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Institutional resilience and forward-looking competition policy

Cartel enforcement in Eastern Europe

Add to calendar 2024-06-05 12:30 2024-06-05 14:00 Europe/Rome Institutional resilience and forward-looking competition policy Sala Triaria Villa Schifanoia YYYY-MM-DD


05 June 2024

12:30 - 14:00 CEST


Sala Triaria

Villa Schifanoia

Join Jasminka Pecotić Kaufman as she explores the challenges and developments in competition law enforcement within East European NCAs.

In some East European countries, vigorous competition law enforcement comes at a great cost for National Competition Authorities (NCAs). Non-volitional leadership change, enforcement intensity slow-downs, and controversial judicial rebukes work to destabilise the competition systems’ development. On the contrary, other jurisdictions in the region are developing a focused and forward-looking competition policy alongside building a steady enforcement tradition.

Previous research (Pecotic Kaufman 2021, 2022, 2023) indicates that despite the prohibition of cartels featuring as a central norm of the transplanted market competition system under the auspices of the Europeanization process, the NCAs’ activities to enforce this encountered difficulties due to a dominant collusive culture setting in some post-socialist EU Member States.

By comparing the cartel enforcement track record and institutional capacities (budget, staff) of selected East European NCAs, the hypothesis is tested that – in those countries – cartel prohibition is counter-cultural and that enforcing it provokes competition system instability or decline in the long run. The concept of institutional resilience is used to explain the apparent differences between the post-socialist EU Member States in this respect.

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