VOL. 2011, 4(5)
More economic approach to exclusivity agreements:how does it work in practice?Case comment to the judgment of the Court of Appeals in Warsaw of 25 February 2010 –
(Ref. No. VI ACa 61/09)
No other topic draws as much attention in competition law as the need for aneconomic approach
and yet, it is still a ‘deficit’ approach. Authorities enforcingcompetition protection rules are still very attached to the formalistic approach andthis is an affliction not only of the Polish but also of the EU authorities and courts
.The judgments delivered in 2010 by the Polish first and second instance courtsresponsible for competition matters in the
appears here as an exception
This trend is articulated in the Community legal order, in particular in the 90’s: joined casesT-374/94, T-375/94, T-384/94 and T-388/94
European Night Services and Others v. Commission
,ECR  III-3141, para. 136-137, although the need was also expressed earlier: 56/65
Société Minière et Technique
, ECR  235.This postulate is widely discussed in the Polish literature; see: A. Jurkowska [in:] T. Skoczny, A. Jurkowska, D. Mi
Ustawa o ochronie konkurencji i konsumentów. Komentarz
The Act on Competition and Consumer Protection. Commentary
], Warszawa 2009, pp. 379-380, and in judicature it appeared, among others, in the sentence of the Court of Appeals of 13 February2007, VI ACa 819/07, LexPolonica 1455907.
See A. Jurkowska–Gomu
ka, ‘Doktryny orzecznicze s
dów wspólnotowych w sprawachkonkurencji po 1 maja 2004 r.’
[‘Judicial decisions of the Community courts on competitionmatters after 1 May 2004’] in: A Jurkowska-Gomu
dów wspólnotowych w sprawach konkurencji w latach 2004-2009
Jurisprudence of Comunity courts in competition matters in the years 2004-2009
], Warszawa 2010, pp. 28-32; the author described ‘missedopportunities’ in
cases. Cf. also EC Decision COMP/E.-1/38-113/
, and Court’s judgment of 9 September 2010 in T-155/06
Judgement of the Court of Competition and Consumer Protection of 18 August 2008,XVII Ama 83/07.
It should be noted that the UOKiK President issued (after the contemplated judgment)decision DOK-8/2010 of 26 August 2010 in Wrigley Polska case, where the authority analyzedin detail, applying the economic approach, the possibility of an anti-competitive effect resulting
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