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Section 19a GWB

A tracker of enforcement actions under section 19a of the German Competition Act


Step 1: Designation phase

The German competition authority must first designate a firm as having paramount significance across markets based on qualitative criteria.


Step 2: Compliance phase

The German competition authority can prevent designated firms from behaving in a certain way based on a list of interdictions. Designated firms can prove that their behaviours have positive effects by bringing objective justifications.

Source: Christophe Carugati (last updated October 2023).

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