Competition weekly news summary
27 September 2013


Conferences and Speeches

  • Abuse of dominance: a view from the EU
    Fordham’s Competition Law Institute Annual Conference, New York, Joaquín Almunia
    27 September 2013
    "To sum up this review of unilateral conduct enforcement and policy in Europe and America, I would like to tell you that – in my experience as Commissioner for Competition – I have never seen our remaining differences block our cooperation on any individual case. It is our responsibility to recognise and understand our respective systems and move on. We often investigate the same problems, apply similar analyses and find similar remedies. I am determined to advance along this path together with our colleagues in the US. We will continue to exchange views, coordinate our work on the cases of common interest, and push our cooperation towards ever higher levels."
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  • Competition and EU policy-making
    Harvard Law School, Boston, Joaquín Almunia
    26 September 2013
    "Over the past few years, we have tried to raise competition policy to a level that actively integrates it into the other policies deployed by the EU to stimulate growth across the continent. To do that, we have resisted all attempts to regard competition policy mainly as a passive tool; one that is employed only in response to a threat to competitive conditions in a given sector and to the integrity of the Single Market."
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  • Banks in distress and Europe’s competition regime: On the road to the Banking Union
    Peterson Institute for International Economics, Washington DC, Joaquín Almunia
    25 September 2013
    "The Banking Union project will help maintain financial stability, put the EU banking system in good order, strengthen the economic and monetary union, break the link between the banking system and the sovereigns and – most importantly – restore normal lending conditions to the economy. Until it is fully in place, the Commission will use the new State aid rules to keep a level playing field in the Single Market, protect the interests of taxpayers, and ensure stable and predictable conditions for market participants at all times."
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  • EU competition policy, relations with the US, and global business
    Georgetown University Law Center, 7th Annual Global Antitrust Enforcement Symposium, Washington DC, Joaquín Almunia
    25 September 2013
    "The competition authorities on both sides of the Atlantic should strengthen their traditional ties to lead by example, shape the international competition agenda, and help build a global playing field to sustain the recovery – still weak and uncertain – after the long global slowdown. The courage and determination that we'll be able to show in improving our relations will bring large benefits to our respective economies and fulfil our responsibility towards the rest of the world."
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