The Future of Article 82: Dissecting the Conflict
European Competition Law Annual 2007: A Reformed Approach to Article 82 EC (Claus-Dieter Ehlermann and Mel Marquis eds.), 2008
19 Pages Posted: 18 Jul 2013
Date Written: August 2007
Underlying the recurring debates over the future of Article 82 EC (now Article 102) are competing images of what its goals are and should be. Such debates about the law relating to dominant enterprises are not new, and they are also not likely to end, because the legal concept of "abuse" is sufficiently abstract and capacious to allow multiple conceptions of its goals. Where goals become contested and controversial, however, debates can lead to confusion and uncertainty rather than progress in thinking about the issues, and this threatens to occur in the context of discussions of Article 82 and its future. Clashing images of the goals of that provision have yielded much uncertainty about the future of the law in this area. They have also distorted images of both the existing law and of newer alternatives to it. This impedes the capacity of European judges and administrators to apply the law consistently and effectively. This article identifies and assesses the lines and contours of these debates and the images of law, economics and European integration that swirl within them.
Keywords: Article 82, competition law, Europe
JEL Classification: K19, K21, K23
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