August / September 1999

France: Conseil’s 1998 annual report reveals record number of cases

01 August 1999

The recently-published annual report of the Conseil de la Concurrence shows that competition law is increasingly used by companies, not only as a means of defence against their competitors’ behaviour, but also proactively, for instance in challenging, in sectors being liberalised, former monopolists. The Conseil now takes its place as a major player on the French legal scene, with significantly increased legitimacy and powers. This is of particular importance given the European Commission’s proposal to reform Council Regulation 17, under which Article 81(3) EC Treaty will be directly applicable by the French competition authority.