by Veronica Pinotti, Philipp Werner, Robert Bäuerle and Lionel Lesur

The network of European antitrust regulators, the European Competition Network, has revised its model leniency programme for cartels.  Major changes include a broader scope for summary applications when applying for leniency in more than three EU Member States, the application of leniency programmes to cartels with vertical elements, clarifications on the non-disclosure obligation, and unification of the level of protection for oral and written statements by leniency applicants. The changes will take effect once the individual competition authorities have  implemented them in their individual leniency programmes.

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