LAW AND ECONOMY : EUROPEAN COMMISSION - DE MINIMIS COMMUNICATION - CONDITIONS - MARKET SHARES - THRESHOLDS

De minimis agreements: Should they be sanctioned?

The De minimis communication of the European Commission defines under which conditions agreements between firms will not be considered to restrict competition in a sensitive way. The three contributions in this article discuss its effectiveness in promoting legal security for firms, especially considering the exceptions to the De minimis communication, the definition of thresholds in market shares and its implications for national competition authorities.

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. De minimis agreements: Should they be sanctioned?The de minimis notice: A view from the Competition Authority Étienne PFISTER Economist, Deputy Rapporteur General at the French Competition Authority, member of the BETA-REGLES laboratory, University of Nancy I. Presentation of the de minimis communication 1. The European Commission Notice on agreements of minor importance which do not appreciably restrict competition under Article 81(1) (now 101(1)) of the Treaty establishing the European Community (de minimis, 2001/C 368/07), published in 2001, quantifies, by means of market share thresholds and the identification of 'hard' or 'blatant' restrictions, which

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  • Vogel & Vogel (Paris)
  • French Competition Authority (Paris)
  • Deloitte (Paris)

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Joseph Vogel, Etienne Pfister, Gildas de Muizon, De minimis agreements: Should they be sanctioned?, February 2013, Concurrences N° 1-2013, Art. N° 50247, www.concurrences.com

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