The Spanish commercial Courts on the verge of being granted full competence to hear damages (March 2006 Draft Law)

Introduction The long-awaited proposal for a new competition act in Spain was published on 10 March 2006. The Act is essentially a response to the changes that came into effect in May 2004 at EC level, following the adoption of Regulation (EC) n° 1/2003, of 16 December 2002, on the implementation of the rules on competition laid down in Articles 81 and 82 of the Treaty (OJEU L 1, 4 January 2003, p. 1-25) and the “modernisation” of EC competition law. However, the proposal deals with all areas of competition law, including restrictive practices, merger control and state aid, and introduces a number of important changes in replacing the existing law, which dates from 1989 (Ley 16/1989, de Defensa de la Competencia (“LDC”)). The new law's stated aim is to strengthen competition enforcement

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Peter Turner-Kerr, The Spanish commercial Courts on the verge of being granted full competence to hear damages (March 2006 Draft Law), 10 March 2006, e-Competitions March 2006, Art. N° 529

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