Economic and Legal Implications for the EU Member States
Edited by Katalin J. Cseres, Maarten Pieter Schinkel and Floris O.W. Vogelaar
Chapter 20: Closing Remarks
20. Closing remarks Floris O.W. Vogelaar Looking back at a wonderful one and a half days, at the same time I have to look back in time. I remember that Claus Ehlermann and I met for the ﬁrst time in the spring of 1969. He was then working at the Legal Service of the Commission, and I was a small and humble internee there, sharing an ofﬁce with Graham Child and Cornelis Canenbley just opposite his. It is remarkable to note that 35 years later, we are still in the trade. However, the point to be made today is that in July 1969 the Commission took the Quinine cartel decision.1 That decision was the ﬁrst in which the Commission ever imposed a ﬁne, 50,000 Ecu at the time, and as I remember it everybody came out of their ofﬁces in the Loi Building of the Commission’s Legal Service onto the corridors to discuss this special event in sheer admiration. Apart from the fact that that ﬁne was only paid much later in 1984, without any accrual of interest, it shows from where we came and where we are nowadays. I also remember that a short time thereafter an ofﬁcial from the US Department of Justice Antitrust Division came on secondment to the Legal Service, and later I believe also to DG IV, Joel Davidow. When, after a stay of six or eight months, he was back in America, he wrote an article reporting on what he...
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