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Competition Policy in Central Eastern Europe in the Light of EU Accession


  • Jens Hölscher
  • Johannes Stephan


This study reviews the progress made in EU accession candidates on competition policy. The analysis shows that institution-building and legislation are well under way and that anti-trust practice is not too lax. Due to the diversity among the accession countries under review, the study finds that the strictly rule-based frame work of the EU might not be the most favourable solution for some candidates: firstly, the small and open economies of most candidates make it particularly difficult to define the 'relevant market' in competition cases. Secondly, the traditionally intense vertical integration of production in accession states calls for a reassessment of 'vertical restraints'. The policy implications of this study suggest that the EU competition task force should take a proactive, case-by-case approach "vis-à-vis" its new members. Copyright Blackwell Publishing Ltd 2004.

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  • Jens Hölscher & Johannes Stephan, 2004. "Competition Policy in Central Eastern Europe in the Light of EU Accession," Journal of Common Market Studies, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 42(2), pages 321-345, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:jcmkts:v:42:y:2004:i:2:p:321-345

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    1. Koopmann, Georg, 2000. "Internationalisierung der Wettbewerbspolitik : Korrelat zur internationalen Handelspolitik?," HWWA Discussion Papers 108, Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWA).
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    1. Martin Feldkircher & Reiner Martin & Julia Wörz, 2010. "Measuring Competition in CESEE: Stylized Facts and Determinants across Countries and Sectors," Focus on European Economic Integration, Oesterreichische Nationalbank (Austrian Central Bank), issue 3, pages 38-62.
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    3. Klaus S. Friesenbichler, 2014. "EU Accession, Domestic Market Competition and Total Factor Productivity. Firm Level Evidence," WIFO Working Papers 492, WIFO.
    4. Nölke, Andreas, 2011. "Transnational economic order and national economic institutions: comparative capitalism meets international political economy," MPIfG Working Paper 11/3, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies.
    5. Hölscher, Jens & Nulsch, Nicole & Stephan, Johannes, 2010. "State Aid in the Enlarged European Union. An Overview," IWH Discussion Papers 24/2010, Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH).
    6. Robert Feinberg & Mieke Meurs & Kara Reynolds, 2012. "Maintaining New Markets: Explaining Antitrust Enforcement in Central and Eastern Europe," Journal of Industry, Competition and Trade, Springer, vol. 12(2), pages 203-219, June.
    7. Kronthaler, Franz, 2007. "Effectiveness of Competition Law: A Panel Data Analysis," IWH Discussion Papers 7/2007, Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH).
    8. Török, Ádám, 2005. "Gazdasági felzárkózás és versenypolitika. A dél-afrikai eset komparatív tanulságai
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