Paucity of Consumer Redress Actions: A Critical Appraisal in Light of the Damages Directive for Competition Infringements

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Şahin E.

Çankaya Üniversitesi Hukuk Fakültesi Dergisi, vol.3, no.2, pp.169-195, 2018 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 3 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Journal Name: Çankaya Üniversitesi Hukuk Fakültesi Dergisi
  • Journal Indexes: TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.169-195
  • Erzincan Binali Yildirim University Affiliated: Yes


The studies carried out for and by the European Commission have demonstrated that one group of victims harmed by competition infringements, ie consumers, have never or rarely claimed compensation. This gave rise to an ongoing work in the EU to enhance private competition law enforcement and to raise awareness among victims for over a decade. In 2014, the European Commission’s work on the enhancement of private competition law enforcement has led to the publication of ‘The Directive on Certain Rules Governing Actions for Damages Under National Law for Infringements of The Competition Law Provisions of the Member States and of the European Union’. The article aims to show that the Directive has failed to address the main issues resulting to the paucity of consumer damages claims, and therefore argues that the Directive falls short of providing necessary means to compensate consumers.