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Revision of the De Minimis Notice (antitrust)

Policy field

Competition: Antitrust

Target group

All citizens and organisations are welcome to contribute to this consultation.

Period of consultation

From 11.07.2013 to 03.10.2013

Objective of the consultation

The main policy objective is to ensure that the De Minimis Notice reflects appropriately the development of the case law from the European Court of Justice (in particular the recent Expedia judgment). The Court has now established that the concept of a non-appreciable impact on competition (de minimis) does not apply when the agreement in question contains a so-called "by object restriction" (which is a severe restriction presumed to be anti-competitive as such).

The De Minimis Notice needs to be updated to ensure that no agreements containing "by object restrictions" can benefit from the safe harbour of the De Minimis Notice (the current Notice contains a safe harbour below 15 % market share for agreements between non-competitors and below 10 % for agreements between competitors).

From a pure technical perspective the revision will also ensure that the De Minimis Notice does not need to be updated every time another competition law regulation is revised.

View the consultation document

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Press release: Antitrust: Commission consults on review of safe harbour for minor agreements ("De Minimis" Notice)

Contact details

Responsible service: Directorate-General for Competition – Unit A.1
Please always indicate the reference number in your correspondence: HT. 2901
E-mail address:

Postal address:
European Commission
Directorate-General for Competition
Antitrust Registry
Ref.: "HT 2901"
1049 Bruxelles/Brussel

Replies to the consultation

Public authorities
  • Danish Competition Authority en
Registered organisations
  • Assonime en
  • Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie de en
  • COMPER Fornalczyk & Partners en pl
  • Gesamtverband der Deutschen Versicherungswirtschaft de en
  • UGAL en
Non-registered organisations
  • Borenius en
  • Herbert Smith Freehills en
  • Mittelstandsverbund de en
  • Università di Trento en
Individual contributions
  • Giorgio Monti en
  • Saskia King en
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