On June 29, the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) set aside the judgment of the General Court (GC) in the Alrosa case and dismissed Alrosa’s action on the merits. In the procedural economy/due process conundrum raised by negotiated procedures – Article 9 commitment proceedings in the case a quo – the ECJ decided in favor of the former: “the Commission has a wide discretion to make a proposed commitment binding or to reject it” (¶94). In that sense, Alrosa constitutes clearly a victory for the Commission, but one that raises more questions than it solves, I am afraid.

Welcome to the Kluwer Competition Law Blog. As its editor, it is a great pleasure for me to announce the launch of this new platform for the discussion of competition law developments in the EU and beyond.  Our aim is to debate current competition law issues that are of interest for practitioners, companies, and scholars alike….