Public Interest and a Place for Non-Competition Considerations in Polish Competition Law
Concurrences No. 1-2018
18 Pages Posted: 23 Oct 2017 Last revised: 24 Jan 2018
Date Written: October 20, 2017
The article attempts to answer the question: to what extent can non-competition considerations play a role in the application of Polish competition law? Background analysis of EU competition law is also provided. Attention is focused on the meaning of ‘public interest’ invoked in Article 1 of the Polish Competition Act. It is analysed whether public interest is associated only with economic goals of competition law (consumer welfare) or it is related to other goals that can be pursued in the public interest, such as protection of public health or protection of environment. Two specific cases are discussed in this context.
Keywords: competition law, antitrust, public interest, goals of competition law, Poland, European Union
JEL Classification: K21
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