European Court of Justice (Luxembourg)

José Luís da Cruz Vilaça

European Court of Justice (Luxembourg)

José Luís da Cruz Vilaça Advocate-General at the European Court of Justice since 2012 and Professor at the Catholic University and the New University of Lisbon. He had numerous positions both at the national and at the European level - Member of the Portuguese Government (1980-83): State Secretary for Home Affairs, State Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office and State Secretary for European Affairs; Deputy in the Portuguese Parliament, Vice-President of the Christian-Democrat Group; Advocate General at the Court of Justice (1986-88); President of the Court of First Instance of the European Communities (1989-95); lawyer at the Lisbon bar, specialising in European and competition law (1996-2012); member of the Working Party on the Future of the European Communities’ Court System - ‘Due Group’ (2000); Chairman of the Disciplinary Board of the European Commission (2003-07); President of the Portuguese Association of European Law (since 1999). He holds a PhD in International Economy from the University of Paris I - Panthéon Sorbonne.



1715 Bulletin

José Luís da Cruz Vilaça The Lisbon Court of Commerce quashes the Competition Authority’s first-ever abuse of dominant position infringement decision in the underground ducts’ telecom network access case, upheld on appeal (PT Comunicações)


I. The case, the PCA’s decision and the judgments After receiving complaints from telecom undertakings “TvTel Comunicações” and “Cabovisão”, the Portuguese Competition Authority (hereinafter “PCA”) launched an investigation in 2003 into the allegations that Portugal Telecom Comunicações (hereinafter (...)

José Luís da Cruz Vilaça The Lisbon Court of Appeals upholds Competition Authority’s decision that imposed a fine to an association for price fixing, but reduces the amount of the fine by considering the association turnover as relevant in place of the associates’ turnover (Veterinarian Medical Association)


On 5 July 2007, the Lisbon Court of Appeals upheld the Lisbon Court of Comerce ruling which confirmed the Competition Authority (“PCA”) decision imposing a fine of € 75,935.00 (seventy-five thousand nine hundred and thirty-five euros) on the Veterinarian Medical Association (“VMA”) for price (...)

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