COMPETITION EUROPEAN & FRENCH LAW MARKET

Own consumption refers to the production of goods or the provision of services necessary for the activity of an undertaking. It is not part of the supply on a market. The concept of a relevant market supposes that an effective competition can exist between the products that are part of it. Thus, self-assistance does not belong to the free market as there is no meeting of supply and demand with an agreement concluded and payment of a price. It is not however excluded from the assessment of a new entity’s market power. Similarly, the overall market for contract catering for example cannot include catering carried out by self-managed local authorities, since the latter do not represent an alternative for customers seeking third-party catering. In respect of the high volume of goods for own consumption produced by some undertakings, the control authorities have adopted a method of assessment based on the theoretical production capacity of producers in order to better ascertain their actual impact on the market and thus assess their market share.