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Department of Economics, Copenhagen Business School Working Paper Series, Department of Economics, Copenhagen Business School

No 11-2002:
Competition compliance: limits to competition policy harmonisation in EU enlargement

Jochen Lorentzen and Peter Møllgaard

Abstract: The paper analyses the extent of and the reasons behind limits to competition policy

harmonisation in EU enlargement. Our focus is on vertical restraints. First, we

compare the relevant legal regimes towards vertical agreements in the EU and in

Eastern Europe. We then describe competition policy practice in all ten EU candidate

countries and point out differences both between East and West and among the

candidates. Finally, we examine a large database of inter-firm agreements in Eastern

Europe’s car industry and use insights from case studies of subcontracting to highlight

instances of non-conformity between (1) East European competition law and practice

and (2) EU rules and East European competition law enforcement. The conclusion

recommends how to improve competition policy practice, and thus compliance, postenlargement.

Keywords: Competition policy; vertical restraints; vertical agreements; Eastern Europe; EU harmonisation; subcontracting; competition law; (follow links to similar papers)

JEL-Codes: D40; G18; K00; K12; L14; L42; (follow links to similar papers)

15 pages, September 1, 2002

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