The Minimis Rule with Regards to Antitrust Agreements (La Regla De Minimis En El Ámbito De Los Acuerdos Restrictivos De La Libre Competencia)
Ingrid S. Ortiz Baquero
Universidad Externado de Colombia
Revist@ e-mercatoria, Vol. 8, No. 2, 2009
The minimis rule is one of the many theories which allows reaching the reduction of the constraint of restrictive competition agreements (article 81.1 of ECT) thus making the application of antitrust dispositions and the principle of free enterprise, freedom to enter into contracts and private autonomy easier. According to this doctrine, behavior that truly affects competition in a significant manner should be forbidden and penalized. This article approaches the origin, development and current regulation of the restrictive agreements which have minor importance in Europe and the Spanish legal regime, allowing the establishment of a frame for debate on the application of the minimus rule in the Colombian legal regime and its, consequent, usefulness.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 39
Keywords: Agrement of less importance, Minimis Rule, Automec, antitrust
JEL Classification: K21Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: February 10, 2010
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