About: Joaquín Almunia

Margrethe Vestager at the Parliament hearing [European Parliament / Flickr]

Vestager needs to blaze a new trail in public communication

As the new Competition Commissioner settles into the role, she should take the opportunity of her arrival to clarify how the EU executive communicates on competition cases, write Alec Burnside and Anne MacGregor, since the issue has landed her predecessor in hot water.
Ana Gomes [European Parliament]
Digital 17-06-2014

Europe’s creative industry is at the mercy of Google

For Europe's creative sector, the threat now and in the future does not come from the imbalances of the banking system, but from one company whose dominant position imposes its business model on the entire market: Google, writes Ana Gomes.
Transport 31-01-2013

After UPS-TNT, more merger battles to come

Joaquín Almunia’s predecessor as competition commissioner, Neelie Kroes, ended her five-year mandate having barred two mergers. The previous negative decisions hinged on potential harm to consumers and whether harm could be offset by increased network efficiencies, write Mario Mariniello and Alice Gambarin.
Competition 23-04-2010

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

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.
Euro & Finance 02-12-2009

Get our budgets under control, or debt will control us

Ahead of the economic and finance ministers today in Brussels (2 December), Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner Joaquín Almunia calls for public finances to be returned to a sustainable path in an op-ed sent to EURACTIV.
Euro & Finance 27-10-2008

Making the most of the euro

As the euro approaches its second decade, it is time for "eurozone governments to live up to their responsibilities and fully coordinate their economic policies," argues EU Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner Joaquín Almunia in the autumn edition of Europe's World.
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