Coherence in EU Competition Law

Hardcover | June 4, 2016

byWolf Sauter

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EU competition law plays a central role in the process of European integration both as a multifaceted tool for creating and policing the internal market as well as in organising national markets. Yet as a consequence of this role it is also subject to increasingly complex demands, aproliferation of (sectoral) regimes, and multiple objectives at both an EU and national level. This profligacy entails risks of fragmentation and divergence - which could jeopardise the proper functioning of the internal market. In this examination of EU competition law, Wolf Sauter discusses threemain issues: (i) what degree of coherence exists in EU competition law; (ii) how this coherence can be explained, particularly in the broader context of integration by EU law; and (iii) how it contributes to the legitimacy and effectiveness of EU competition law. Specific focus is placed on antitrust, while mergers, state aid control, as well as the sectoral regimes for energy and electronic communications are also examined. In addition the book also charts the history and framework of these competition regimes that jointly constitute EU competition law,defining both its objectives and limitations.

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EU competition law plays a central role in the process of European integration both as a multifaceted tool for creating and policing the internal market as well as in organising national markets. Yet as a consequence of this role it is also subject to increasingly complex demands, aproliferation of (sectoral) regimes, and multiple obje...

Wolf Sauter is Professor of Law at Tilburg University. He has worked as a lawyer in Brussels both in private practice and with DG Competition. In The Netherlands he has also worked with the telecommunications regulator (OPTA), the Finance Ministry, and more recently the healthcare regulator (NZa) as well as the competition authority (A...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.1 inPublished:June 4, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction, Concepts, and Questions2. History and Framework of EU Competition Law3. Objectives and Boundaries4. Rules, Exceptions, and Standards5. Procedures and Remedies6. Networks, Hierarchy, and Coordination in Antitrust7. National Courts, the Commission, and the CJEU8. Mergers, State Aid, and Services of General Economic Interest9. The Sectoral Regimes for Electronic Communications and Energy10. Conclusion