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50 years of EC competition law

On 5 June 2007, the Global Competition Law Centre organized in cooperation with the European Commission an event aiming to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the adoption of EC competition rules with the signature of the EC Treaty in Rome. This event, which symbolically took place in the Berlaymont, was blessed to have among its speakers a number of key witnesses of the application of EC competition rules since 1957, including competition Commissioner Kroes, former competition Commissioners Monti and Andriessen, Judge Azizi of the Court of First Instance, former Judges Bellamy and Koopmans, former Advocate General Van Gerven, former Director Generals Schaub and Ehlermann, andEmeritus Professor Michel Waelbroeck

ACHIEVEMENTS AND CHALLENGES Damien GERADIN I am delighted that the Revue Concurrences has taken the initiative to publish some of the speeches pronounced at the occasion of the 5 June 2007 organized by the Global Competition Law Centre in cooperation with the European Commission. As Commissioner Kroes points out in her speech, it is striking that fifty years ago, the Founding Fathers of the EC Treaty had the foresight to insert competition law provisions in the Treaty of Rome. While antitrust law had already had a long existence in the United States, the six original Member States had only limited experience with competition law. The insertion of competition law provisions in the Treaty was thus a truly innovative and forward-looking step. It is also remarkable that these

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Authors

  • Ashurst (Brussels)
  • Monckton Chambers (London)
  • University of East Anglia (Norwich)
  • Salesforce (San Francisco)
  • University of Vienna

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Denis Waelbroeck, Christopher Bellamy QC, Damien Geradin, Neelie Kroes, Josef Azizi, 50 years of EC competition law, December 2007, Concurrences N° 4-2007, Art. N° 14485, pp. 10-19

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