This article is the second and final part of the overview of major events and policy issues in EC competition law in 2003, following on from last month’s journal ( [2004] I.C.C.L.R. 19). This part of the article is divided into three sections: (1) European Commission decisions on cartels, joint ventures/horizontal co-operation, distribution and Articles 82/86 EC. (2) An outline of current policy issues, including competition and the liberal professions, review of the liner conference block exemption, and the modernisation of Article 82 EC enforcement. (3) A survey of areas of specific interest, focusing mainly on recent Commission activity as regards competition and gas supply, with brief notes on the Commission’s leased lines sectoral enquiry and what the Commission has been doing in sport and media.


Antitrust and Trade Regulation

Date of this Version

March 2004