The EU Commission presents its preliminary report into the pharmaceutical sector

The European Commission presented its Preliminary Report into the pharmaceutical sector (which runs to 426 pages) at a public hearing on 28 November. The deadline for comments on the Report is 31 January 2009. Click here for a copy of the Report, the Commission’s press release and the opening remarks by Commissioner Kroes at the hearing. General comments The Report says that it does not seek to identify wrongdoing by individual companies or even to reach any conclusion as to whether certain practices infringe EC competition rules. It is stated simply to provide a factual basis to decide whether further action is needed. Comments from senior officials at the public hearing revealed however their subjective views. Commissioner Kroes spoke of " damaging practices " and suggested we

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Sir Christopher Bellamy, Olivier D'Ormesson, Robert Gavin, Gerwin Van Gerven, The EU Commission presents its preliminary report into the pharmaceutical sector, 28 November 2008, e-Competitions Bulletin Competition in the Pharmaceutical sector, Art. N° 41522

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