Leniency and competition law : An overview of EU and national case law

This year -2014- the EU leniency programme is reaching the age of majority. The first European Commission Notice on the non-imposition or reduction of fines in cartel cases [1] was published 18 years ago. e-Competitions chose the perfect time to review and comment on the recent developments in the EU Leniency Programme and its younger national siblings. During these 18 years, leniency has become the prime tool in uncovering cartels. More than 75% of cartel decisions adopted by the European Commission were based on an immunity application. This success has resulted in the adoption of parallel programmes at a national level [2]. At its core, the leniency policy offers companies involved in a cartel - who self-report and hand over evidence - total immunity or a reduction of fines. It

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Johan Ysewyn, Aleksander Tombinski, Leniency and competition law : An overview of EU and national case law, 9 April 2015, e-Competitions Bulletin Leniency, Art. N° 65747

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