Competition Archives

  • Europe’s digital revolution

    06-05-2015

    The Digital Single Market is our chance to compete with the US on knowledge and innovation, writes Eva Paunova.

  • The European Commission should think carefully before acting on FTC Google memo

    21-04-2015

    European regulators should ignore the misleading publicity surrounding the US Federal Trade Commission’s anti-competition case against Google and concentrate on finding the facts, argues Thomas Leary.

  • Make 2015 a year of world trade action

    03-04-2015

    International trade creates wealth and opportunities around the world. But the richest countries must take care to foster, not weaken the poorest, writes Anabel Gonzalez. 

  • TTIP is a land of opportunity for small businesses

    19-06-2014

    TTIP represents a land of opportunity for businesses. Opening up markets on both sides of the Atlantic will create a wealth of business opportunities, and EU negotiators should adopt a small business perspective, too, writes David Caro.

  • EU’s free movement: Like the air that we breathe?

    Justice & Home Affairs 30-01-2014

    The exercise of the right to freedom of movement is not as evident as "the air that we breathe". EU citizens should be reminded of this, so they vote next May to firmly defend this crucial milestone in the European construction, António Vitorino and Yves Bertoncini write.

  • British business benefits greatly from EU membership

    05-11-2013

    In the debate on the UK's membership of the European Union, some have called into question the value of the member state status. But British business - large and small - is unequivocal: membership of a reformed EU is the best way to realise our global future, writes Katja Hall.

  • Europe must bring the single market to the digital world

    04-11-2013

    Digital change is ready to take the European telecoms sector by the throat. If we don’t change collectively, Europe’s competitiveness will slip just as the opportunities of the big data revolution arrive on our doorstep, Neelie Kroes writes.

  • Europe’s competitiveness gap: Never waste a good crisis

    26-11-2012

    To avoid a lost decade for the competitiveness of the European economy, EU leaders will need to summon the same energy they used to prevent a catastrophic economic meltdown, say Carl Björkman and Guillaume Amigues.

  • The end of the EU cartel leniency programme

    23-06-2011

    A recent European Court of Justice ruling is a potential blow to a key programme protecting anti-cartel whistle-blowers in the European Commission's competition department, argues Andreas Geiger of Brussels law firm Alber & Geiger.

  • Competition policy: Help or hindrance to Europe’s economic recovery?

    23-04-2010

    Competition policy is essential for sustainable growth and a pillar of economic recovery, while those who want to relax competition during the economic downturn or protect national markets and support inefficient national businesses are "wrong", said Joaquín Almunia, European Commissioner for Competition, at a European Policy Centre (EPC) briefing on 19 April. Extraordinary public support measures were introduced to help the EU through the crisis, but these are now gradually being reduced and markets will start to function normally again, writes the EPC in its report of the event.

  • Europe’s music industry could flourish with improved copyright rules

    Languages & Culture 23-04-2010

    The European Commission should work to develop a Collective Rights Management model that is "fit for the digital era and will enable everyone to access music in a legitimate, transparent and efficient manner," writes Nicolas Galibert, chair of the International Confederation of Music Publishers (ICMP) and president of Sony ATV Music Publishing France.  

  • The new Commission’s economic philosophy

    09-02-2010

    Is the Barroso who pledged 'social measures' in the September 2009 parliamentary hearing the same Barroso who had made the 'Lisbon agenda’ of liberal reforms and a stronger single market the priorities of his first term
    in 2004, ask Katinka Barysch, Charles Grant, Simon Tilford and Philip Whyte of the Centre for European Reform in a February paper.

  • Is the Commission obstructing innovation and growth?

    24-11-2008

    EU competition policy may constitute an "obstacle" to innovation and growth in the high-tech sector, writes Simon Tilford, chief economist at the Centre for European Reform (CER), in a November paper.

  • The Microsoft case: competition law caught by politics

    20-11-2007

    Seen by some as a political victory for the European Commission and by others as a barrier to innovation, the outcome of the Microsoft case has spread the competition debate beyond judicial and competition policy specialist circles, writes Claire Vanini in a paper for the Robert Schuman Foundation.

  • The truth about competition

    29-06-2007

    Following French President Nicolas Sarkozy's intervention at the recent Brussels Summit, Phedon Nicolaides of the European Institute of Public Administration in Maastricht assesses the exclusion of "free and undistorted competition" from the EU's objectives.

  • Chance for more competition in retail banking

    01-02-2007

    Commenting on the Commission’s retail banking inquiry report, Nicola Jentzsch of the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) argues that more competition in retail banking will bring benefits, such as better service, lower prices and savings.

  • From EU’s internal market to economic protectionism?

    05-12-2006

    Although the internal market is at the core of the EU and although, especially for Germany, the advantages are undeniable, the internal market is often criticised. Dr Joachim Wuermeling, state secretary at the German Federal Ministry for Economics and Technology, highlights the achievements, dangers and current and future challenges. 

  • Analysis : The economic performances of Sweden since 1970 – Some elements of evaluation

    18-04-2006

    This paper by Vincent Touzé from the French institute OFCE and the Institute of political studies of Lille, presents an outcome evaluation of economic performances of Sweden since 1970. 

  • Public procurement (Hungary)

    23-04-2004

    Public procurement is one of the cornerstones of the single European market. This paper in SSD's EU Accession Series focusses on the key aspects of public procurement in the Hungary.

  • Public procurement (Czech Republic)

    10-04-2004

    Public procurement is one of the cornerstones of the single European market. This paper in SSD's EU Accession Series focusses on the key aspects of public procurement in the Czech Republic.

  • Public procurement (Slovak Republic)

    31-03-2004

    Public procurement is one of the cornerstones of the single European market. This paper in SSD's EU Accession Series focusses on the key aspects of public procurement in the Slovak Republic.

  • In Europe, “le service public” is in the general interest

    05-03-2004

    This report, drafted by a working group on the Services of general interest (SGI)

  • The future of EU competition policy

    22-02-2002

    The future of EU competition policycalls for a radical rethink of how competition policy is run. The author argues for a new 'European Competition Agency' to take the politics out of merger and anti-trust investigations. This body should co-operate more closely …