The EU Court of Justice AG Rantos delivers an opinion on the temporal application of the Antitrust Damages Directive, confirming that the nature of the rules implementing the directive is determined by EU law and not national law (RM / Volvo / DAF Trucks)

AG Rantos delivers a halfway opinion on the temporal application of the EU Antitrust Damages Directive (C-267/20, AB Volvo, DAF TRUCKS NV / RM)* In his opinion of 28 October 2021 (‘Opinion’), Advocate General (‘AG’) Rantos confirmed that the nature of the rules implementing the EU Damages Directive (‘Directive’) is determined by EU law and not by national law. The AG states that the provisions on limitations and presumption of cartel-related harm are substantive. In contrast, the possibility for national judges to estimate the amount of harm is a procedural provision. Moreover, AG Rantos considers that pre-Directive knowledge-based limitation periods applied to cartel damage claims could reasonably begin with the publication of a fining decision’s multilingual summary. The Opinion rightly

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  • CDC Cartel Damage Claims (Brussels)
  • European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)

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Vasil Savov, Juraj Siska, The EU Court of Justice AG Rantos delivers an opinion on the temporal application of the Antitrust Damages Directive, confirming that the nature of the rules implementing the directive is determined by EU law and not national law (RM / Volvo / DAF Trucks), 28 October 2021, e-Competitions October 2021, Art. N° 103807

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