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Friday, June 29, 2018

Presumptions in EU competition law

Cyril Ritter, DG Competition offers Presumptions in EU competition law.

ABSTRACT: A presumption is usually defined as using a known fact to infer another fact. However, presumptions could be defined more broadly, as including several types of logical leaps, automatisms, burden-shifting mechanisms and predispositions. Using more than 30 such ‘presumptions’ as examples, this article tries to (i) provide a description and a classification of presumptions in EU competition law; (ii) explore to what extent these presumptions are compatible with fundamental rights and general principles of EU law; (iii) explain the rationales for presumptions in EU competition law; and (d) draw conclusions for optimal enforcement.

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