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Directive on Antitrust Damages Actions

The Directive on antitrust damages actions was signed into law on 26 November 2014. This followed final adoption of the Directive by the Council on 10 November 2014. See the Commission press release.

Once the Directive is published in the Official Journal, Member States will have 2 years to implement it in their national legal systems.

Prior to the final adoption by the Council, a corrigendum of the Directive's text was adopted on 21 October 2014 without a vote at the European Parliament's plenary session. The corrigendum is available in all languages.

The corrigendum text is the result of technical revisions by lawyer-linguists of the text agreed between the European Parliament and the Council during the ordinary legislative procedure and adopted by the European Parliament in April 2014.

See also Commission press release and memo issued in April 2014.

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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