The opinions of the French Competition Authority

This study focuses on the French Competition Authority’s advocacy mission and reflects the personal opinion of its author. It examines the new legal framework of this activity in place since 2008. It highlights the benefits and the limits of advices taking the different point of views from the various undertakings (government, corporations...). Recently, the Authority scrutinized major business and competitive issues which had a dimension of public interest. We can foresee in the future the development of ex officio opinions.

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. 1. After approximately 18 months of operation, the Competition Authority's activity in the area of opinions is worthy of note [1]. In its opinions, the Authority likes to point out in advance that 'the following developments should in no way prejudge any assessment that may be made in the context of litigation proceedings'. Similarly, the author of these lines cannot commit the institution to which he has the honour of belonging as a member of a collegiate body. All of the assessments that follow are therefore provided as strictly personal opinions and simply reflect the experience of a practitioner in the field. 2. In their article taking stock of the

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Patrick Spilliaert, The opinions of the French Competition Authority, September 2010, Concurrences N° 3-2010, Art. N° 31701, pp. 58-64

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