Reference : Rebates and Article 102 TFEU: The European Commission's Duty to Apply the Guidance Paper
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http://hdl.handle.net/2268/192441
Rebates and Article 102 TFEU: The European Commission's Duty to Apply the Guidance Paper
English
Petit, Nicolas mailto [Université de Liège > Département de droit > Droit européen de la concurrence >]
Nov-2015
Yes
[en] antitrust ; competition ; abuse of dominance ; rebates ; soft law ; binding effects ; as efficient test ; pricing abuses
[en] This paper shows that the European Union (EU) courts' case-law and general principles of EU law place the European Commission (“Commission”) under a duty to apply the Guidance Communication on Enforcement Priorities (“Guidance Paper”) in abuse of dominance cases started after its adoption. This duty includes the obligation to test Article 102 TFEU cases under the As Efficient Competitor (“AEC”) framework, as set out in the 2009 Guidance Paper. The judgments handed down by the Union courts in Intel v Commission and Post Danmark II do not alter in any way the Commission’s “self binding” duty to apply the Guidance Paper. If the Commission wishes to depart from the AEC framework, it must officially withdraw its Guidance Paper.
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http://hdl.handle.net/2268/192441
http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2695732

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