DOCTRINE : INFRACTION AUX REGLES COMMUNAUTAIRES DE CONCURRENCE - ACTIONS EN DOMMAGES INTERETS - COMMISSION EUROPEENNE - LIVRE BLANC - PROPOSITIONS - INDEMNISATION - VICTIMES - DISSUASION

The EU White Paper for damages actions: A first appraisal

La Commission européenne a publié début avril 2008 son Livre blanc sur les actions en dommages et intérêts pour infraction aux règles communautaires sur les ententes et les abus de position dominante. Le Livre blanc présente un certain nombre de propositions spécifiques qui permettront de faciliter en Europe des actions en dommages et intérêts pour infraction aux règles du droit de la concurrence. Ces propositions vont sans aucun doute être à l’origine de bon nombre de discussions. Voici donc une première évaluation de celles-ci à la lumière de leurs objectifs avoués: l’indemnisation intégrale des victimes et dissuasion.

1. The European Commission has published early April 2008 its long-awaited White Paper on Damages actions for breach of the EC antitrust rules (“WP”) . This comes as a follow-up after the publication in December 2005 of a Green Paper but is also a prelude for Community legislation . The WP itself is a rather short document that in reality summarises the far more developed Staff Working Paper (“SWP”). There is also an impressive 600-page long Impact Assessment Study, which is itself usefully summarised in a Commission Impact Assessment Report . The WP offers a first reading of the measures envisaged by the Commission to enhance private actions for damages but should be read together with the SWP, which is in reality the most important policy instrument. In the present article when

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Assimakis Komninos, The EU White Paper for damages actions: A first appraisal, May 2008, Concurrences Review N° 2-2008, Art. N° 16484, pp. 84-92

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