31 Oct 2012

Commission v. Gazprom: The antitrust clash of the decade?

Alan Riley

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This new CEPS Policy Brief boldly asserts that the antitrust case launched by DG Competition against  Gazprom on September 4th will turn out to be the landmark antitrust case of this decade, in much the same way that Microsoft v. Commission was the defining antitrust lawsuit of the last decade. The paper argues that, for a host of political and economic reasons, this case is likely to be hard fought by both sides to a final prohibition decision and then onwards into the EU courts. In the process, the European gas market and the powers of DG Competition in the energy field are likely to be transformed.

Alan Riley is Professor at City Law School, City University, Grays Inn, London.