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Actions for Damages > Key documents

Overview Proposal for a directive Key documents Collective redress Quantification of harm

Legislative initiative on Antitrust Damages Actions

On 17 April 2014, the European Parliament adopted a text of the Directive on antitrust damages actions which was agreed between the European Parliament and the Council during the ordinary legislative procedure. The agreed text of the Directive has been sent to the EU Council of Ministers for final approval.

  • Press release: Commission welcomes Parliament vote to facilitate damages claims by victims of antitrust violations
  • Frequently asked questions: What are the problems to be solved by this Directive? What is private enforcement? Will it change the role of the Commission and national competition authorities in finding antitrust infringements? What are the main measures put forward in the Directive? Will actions for damages discourage companies from cooperating with the Commission or national competition authorities? What is the relationship between compensation of victims and antitrust fines? Are lawsuits before national courts the only way to obtain compensation? When will the Directive enter into force?

The text adopted by the Parliament is based on the Commission proposal for a Directive on antitrust damages actions for breaches of EU competition law, which was adopted on 11 June 2013.

Speeches and articles

Preparatory work: White Paper

The proposal for a Directive follows up on a White Paper adopted on 2 April 2008. The White Paper suggested specific policy measures so that all victims of EU antitrust infringements could effectively access redress mechanisms in order to be fully compensated for the harm they had suffered.

1) Documents
2) Comments received
  • The European Parliament adopted a resolution on 26 March 2009 and the European Economic and Social Committee an opinion pdf on 25 March 2009.
  • The European Consumer Consultative Group (ECCG) adopted an opinion pdf on 23 November 2010.
  • See also the contributions received during the public consultation

Green Paper

The White Paper was preceded by a Green Paper which was published in 2005. This had identified the main obstacles to a more efficient system for bringing damages claims for infringement of EU antitrust law, and had already proposed measures encouraging the right to compensation by victims of infringements of the EU antitrust rules.

1) Documents
2) Comments received
  • The European Parliament adopted a resolution on 25 April 2007 and the European Economic and Social Committee an opinion pdf on 26 October 2006
  • See also the contributions received during the public consultation on the Green Paper

Studies prepared for the Commission

Key Court cases

Key Court cases The European Court of Justice held in several instances and contexts that anyone who suffered harm through an infringement of the EU antitrust rules is entitled to full compensation, and that national rules should ensure the effectiveness of this right. See for instance:

  
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