Freedom of Choice - The Emergence of a Powerful Concept in European Competition Law

30 Pages Posted: 5 Jun 2012 Last revised: 22 Aug 2012

Paul Nihoul

Université Catholique de Louvain

Date Written: June 5, 2012

Abstract

Is Europe engaging on a path leading to the transformation of its competition policy? In the last years, the European Commission has adopted landmark decisions placing to the foreground a concept that had so far gained limited attention – the concept of choice, that is, the possibility, and the right, for customers, to choose freely the products/services best corresponding to their needs, and the economic partners they want to deal with.

Keywords: Antitrust, Competition, Choice, Consumers

JEL Classification: K21, K23

Suggested Citation

Nihoul, Paul, Freedom of Choice - The Emergence of a Powerful Concept in European Competition Law (June 5, 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2077694 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2077694

Paul Nihoul (Contact Author)

Université Catholique de Louvain ( email )

Place Montesquieu, 3
Louvain-la-Neuve, 1348
Belgium

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