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New Directions in EC Competition Policy: The Case of Merger Control

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This article examines two new directions of EC competition law, by taking the example of Merger Control. The first is factual, since the Commission has accepted an increased role for economic analysis under the new Regulation. The second examines the role that EC competition law could play in the achievement of the Lisbon Strategy objectives. At present, both directions interact with one another, as the importance and the aims of competition rules depend to a large extent on the economic theory when applying legal rules. Traditionally, the EU has rejected the creation of an industrial policy that is considered to be inefficient. But the intensification of international competition has to induce the EU to open up the debate in relation to the meaning to be attributed to a ‘European industrial strategy’. To accomplish a ‘dynamic and competitive’ European economy, current policies, mainly competition policy, should consider taking into account international competitiveness by resolving the question of the economic theoretical context used to review mergers.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Centre d'Études et de Recherches Internationales et Communautaires (CERIC Aix-en-Provence), Faculté de Droit et de Science politique, Université Paul Cézanne

Publication date: 2006-09-01

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