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Presenting the Annual Competition Report
European Parliament, ECON Committee - 23 September 2014

Commission Vice President Joaquín Almunia, in charge of competition policy, spoke this morning before the committee for economic affairs of the European Parliament. Thanking the Members of Parliament for the fruitful dialogue maintained during the mandate, he focused on some of the main achievements of the past years – such as the control by the Commission of the state aid granted to banks during the crisis, the broader overhaul of EU state aid rules through the State Aid Modernisation (SAM) package, the proposal for a directive on actions for private damages for victims of violations of antitrust rules, and the proposed regulation on multilateral interchange fees (MIFs). He also highlighted the importance of the antitrust enforcement carried out by the Commission in digital markets, and updated the Members of Parliament on the state of play of the ongoing Google investigation. He emphasised in particular the importance for the Commission to stand firm to preserve the independence, impartiality and objectivity of procedures and decisions in the antitrust field.

Some highlights from EU competition enforcement
Florence, IBA 18th Annual Competition Conference - 19 September 2014

Speech: EU competition policy and sectoral challenges
New York, Fordham 41st Annual Conference on International Antitrust Law and Policy - 12 September 2014

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