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Competition Compliance: Limits to Competition Policy Harmonisation in EU Enlargement

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  • Jochen Lorentzen

    (Copenhagen Business School)

  • H. Peter Møllgaard

    (Copenhagen Business School)

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The paper analyses the extent of and the reasons behind limits to competition policy harmonisation in EU enlargement. Our focus is on vertical restraints. First, we compare the relevant legal regimes towards vertical agreements in the EU and in Eastern Europe. We then describe competition policy practice in all ten EU candidate countries and point out differences both between East and West and among the candidates. Finally, we examine a large database of inter-firm agreements in Eastern Europe's car industry and use insights from case studies of subcontracting to highlight instances of non-conformity between (1) East European competition law and practice and (2) EU rules and East European competition law enforcement. The conclusion recommends how to improve competition policy practice, and thus compliance, post-enlargement.

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Paper provided by University of Copenhagen. Department of Economics. Centre for Industrial Economics in its series CIE Discussion Papers with number 2002-11.

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Length: 11 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2002
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Handle: RePEc:kud:kuieci:2002-11

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Keywords: antitrust law; EU enlargement; empirical studies;

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  1. Djankov, Simeon & Hoekman, Bernard, 1997. "Competition Law in Post-Central Planning Bulgaria," CEPR Discussion Papers 1723, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
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