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Should antitrust policy protect new entrants ?

La question de savoir si la politique de concurrence doit protéger les nouveaux entrants est liée au schisme entre « la protection de la concurrence » et « la protection des concurrents » de l’article 102 du TFUE. N’étant pas toujours clair que l’était l’objectif de l’article 102 TFUE, les États-Unis ont prétendu que, par la concurrence, l’UE ne protégeait pas le bien-être des consommateurs, mais les concurrents. La Commission a donc mis au point le test du « concurrent aussi efficace » (« CAE ») - un test adapté pour assurer la protection du bien-être du consommateur par la protection de la concurrence. Aujourd’hui, la question est de savoir si la jurisprudence appliquant le test du CAE peut être conciliée avec le désir de la Commission de protéger des concurrents moins efficaces.

I am delighted with this invitation to contribute a foreword to the Concurrences Review on Entrepreneurship : Should antitrust policy protect new entrants ? Being asked to write about whether competition law should protect new entrants brings me back to the schism between “protection of competition” and “protection of competitors” in Article 102 TFEU. It is hard to think of a competition law problem that has been debated as much as this. Just think about the many long-lasting (and painful) discussions of that very issue during the modernisation review of Article 102 TFEU (then Article 82 EC). The review was initiated in June 2003 (at the 8th annual conference of the European University Institute in Fiesole) by Mario Monti, then the competition commissioner, and finished with the

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Liza Lovdahl Gormsen, Should antitrust policy protect new entrants?, November 2017, Concurrences Review N° 4-2017, Art. N° 84984,

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