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Competition Policy and the Agribusiness Sector in the European Union

This paper analyses the main antitrust decisions in the agribusiness sector in Europe. First, legislation and economic principles are recalled. Then for input suppliers, farmers, manufacturers, and retailers, we give a brief presentation of the market structure and discuss the main competition concerns according to the most recent antitrust decisions. Farmers are the weakest link of the entire chain, given the degree of concentration in the upstream and downstream industries in Europe. The use of the concept of buying power could be developed by competition authorities to balance power along the agro-food chain.

Published in European Review of Agricultural Economics, 29(3), August 2002, pp. 373-397.


Date: August 2002
Author(s): Paolo Buccirossi, Stéphane Marette, Alessandra Schiavina
Tag(s): Research Papers , Abuse of Dominance, Competition Economics, Mergers, Policy Assessments