This book provides a clear overview of the main issues in EC competition law and policy and an up to date text for students and practitioners with an interest in this subject. It is divided into three main parts, looking at the foundations of EC competition law, anti-competition agreements, abuse of dominant position, and the enforcement of EC competition law.
The book focuses on the two main Treaty Articles which are concerned with competition law. It aims to provide a structured analysis of the main stages in the application of the EC Treaty rules on competition, assesses the contribution made by the Commission and Community judicature to the evolution of EC competition law, and provides an in-depth analysis of recent developments, in particular the moves towards decentralisation in the field of vertical restraints and in enforcement.
Tables of cases and statutes 1. The Foundations of EC Competition Law. Introduction. The EC Treaty provisions in Competition. The scope of application of Articles 81 and 82 EC. The two levels of enforcement of EC Competition Law. The aims of EC competition policy. Community competition and national law. The common elements in Articles 81 and 82EC 2. Anti-competitive agreements, decisions and concerted practices. Article 81EC. Introduction. Article 81(1) EC .Â Article 81(2) EC. Article 81(3) EC. The 'rule of reason' in EC competition law 3. Abuses of dominant position by one or more undertakings. Article 82EC. Introduction. The prohibition on abuses of dominant position by one or more undertakings 4. The enforcement of EC Competition Law. Introduction. The present system. Enforcement at Community level: Regulation 17/62. Enforcement at national level - national courts and national authorities: the present system. The new system of enforcement of competition law: the White paper and the Draft Regulation. Concluding remarks