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The EU White Paper for damages actions : A first appraisal

The European Commission has published early April 2008 its White Paper on damages actions for antitrust violations. The White Paper makes a number of important specific proposals with the aim to facilitate civil antitrust claims for damages in Europe that will certainly create a lot of discussions. What follows is a first appraisal of these proposals in light of their stated objectives : compensation of victims and increased deterrence.

1. The European Commission has published early April 2008 its long-awaited White Paper on Damages actions for breach of the EC antitrust rules (“WP”) . This comes as a follow-up after the publication in December 2005 of a Green Paper but is also a prelude for Community legislation . The WP itself is a rather short document that in reality summarises the far more developed Staff Working Paper (“SWP”). There is also an impressive 600-page long Impact Assessment Study, which is itself usefully summarised in a Commission Impact Assessment Report . The WP offers a first reading of the measures envisaged by the Commission to enhance private actions for damages but should be read together with the SWP, which is in reality the most important policy instrument. In the present article when

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Assimakis Komninos, The EU White Paper for damages actions : A first appraisal, mai 2008, Concurrences N° 2-2008, Art. N° 16485, pp. 84-92

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