EU Competition Law PDF Print
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As the complexities of the business world multiply and commerce becomes increasingly global, the need to understand issues of antitrust law — commonly referred to as "competition law" in the European Union — becomes more important. A web of international rules poses significant dangers for both intentional and inadvertent competition-law violations. As importantly, businesses and their employees become afraid to be inventive, aggressive and competitive in completely legitimate ways.

Accordingly, it is crucial that companies doing business with European countries train their employees on the what, why and how of EC competition law: (1) what are the basic principles of competition law, what problems occur in the real world during formal and informal communication with colleagues, customers, competitors, suppliers and business partners, what special issues arise with e-mail, voice-mail, trade associations and Web sites, what rights of yours are being trampled on by your competitors; (2) why compliance with competition law is important to your business goals and the free-enterprise system in general, why avoiding violations and civil and criminal penalties is so important; and (3) how to recognize potential problems, how to deal with them, and how to compete creatively and legitimately.

Course Summary

This Course briefly describes the principals of EC competition law, permissible and impermissible behavior, and the penalties for violations. It also discusses the need for "careful communication" — both within your company and externally — to avoid inadvertent competition-law problems.

The topics covered in the Course include —
  • Competition rules
  • Permissible behavior
  • Potential risk areas
  • Prohibited behavior
  • Article 81 prohibitions
  • Distribution practices
  • Article 82 prohibitions
  • Packaging rules
  • Enforcement in the real world
  • The need for "careful communication"