Competition Law: Current Developments: European Union Law

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Abstract

The period under review (January 2010 – June 2012) has been a time of consolidation (or exhaustion) for the Union generally, as the Lisbon changes are allowed to bed in. The competition sphere is no exception. There has been limited initiative, certainly nothing ambitious to come out of the Commission over the period. At the same time a new Commission took up office—three months late, and by a little-remarked constitutional sleight of hand1—in 2010, and with it came a new Commissioner for Competition (Mr Almunia) and with him a new Director-General of DG Competition (Mr Italianer—Dutch notwithstanding the name), which event sometimes, but not always, marks a reorientation of Union competition policy. Both are economists which, again, may or may not influence the direction of policy. At the same time the Union has been buffeted by a financial crisis not wholly of its own making in which the competition rules must have a significant role to play.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)991-1005
JournalInternational and Comparative Law Quarterly
Volume61
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Keywords

  • Block exemptions
  • Cartels
  • Criminal liability
  • EU law
  • Enforcement
  • Merger control
  • State aid

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