The EU Council of Ministers has formally adopted a proposal for a directive on antitrust damages actions, potentially increasing the number of damages lawsuits against companies for anti-trust violations. The directive is expected to be signed at the end of November during the Parliament's plenary session. Thereafter, it will be published in the EU Official Journal and enter into force 20 days after publication. Once the directive is signed into law and published, member states will have two years to implement it in their national legal systems.