TRENDS : PAYMENT DEADLINES - LME ACT - IMPLEMENTATION - CONFORMITY - EC DIRECTIVE - 29 JUNE 2000 - EXEMPTIONS - PENALTIES - INTERNATIONAL CONTRACTS - CONTRACTUAL PROVISIONS - PUBLIC AUTHORITIES

Payment deadlines - A year ahead the LME Act

This set of 3 articles concentrate on the issue of terms of payment as provided by the LME Act. The first contribution deals with the conformity of the French regime with regard to the EC Directive of the 29 June 2000. This study tries to shed light on this problem and in particular on the question of the numerous exemptions provided by a growing number of implementing decrees. The second contribution deals with the issue raised by the large number of derogatory statutory agreements which increase the difficulties of implementing the law. Discussions on the scope of agreements and possible penalties for exceeding the maximum term of payment may extend to 2012, the effective date of the law. The third contribution raise the question “Can the French legislation be applied to international contracts?” In co-contracting parties’ relations, it can be excluded by contractual clauses. Nonetheless, such conditions would not prevent public authorities’ actions against suppliers and foreign customers.

LE DROIT FRANÇAIS EST-IL ENCORE CONFORME A LA DIRECTIVE “DELAI DE PAIEMENT” ? Laurent ROBERVAL Doctorant au LARJ (Univ. du Littoral-Côte d'Opale) 1. À chaque réforme du droit des pratiques restrictives, l'argument communautaire est invoqué comme un rempart à l'interventionnisme étatique [1]. Toutefois cet argument n'a généralement qu'une portée limitée [2]. Pourquoi en serait-il autrement pour le droit des délais de paiement issu de la Loi de modernisation économique (LME) [3] ? 2. À vrai dire, le droit français est désormais confronté à l'action de la Commission européenne qui tend, de plus en plus, à vouloir encadrer le champ des relations entre professionnels [4]. Elle limite ainsi la marge d'action des États. Par exemple, l'interdiction belge des ventes liées a été jugée contraire à la directive

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Anne-Marie Luciani, Laurent Roberval, Jean-Louis Fourgoux, Payment deadlines - A year ahead the LME Act, February 2010, Concurrences N° 1-2010, Art. N° 30044, www.concurrences.com

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