Two excellent colleagues – one of whom is DG Competition’s Settlement Officer – have written an overview of the current state of settlement practice for cartel cases.


Since 2008, six cartel settlements have been concluded successfully

In one additional case, discussions have discontinued due to lack of progress and the Commission has reverted to the standard procedure.

A new wave of cases is currently being dealt with under that procedure

The EU Cartel Settlement Procedure: Current Status and Challenges“, Flavio Laina and Elina Laurinen, Journal of European Competition Law & Practice (2013) 4 (4): 302-311. doi: 10.1093/jeclap/lpt036 First published online: July 5, 2013