Analysis of Some Competition Authorities’ Responses To the Covid-19 Emergency

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Valentyna Lukianets

Abstract

The aim of this article is to provide a short overview and analysi s of some competition authorities’ responses to the COVID-19 emergency, by evaluating the state of play and, where relevant, making proposals for how competition law and its enforcement might develop worldwide. The article contributes to the existing international debate about the consequences of the current COVID-19 crisis on competition law. The analysis is limited to restrictive agreements, abuse of dominance and merger control. The undertakings must primarily be aware of that current crisis is not an excuse to breach competition laws and that competition laws continue to apply, with no general crisis exemption, nor during the COVID-19 crisis. The competition authorities are accommodating their practice in addressing restrictive agreements (cooperation between competitors in times of economic crisis), abuse of dominance (measures to protect against exploitative pricing), and merger control (procedural and substantive aspects of control).

Keywords:
Competition Authorities COVID-19 Emergency Competition Law Restrictive Agreements Abuse of Dominance Merger Control
Published: Oct 20, 2020

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COVID-19 - Economic, Legal and Political Challanges