CASE COMMENTS: CARTELS - EUROPEAN UNION - COOPERATION - COMFORT LETTER - SOFTENING

Cooperation: The European Commission and the European Competition Network soften their control, under certain conditions, on cooperation between competitors or other companies willing to coordinate their efforts so as to avoid any shortage of medicines and essential medical equipment within the context of the Covid-19 outbreak

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. As in Europe, even cartel law progresses in times of crisis. The European Commission's responses are usually the strongest. Mergers between competing companies cannot be tolerated, nor can any justification based on the economic difficulties of the sectors of activity concerned. There is no shortage of examples of crisis cartels; neither are the Commission's sanctions. The crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic has, however, led the Commission to relax its position in this area. The urgency and seriousness of the situation demanded it. The health nature of the crisis made it necessary. In its Communication of 8 April 2020 - still in force at the time

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Etienne Thomas, Cooperation: The European Commission and the European Competition Network soften their control, under certain conditions, on cooperation between competitors or other companies willing to coordinate their efforts so as to avoid any shortage of medicines and essential medical equipment within the context of the Covid-19 outbreak, 8 April 2020, Concurrences N° 3-2020, Art. N° 96144, pp. 90-91

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