Part IV Maritime Transport, 13 Competition (I): Market Definition and Antitrust Rules
Luis Ortiz Blanco, Elvira Aliende Rodríguez, Julie Vandenbussche
Edited By: Luis Ortiz Blanco, Ben Van Houtte
- Joint ventures — Abuse of dominant position — Market definition — Market power — European Union — Oligopoly — Passenger transport — Liner consortia
Maritime transport has been and still is a key pillar for economic growth: not only because it is a fundamental sector itself, but also because of the major affect it has on all other sectors of the economy. Its crucial importance has been why maritime transport has been the focus of EU competition rules since 1986. Chapters 13 offers an overview of the approach adopted from the different perspectives of European competition law over the years and the evolution of maritime transport regulation alongside the general European competition law developments. The chapter describes different segments of the shipping industry. It sets out in detail the elaborate practice in respect of restrictive agreements and abuses of dominant position, as well as the specific regulatory framework for liner shipping consortia.