See version in english A practical approach in dealing with rebates by dominant suppliers

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Practical approaches in dealing with rebates by dominant suppliers

Conférence organisée par la Revue Concurrences en partenariat avec Microeconomix et Baker & McKenzie.

Walking the rebates tightrope

Advising on rebates counselling involves walking a tightrope between the Article 102 Priorities Guidance [1] and Tomra [2], Post Danmark II [3] and Intel [4] case law. On the one hand an economic approach, clear in intellectual conception, but complex in real-world application. On the other, a judge-made distillation of form-based categories. The latter pleases neither lawyers - as many rebate schemes fall between the gaps of the categories’ ill-defined edges - nor economists - as form-based rules may penalise economically benign practices.

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Notes

[1Guidance on the Commission’s enforcement priorities in applying TFEU art.102 to abusive exclusionary conduct by dominant undertakings [2009] OJ C 45/7 (“Priorities Guidance”).

[2Judgment in Tomra Systems and Others v Commission, C‑549/10 P, EU:C:2012:221 (’Tomra’).

[3Judgment in Post Danmark A/S v Konkurrencerådet, C-23/14, EU:C:2015:651 (’Post Danmark II’).

[4Judgment in Intel v Commission, T-286/09, EU:T:2014:547 (’Intel’).

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