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Judicial Disorder in Competition Law Enforcement

 |  November 26, 2018

By Francisco Marcos (IE Law School)

This article reviews public enforcement of the prohibitions of anti-competitive behavior in Spain in recent times. After a brief tour of administrative enforcement of competition rules by the National Commission Markets and Competition (CNMC) in its nearly three years of existence, this article focuses on judicial review as the most worrying challenge faced by competition law enforcement in Spain nowadays. Indeed, several erratic decisions of the High Court (Audiencia Nacional) and of the Supreme Court, annulling on different grounds many punitive resolutions of the defunct National Competition Commission (CNC), show a disturbing legal incontinence that has frustrated the efforts made by the CNC in its six years of existence, and further complicates the situation faced by the CNMC.

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