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The wait is over: German Parliament adopts new competition law rules

Après plusieurs mois de controverse politique, le législateur allemand a adopté un nouvel amendement de la loi contre les restrictions à la concurrence (GWB). Entré en vigueur depuis le 30 juin 2013, cet amendement a pour objectif d’harmoniser le droit allemand de la concurrence avec le droit européen. L’innovation la plus remarquable est le recours au “SIEC-Test” pour le contrôle des concentrations des entreprises tel qu’appliqué en droit européen. D’autres changements concernent notamment le domaine de la conduite unilatérale, l’application générale des règles de la concurrence ainsi que le contrôle des secteurs spécifiques. L’article résume et examine brièvement les changements les plus importants apportés par le nouvel amendement.

1. In the legislative pipeline since 2011, the German competition law reform, known as the 8th Amendment to the Act against Restraints of Competition (ARC) [1] has finally come into effect on 30 June 2013. After a long and sometimes heated debate a mediation committee between the two chambers of the German Parliament—Bundestag and Bundesrat—has reached a compromise and brought months of political controversy to an end. 2. Already in October 2012 the Bundestag accepted the original reform proposal, initiated by a liberal-conservative government led by the Christian Democratic Union, with only few modifications [2]. However, despite mostly positive reception the Bundesrat, representing Germany’s states on federal level, objected to the proposal and invoked a joint committee to mediate

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  • The Julius Maximilians University of Würzburg

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Ulrich Pfeffer, The wait is over: German Parliament adopts new competition law rules, December 2013, Concurrences N° 4-2013, Art. N° 58745, p. 210

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