It is with great pride and pleasure that I undertook to contribute the Foreword to this special edition by e-Competitions on the topic "Cartels in the utilities sector" . Over the years, the journal has developed its reputation as a major resource tool not only for the EU competition scholar but also for its separate stream of comparative law fans. This edition, I believe, continues that tradition. The timing of this edition is especially opportune, given the announcement on 6 December 2011  by the Netherlands’ NMa that it had conducted dawn raids on the premises of the various Dutch mobile operators in order to determine whether they have engaged in anti competitive agreements on prices and market sharing. These dawn raids are, in turn, the natural by product of the ruling of
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