The Fight against Hard Core Cartels in Europe

Trends, Challenges and Best international Practices

1re édition 2016

José Maria Beneyto, Jerónimo Maillo

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An effective prosecution of cartels is a top priority for European Competition Authorities and a very relevant outcome for the good functioning of our economy. Despite relevant advances in the last decades, there is still need to improve the effectiveness of cartel prosecution in Europe. This book assesses the current system, identifies recent trends, best practices and future challenges. Looking not only at enforcement by the European Commission and the European Court of Justice, but also at enforcement in some relevant Member State jurisdictions, this collective book reviews key issues for public and private enforcement in cartel cases, such as, among others, the importance of institutional design of the Competition authority for cartel prosecution, the design and implementation of leniency programs, the type, level and calculation of fines, or the use of evidence and settlements. It also deals with key aspects of judicial review of administrative decisions. Furthermore it examines the experiences of criminalization of cartels in Europe and new developments regarding claims for damages by cartels victims. With the participation of experts of the European Commission and National Competition Authorities, the European Court of Justice and national courts, scholars and lawyers, it follows an international conference coorganised by the Centre for Competition Policy of CEU San Pablo University and the Spanish Competition Authority in Madrid, co-funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness and the European Commission through the Jean Monnet action.

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Chapter 1. Competition Authorities: Prosecutorial/Non Prosecutorial Systems and the Fight Against Cartels
Chapter 2. Integrating Regulatory and Antitrust Powers: Implications for the Fight Against Cartels
Chapter 3. Ne Bis in Idem in Antitrust Enforcement
Chapter 4. Leniency Programs, Inquiries and the Problematic Use of Confidential Information
Chapter 5. Leniency (Amnesty) Plus: a Building Block or a Trojan Horse?
Chapter 6. Rewards and Whistleblower’s Protection in Europe: a Comparison with Third Countries
Chapter 7. Fighting Hard-Core Cartels – The German Perspective
Chapter 8. Director Disqualification as a Sanction for Cartels
Chapter 9. European Antitrust Criminalization
Chapter 10. Calculating Fines for Competition Law Infringements
Chapter 11. An Economic Assessment of the Judicial Review of the CNM C’s Fines
Chapter 12. Cartels and Evidence – What Is Required to Prove the Regulator’s Case
Chapter 13. Five Years of Cartel Settlements: an Assessment of the Benefits for the Settling Parties
Chapter 14. First Judgment of the General Court of the EU in a Hybrid-Settlement Case by the European Commission
Chapter 15. Convection Currents in EU Anti-Cartel Enforcement Architecture
Chapter 16. EU Courts’ Review of Cartel Cases: Is the Remedy Effective Enough?
Chapter 17. Damages: Thorny Issues for National Courts Despite the EU Anti-Trust Damages Directive
Chapter 18. Damages Claims and Collective Redress: the European Approach vs US Class Actions

Liste des contributeurs

Onder de redactie van

  • José Maria Beneyto
  • Jerónimo Maillo

Voorwoord door

  • Eric Van Ginderachter

Autres collaborateurs

This book contains contributions from : Eric Van Ginderachter, Marianela Lopez-Galdos, Gargi Yadav, Juan Delgado, Elisa Mariscal, María Pilar Canedo, Javier Guillén Caramés, Marek Martyniszyn, Jerónimo Maillo, Daniel Zimmer, Aaron Khan, Amparo Lozano Maneiro, María Gutiérrez Rodríguez, Alberto Escudero, Javier García-Verdugo, Konstantin Joergens, Jean-François Bellis, María Luisa Tierno Centella, Georges Vallindas, Eléonore von Bardeleben, Evelyne Ameye and Pablo Gutiérrez de Cabiedes.







Nombre de pages


Date de parution

Mars 2016

Nom de la collection

Competition Law/Droit de la concurrence




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