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Commitments or prohibition? The EU antitrust dilemma

Mario Mariniello ()

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Abstract: The issue- Excluding cartels, most investigations into suspected infringements of European Union competition law are resolved with ‘commitment decisions’. The European Commission drops the case in exchange for a commitment from the company under investigation to implement measures to stop the presumed anti-competitive behaviour. Commitment decisions are considered speedier than formal sanctions (prohibition decisions) in restoring normal competitive market conditions. They have a cost, however- commitments are voluntary and are...

Date: 2014-01
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