The UK Competition Authority launches criminal investigation in the vehicle manufacturers’ sector, ballyhooing the Enterprise Act

I. Legal background The UK criminalized competition law in 2002 by adopting the Enterprise Act, which came into force in June 2003. It set up a whole new framework to prosecute, on a criminal basis, the individuals responsible for the establishment and implementation of (of participating in) a hard-core cartel: the cartel offence [1]. The key element of the offence is the dishonesty of the individual: as such, there is no link between the cartel offence and the Competition Act 98 or the European provisions. To ensure the performance of high-quality investigations that meet the high standards of proof of criminal cases, the OFT was granted new investigatory

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Marie-Charlotte Rouzier, The UK Competition Authority launches criminal investigation in the vehicle manufacturers’ sector, ballyhooing the Enterprise Act, 1 September 2010, e-Competitions September 2010, Art. N° 34781

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