My intention in publishing this book is to provide a practical guide to the general procedure for the implementation of the Community competition rules applicable to undertakings. The special procedures applicable to the transport sector and to concentrations of undertakings are not therefore dealt with.
Except in key cases, the decisions of the European Court and the Court of First Instance of the European Communities, and Commission decisions are cited by way of example. Other judgments, orders and decisions could have been included in many other cases. Note that this book tries to cover them until 1 December 1995.
In view of my wish to keep the tone of this book descriptive, references to legal literature are mainly informative, to enable any readers who wish to do so to examine specific procedural matters in greater detail.
This book would not have seen the light without the support of many friends and colleagues in Madrid, Brussels and Cambridge. I want to thank again those who helped me in preparing the Spanish edition, and also those who helped me in updating it for its publication in English. In particular, John Temple Lang and Richard Lyal read the manuscript and made very useful comments. Kieron Beal checked footnotes and references, edited certain passages originally drafted by me in English, and helped me in drafting others. Hans Witt (DG IV), Alfredo Calot (European Court, Luxembourg) and the staff of the International Legal Studies Library at Harvard Law School provided me with the necessary materials.
Updating and reshaping this book was possible with the support of the European Law Research Center at the Harvard Law School and of the Real Colegio Complutense.
Finally, all opinions expressed are purely personal.
Luis Ortiz Blanco
Brussels, December 1995