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Germany: Changes made by the Ninth Amendment to the German Act Against Restraints of Competition

This article analyses the legal modifications by the ninth amendment to the German Competition Act. Partly, the changes were necessary to transpose European rules on administrative and civil liability. Moreover, the German legislator attunes the competition law to the challenges of the digital economy and strengthens the rules on demand-side abuses of a dominant market position.

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. 1. The Ninth Additional Act to amend the Anti-Competition [1] Restraint of Competition Act will soon come into force. The Additional Act adapts German law to the digital economy and to the European rules on administrative and civil liability for competition law infringements. In addition, the Act strengthens the rules on abuse of a dominant position on the demand side. This article summarizes the most important changes brought about by the Act and offers a first assessment. I. Adapting to the digital economy 2. The measures to adapt German law to the digital economy concern two areas of competition law: abuse of dominant position and merger control. The

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  • German Monopolies Commission (Monopolkommission) (Cologne)
  • German Monopolies Commission (Monopolkommission)

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Thomas Weck, Per Rummel, Germany: Changes made by the Ninth Amendment to the German Act Against Restraints of Competition, May 2017, Concurrences N° 2-2017, Art. N° 83745, pp. 208-214

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