June / July 1999

EU: White Paper heralds major reform of competition enforcement rules

01 June 1999

Articles 85 (1) and 86 (new 81 (1) and 82) are already applied in parallel by the Commission, some national authorities and national courts. The additional concurrent jurisdiction in relation to Article 85 (3) (new 81 (3)) is considered by the Commission beneficial to competition as national authorities are better placed to assess restrictions of competition in their markets and procedures before national courts are faster and can result in damages for victims of anticompetitive practices.