Is the role of competition authorities limited to sanctions?

Competition law workshop organised by Concurrences with Isabelle de Silva (Autorité de la concurrence) and Daniel Fasquelle (Assemblée nationale), in partnership with Fréget & Associés and Analysis Group.

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Isabelle de Silva

Historically, the Competition Authority has evolved in the sense of deepening its powers and adding new competences. Today’s integrated model (i.e. competence to give opinions, to sanction and to control concentrations) is the result of decisions by the legislator, who has constantly pushed for change: the Authority has been given merger control and the power to refer cases to itself for an opinion.

Moreover, as a result of the vision of its successive chairmen and its decision-making practice, the Authority has developed an extensive use of its prerogatives. This is the case with the use of provisional measures, the Authority having distinguished itself from other authorities, including the European Commission, which make limited use of them.

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  • Conseil d’Etat (Paris)
  • University Littoral-Cote d’Opale (Boulogne)
  • Fréget & Associés (Paris)
  • Analysis Group (Paris)