EU Merger Control Five Years after the Introduction of the SIEC Test: What Explains the Drop in Enforcement Activity?

European Competition Law Review (ECLR), Vol. 30, No. 11, pp. 565-579, 2009

15 Pages Posted: 2 May 2011

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Frank P. Maier-Rigaud

ABC economics; IESEG School of Management (LEM-CNRS), Department of Economics and Quantitative Methods

Kay Parplies

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: 2009

Abstract

The most striking initial observation when looking at the Commission’s track record in 2004-2008 is that its horizontal merger enforcement seems to have ground to a near halt when measured by the number and proportion of prohibition decisions. However, as we argue below, prohibition decisions form only part of the Commission’s merger control activity, and the apparent drop in prohibition decisions during 2004-2008 does therefore not automatically imply ineffective enforcement.

Keywords: EC law, enforcement, merger control, notification, SIEC, Significant impediment to effective competition, underenforcement

JEL Classification: K21, L40

Suggested Citation

Maier-Rigaud, Frank P. and Parplies, Kay, EU Merger Control Five Years after the Introduction of the SIEC Test: What Explains the Drop in Enforcement Activity? (2009). European Competition Law Review (ECLR), Vol. 30, No. 11, pp. 565-579, 2009, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1827662

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Kay Parplies

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