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PZU Życie: National Competition Law Is Alive and Kicking Thanks to the Threefold Test for Idem (C-617/17 Powszechny Zakład Ubezpieczeń na Życie)

Francesco Rizzuto, Monika Ewa Lynch


Keywords: parallel enforcement, fines, NCAs, Commission

Case C-617/17 Powszechny Zakład Ubezpieczeń na Życie S.A. v Prezes Urzędu Ochrony Konkurencji i Konsumentów, Judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union (Fourth Chamber) of 3 April 2019
The Court of Justice confirms the continued importance of national competition law as a distinct legal interest to protect. The infringing undertakings can face distinct penalties for the same infringement if an NCA can show that the harm caused to national and EU markets is distinct in its temporal and jurisdictional effects.

Francesco Rizzuto is Professor European Law and Head of Department of Law and Criminology at Edge Hill University, United Kingdom. Monika Ewa Lynch is a Graduate Teaching Assistant at Edge Hill University, Department of Law and Criminology and completing a Doctorate on the role of law in polity system change in Europe. For correspondence: <>.


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