Private enforcement: An overview of EU and national case law

I. Introduction A central aspect of the reform of EU competition law that has been undertaken since the turn of the new millennium has been to encourage private enforcement of EU competition rules. This initiative, as is well-known, is essentially inspired by the Commission's perception that in the EU, as opposed to the U.S., antitrust enforcement has been too much in the hands of public authorities and that competition law was too rarely used by private plaintiffs before national courts. Clearly, things have changed significantly in recent years as the present Special issue demonstrates abundantly. When looking at private enforcement of competition law, a distinction must be drawn between three types of actions. Victims of anti-competitive practices can bring proceedings before

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Denis Waelbroeck, Antoine Accarain, Private enforcement: An overview of EU and national case law, 4 May 2016, e-Competitions Bulletin Private enforcement, Art. N° 79223

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