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Bilateral Treaties in the Field of Competition Law

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This chapter presents a brief historical overview of bilateral treaties in competition law. It provides some general comments on the policies of the EU and the USA. The chapter looks at the most comprehensive category of bilateral treaties, that is, those between the EU and the USA, the USA and Canada, the EU and Canada as well as that between the USA and Australia. Less comprehensive bilateral agreements are also discussed, that is, between the EU and China and between the USA and China. The chapter talks about the European Competition Network (ECN) and the European Economic Area (EEA). It further deals with less comprehensive forms of co-operation, which include general agreements containing competition provisions. Finally, the chapter explains the need for developing instruments for further co-operation providing for coordinated settlements and leniency programmes.

Keywords: bilateral treaties; competition law; European Competition Network (ECN); European Economic Area (EEA); leniency programmes



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