The protection of free competition based on equality is the most important social principle in a social market economy. Post-Lisbon, EU competition law is supposed to implement the social market economy concept as defined in Article 3 TEU. The European School of thought is the economic frame that applies this concept to real world cases. One aspect in this school of thought relates to the interpretation of the competition related Treaty articles. Another one deals about the fair and equal distribution of wealth gains between the market actors. By guaranteeing equal conditions, the European framework assures free and fair play.
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