European Competition Forum 2012
2 February 2012
The European Competition Forum was held in Brussels, hosted by the European Commission. The event attracted a broad spectrum of high-level participants, including representatives from national ministries and local government, European institutions, national competition authorities, business and consumer organisations, think tanks, and international organizations.
The three sessions of the Forum were designed to cover all competition policies, i.e. antitrust, mergers and state aid. The main topics of discussion were
- competition policy's contribution to growth and competitiveness
- possible reforms to state aid control to reinforce the single market
- the unique EU model of competition enforcement model
The speakers at the Forum explored more and better ways of keeping the single market competitive and fair. A vibrant, effective single market can offer European citizens the assurance of lower prices and greater choice of innovative products.
In the wider perspective, a successful, competitive single market can help the economy revive and grow, and create more jobs for more people.