CONFERENCES: EU - PROCEDURE - FINES - GENERAL COURT - REFORM

Opening (New Frontiers of Antitrust - Paris, 26 June 2017)

In 2015 the legislator decided that the number of judges at the General Court be doubled in three successive steps so as to allow it to face its increasing workload and to rule within a reasonable delay. This contribution briefly explains which measures the General Court adopted to implement the first phases of this reform and what they imply for the competition law community.

The General Court and competition law: Some Comments 1. The General Court has a close relationship with competition law. It was created in 1989 primarily for two reasons, which are both related to competition law. The first concerned the workload of the Court of Justice, which at that time was considered too high and therefore had a negative effect on the length of the Court of Justice’s proceedings. The General Court was set up to take over work from the Court of Justice, in particular, in time-consuming and fact-intensive matters, such as competition law cases and staff cases. The second reason also had a link with competition law. It was felt that in cases involving heavy fines, such as cartel cases, undertakings should be entitled to two levels of judicial protection, one at the

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Marc van der Woude, Opening (New Frontiers of Antitrust - Paris, 26 June 2017), November 2017, Concurrences Review N° 4-2017, Art. N° 85068, www.concurrences.com

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