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Cartel settlements: An overview of EU and national case law

I. Introduction If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, recent years have given the EU cartel settlement process much to modestly blush about. Settlement approaches modelled on the European Commission’s program have been adopted – or are about to be – by Member States throughout the EEA. The process has also been mirrored in the Commission’s new approach to settling non-cartel matters under the ARA line of cases. The use of settlement tools at European and national level suggests that enforcers and companies alike continue to see value in settlement as an attractive way to expedite cartel cases. Over half of the cartel cases resolved at European level over the last decade involved settlements. National enforcers have resorted to the settlement mechanism in numerous cases in

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Robbert Snelders, Conor Opdebeeck-Wilson, Cartel settlements: An overview of EU and national case law, 17 June 2021, e-Competitions Cartel settlements, Art. N° 99701

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