A Narrative of Cartel Regulation in Europe, 1970 to the Present Time

Christopher Harding and Julian Joshua

in Regulating Cartels in Europe

Second edition

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780199551484
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191594977 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in European Law

A Narrative of Cartel Regulation in Europe, 1970 to the Present Time

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This chapter provides a factual basis and background for the discussion and analysis which follows in the second half of the book. It is a predominantly a narrative description of main legal events, and of the pace of European level enforcement of the rules against cartels, from the start of the 1970s through to the present time. To make this history manageable some main periods are identified: more vigorous enforcement and some seminal appellate litigation in the early 1970s; a period of comparative lull between the mid 1970s and mid 1980s; companies and cartels fighting back in more combative litigation in the later 1980s; and the Commission recovering some initiative in enforcement strategy, and the changing modalities of enforcement from the 1990s.

Keywords: narrative; modalities of enforcement; appellate litigation; European Commission

Chapter.  11660 words. 

Subjects: EU Law

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