The cartel settlement procedure under EU rules allows the Commission to settle a cartel case with the companies involved under a streamlined procedure if the parties agree with the Commission’s findings on the infringement. Created in 2008, six cartel settlements have since been successfully concluded under the procedure.
The settlement procedure has now become a well-established instrument for cartel enforcement. In order to ensure an even larger improvement, discussions are currently underway to further streamline the process. This event will be part of this broad discussion, giving a general overview of the topic enriched with the explanation of early cases, and will be an opportunity to understand and discuss the lessons drawn from the past experiences.
Flavio Laina has been the head of the Cartel Settlements unit in the Directorate General for Competition (DG Comp) of the European Commission since June 2012. Previously, he was head of the unit responsible for merger control in the sectors of energy and the environment. Mr. Laina joined the European Commission in 1994, after working in a financial company managing investment funds in Milan, Italy. He has worked in all of the operational areas of activity of DG Comp, beginning in State Aid Control, then moving to Cartels and Antitrust, and later to Merger Control. He began leading cartel investigation teams in 2003 and subsequently became deputy head of unit and head of unit. He is an economist by education.
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