamental changes in the structure of the Community and the dynamic forces of competition have caused a broader rethinking about competition rules which is ongoing as this Second Edition goes to press.

The enlargement of the Community, monetary union, the new tasks attributed by the Maastricht and the Amsterdam Treaties, the continuing integration of national markets, the globalization of the economy and increasing international cooperation among antitrust authorities are new challenges and opportunities which call for a modernization of competition rules and enforcement procedures.

To prepare a Second Edition of the Practitioner's Guide in such a period of change was a challenge, a risk and a necessity. The practitioner needs to be informed about how the EC competition rules are currently being applied in order to render meaningful, practical advice to firms whose agreements, transactions and conduct in the market place are governed by the competition rules. The Second Edition attempts to meet this need.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789041112675
  • Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
  • Publication date: 1/1/2000
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 963

Table of Contents

Ch. I Fundamentals of EC competition law 1
Ch. II Article 81 - general principles 93
Ch. III Permitted, prohibited and exemptible forms of horizontal cooperation between actual or potential competitors 165
Ch. IV Vertical restraints of competition in distribution and purchasing agreements 263
Ch. V Article 82 : abuse of dominant position 381
Ch. VI Mergers, joint ventures and shareholdings under the Merger Control Regulation and Articles 81 and 82 489
Ch. VII Industrial and intellectual property rights and EC law 717
Ch. VIII Application of Articles 81 and 82 in special sectors 869
Ch. IX Government-induced distortions of competition 949
Ch. X Enforcement and procedure 1025
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