The EU Council of Ministers has formally adopted the Directive on antitrust damages actions on 10 November 2014. The Directive is expected to facilitate more damages actions in the future, as it will give victims of cartels and other infringements of EU competition law, among other things, easier access to evidence and more time to bring their claims.
The European Parliament already approved the Directive in April 2014. Once signed and published in the EU Official Journal within the upcoming weeks, the Member States will have two years to incorporate the new damages rules in their national legislation. In its Recommendation on collective redress of 2013, the European Commission also invited the Member States to introduce collective damages actions by July 2015.