The Greek Supreme Administrative Court examines the issue of limitation periods for competition law violations and the notion of ’reasonable time’ (Intrasoft International)

In its much expected decision 582/2019, the Greek Supreme Administrative Court (Conseil d’ Etat), examined once more the issue of limitation periods for competition law violations and the notion of ‘reasonable time’ within which the Hellenic Competition Commission (‘HCC’) can bring cases against undertakings and delivered an ambiguous ruling which deviates from its previous decision on the matter. Violations falling under the previous law 703/1977 on protection of competition could not, according to some, be time barred because the law did not include an explicit provision on limitation periods. The relevant provision was introduced for the first time with article 42 of law 3959/2011. However article 50 para. 6 of law 3959/2011 provides that

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Anastasia Dritsa, Fenia Mylonaki, Violeta Panagiotopoulou, The Greek Supreme Administrative Court examines the issue of limitation periods for competition law violations and the notion of ’reasonable time’ (Intrasoft International), 27 March 2019, e-Competitions June 2019, Art. N° 99437

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