Le linee guida sugli accordi di cooperazione orizzontale

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] The guidelines on horizontal cooperation agreements

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The paper surveys the new EC Guidelines on horizontal co-operation agreements and focuses on the main novelties. The Guidelines revise the previous analysis concerning the most common forms of cooperation (namely, research and developments agreements; production and specialization agreements; purchasing agreements; agreements on commercialization and standardization agreements) and insert a most welcomed new chapter on information exchanges that fills a legal gap. The main novelties are: (i) the definition of a category of agreements for which, albeit having as their object to restrict competition, efficiencies are also to be taken into account, in contrast with hardcore restraints; (ii) the need to assess both ex-ante and ex-post the restrictive effects of agreements that – as is the case for information exchanges – may change the market conditions in a way that collusion is facilitated.
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] The guidelines on horizontal cooperation agreements
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)315-332
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • accordi di cooperazione orizzontale
  • antitrust


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