PRACTICES: LENIENCY - FRENCH COMPETITION AUTHORITY

Behind the scenes of the leniency application in France: The Competition Authority gives the floor to the actors

Following a decade of application of the French leniency programme, the Autorité de la concurrence has published the results of a survey on the perception of this instrument of cartel detection by the actors on 15 April 2014. This survey shows the incentives or disincentives for an undertaking to submit a leniency application.

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. 1. The French leniency programme is, since its creation in 2001, one of the oldest in the European Union. Although it took some time to get started (some 15 applications in the first five years), the total number of leniency applications filed with the Authority now exceeds 100. 2. It's a positive balance sheet. Indeed, within the European Union, only national authorities offering clemency also for individuals - a strong incentive for clemency - are ahead of the Authority in terms of the number of applications. 3. In the Authority's view, the purpose of the leniency tool is clear: to detect and punish the most serious cartels. 4. However, from the point

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Anne Krenzer, Behind the scenes of the leniency application in France: The Competition Authority gives the floor to the actors, September 2014, Concurrences N° 3-2014, Art. N° 67247, www.concurrences.com

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