1st Edition

Free Trade and Competition in the EEC Law, Policy and Practice

By Helen Papaconstantinou Copyright 1988

    This book examines the extent of free trade within the EEC and attempts to establish the conditions under which a State may operate in the Market through the medium of the undertakings which it controls. It discusses the ways in which Member States may tamper with free market forces without infringing the principle of free competition, and whether state liability can be established for such actions. It also assesses the separate liability of both public and private enterprises which operate under such a heavily state-regulated environment that a certain anti-competitive behaviour is virtually imposed upon them.

    The book concludes that the system as it operates is not as successful as it might be and that the Council of Ministers and the Commission should set guidelines for co-ordinated action in order to avoid national policies leading to a rejection of the free-market principle.

    Chapter 1: Introduction 1. Forms of state intervention in the economy 2. Is nationalization consistent with the Treaty? Chapter 2: General responsibility of Member States under the Treaty Chapter 3: State intervention and competitions public undertakings and undertakings Chapter 4: State intervention in the private sector: application of the competition rules with special or exclusive rights, Chapter 5: State intervention: separate responsibility of undertakings Chapter 6: Conclusion


    Helen Papaconstantinou