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Market Definition in EU Competition Law

Miguel S. Ferro

The maintenance of a fair, competitive market among member states is critical to the functioning of the EU economy. In this book, the first comprehensive, unifying view of market definition, Miguel Ferro adeptly explores the different economic-legal issues that arise in EU competition law.
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Chapter 7: Geographic market

Miguel S. Ferro


This chapter builds on the general methodological issues addressed in Chapter 5, focusing specifically on the method of defining geographic markets under EU competition law. It begins by providing an overall summary of the case-law on the basic concept of geographic market and the principles for its delineation. In so doing it proposes a revised basic definition, which takes into account case-law developments, as well as an ‘ideal’ definition, which goes beyond the Court’s position. It then looks at the general factors which must be taken into account when including areas in the same market. Finally, it describes the case-law that deals, specifically, with insular markets and outermost regions, with definitions according to radius of time/distance, and with markets for transport routes.

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