Should Germany Introduce a Law on the Dissolution of Dominant Enterprises? (Zur Zweckmäßigkeit eines Entflechtungsgesetzes) (German)
10 Pages Posted: 25 Aug 2010
Date Written: August 25, 2010
This article analyzes a proposed amendment to German competition law. The proposed amendment entitles the German Federal Cartel Office (Bundeskartellamt) to order the dissolution of dominant enterprises in order to stimulate competition. The article argues that this proposal should be abandoned for several reasons: First, such a possibility creates a disincentive to internal growth and runs counter to the general objectives of competition law. Second, the scope of application is unclear. Third, there is need for European and international coordination without which the proposal will not be effective in practice.
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Keywords: Competition Law, German Federal Cartel Office, Dissolution, Market Dominance, § 32 II GWB, §§ 41a, 42a GWB-E, Merger Control, Internal Growth, Fostering Competition, Bundeskartellamt, Europäische Koordination, Internes Wachstum, Entfechtung, Marktbeherrschende Stellung, Wettbewerbsanreize
JEL Classification: G30, G38, K20, K22, K23
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