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The fight against infringements of European competition law, whether illegal cartels or abuses of dominant positions, has become one of the most important and high-profile aspects of the European Commission’s work. Its impact on the European economic structure is no longer in question. When prosecuted for such infringements, companies incur very heavy financial penalties.
In the course of the cases referred to them, the European Court of First Instance and the Court of Justice have established a certain number of principles governing the investigation and sanctioning procedure, and intended to preserve the procedural and material rights of the companies involved. This book aims at verifying the adequacy of the protection thus granted by the courts of the Union with the fundamental rights of companies under the provisions of the European Convention on Human Rights, its additional protocols and - more recently - the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.
Special attention will naturally be paid to the case law of the European Court of Human Rights in this area.