ARTICLES 81 ET 82 CE - PROCEDURE D’ ENGAGEMENTS - CONTENU - EFFETS

Settlements of EU antitrust investigations: Commitment decisions under Article 9 of Regulation No 1/2003

L’article 9 du règlement 1/ 2003 prévoit la possibilité d’engagements pour mettre terme aux enquêtes engagées par la Commission européenne en cas d’infractions présumées aux articles 81 ou 82 du Traité CE. Cet article analyse l’origine et l’utilisation optimale de cette disposition, ainsi que la procédure d’adoption des décisions d’engagement, leurs contenus, leurs effets et les possibilités de contrôle judiciaire. L’auteur explore aussi les possibilités de règlement informel, ainsi que les engagements comprenant le paiement d’une amende.

I. Text, origin and optimal use 1. Text 1. Regulation No 1/2003 is the main implementing regulation governing the enforcement of Articles 81 and 82 EC. [1] It sets out in particular the powers of the European Commission for the purpose of applying Articles 81 and 82 EC. 2. Article 9, which is part of Chapter III, «Commission decisions», reads as follows: «Article 9 Commitments 1. Where the Commission intends to adopt a decision requiring that an infringement be brought to an end and the undertakings concerned offer commitments to meet the concerns expressed to them by the Commission in its preliminary assessment, the Commission may by decision make those commitments binding on the undertakings. Such a decision may be adopted for a specified period and shall conclude that there are

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  • King’s College (London)

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Wouter Wils, Settlements of EU antitrust investigations: Commitment decisions under Article 9 of Regulation No 1/2003, December 2006, Concurrences N° 4-2006, Art. N° 34933, www.concurrences.com

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