Eu Competition Law Tools For Assessing Business Agreements

If companies, instead of competing with each other, have agreed to reduce competition, this would distort the conditions of competition and in turn harm consumers and other businesses. Therefore, all agreements between undertakings which may distort or distort competition and which may affect trade between Member States are prohibited (paragraph 1) and are automatically prohibited (paragraph 2). These include, for example, explicit agreements (such as cartels) and concerted practices aimed at setting prices, limiting production performance or distributing the market between undertakings (also known as territorial protection clauses). These types of agreements are still considered anti-competitive and are therefore prohibited without exception. The Commission has opened proceedings against companies in the consumer electronics market* The Commission for the Protection of Competition has opened ex officio an investigation into infringements of competition and has carried out enforcement operations on the premises of roaming companies (…) As regards the adoption of competition legislation, Parliament is generally only involved in the consultation procedure. Their influence is therefore limited in relation to the influence of the Commission and the Council. Parliament has repeatedly called for the ordinary legislative procedure to be extended to competition law, for example in its annual resolutions on the Commission`s annual report on competition policy. The evaluation showed that the BERBs and the Guidelines on Vertical Restraints remain relevant, as they are useful instruments that significantly facilitate the self-assessment of vertical agreements and contribute to reducing compliance costs for companies entering into such agreements. Vertical agreements are agreements between companies operating at different levels of the production or distribution chain, for example. B an agreement between a producer and a distributor. Under existing EU law, companies must themselves assess the compliance of their vertical agreements with EU competition law, which prohibits agreements restricting competition in accordance with Article 101(1) TF.

The VDC exempts certain types of agreements from the prohibition in Article 101(1) if certain conditions are met, thus giving companies the certainty that their agreement complies with EU competition law. Both UK and EU competition law prohibit powerful companies from unfairly profiting from their strong market positions, known as “abuse” of a dominant position. However, a dominant position is not contrary to competition law as a remedy. Only the abuse of this position is prohibited. This glossary corresponds to the list of keywords used by the concurrences search engine. Each keyword is automatically updated by the latest EU and national jurisdictions of the e-Competitions Bulletin and Competitions Review. Definitions are taken from DG COMP`s glossary on terms used in EU competition policy (© the European Union, 2002) and the OECD Glossary on Economics and Competition Law of the Industry Organisation (© OECD, 1993). .