The EU Commission submits comments to Ireland’s High Court in the Irish beef case for anti-competitive practices

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“Crisis cartels” - Can an economic downturn ever excuse anti-competitive practices? Insights from a European Commission statement to Ireland’s High Court, April 2012* The global economic downturn has given new life to the difficult question of whether competition authorities will ever tolerate anti-competitive agreements, practices or mergers on the grounds that they are necessitated by adverse economic conditions. Competition authorities will normally answer with a blunt “no” - but comments made in April by the European Commission in an ongoing Irish High Court case [1], on restructuring the Irish beef processing sector, have indicated that there are circumstances where a more permissive approach will be taken. Competition authorities’ reaction to the post-Lehmans downtown In the

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  • United Kingdom’s Competition Authority - CMA (London)

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Martin Coleman, The EU Commission submits comments to Ireland’s High Court in the Irish beef case for anti-competitive practices, 24 April 2012, e-Competitions Cooperation between National Competition Authorities, Art. N° 53530

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