The European Commission issues a green paper on damages actions for breach of the EC antitrust rules

"Green Paper on damages actions for breach of the EC antitrust rules"*A. Introduction The competition rules of Articles 81 and 82 EC can be enforced both by competition authorities (public enforcement) and by private parties who bring their case before a national court (private enforcement). Until recently, enforcement of the EC competition rules was largely limited to decisions taken by the Commission. That enforcement image led victims of competition law infringements to address themselves primarily to the Commission. This has some drawbacks. Complaints addressed to the Commission can not always be pursued, since the Commission can only handle a limited number of cases. It thus has to prioritise its case load. Moreover, the Commission only has the tools foreseen in Regulation

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Eddy de Smijter, Constanze Stropp, Donncadh Woods, The European Commission issues a green paper on damages actions for breach of the EC antitrust rules, 19 December 2005, e-Competitions December 2005, Art. N° 36753

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