CONFERENCE : COMPETITION – TRADE – EU – US – COMPETITION POLICY

Competition and trade policies: TTIP or the return of the UFOs? (New Frontiers of Antitrust, Paris, 13 June 2016)

This first roundtable of the “New frontiers of Antitrust” conference held in Paris on June 13th 2016 was dedicated to the links between competition and trade policies in light of the ongoing negotiation of the TTIP between the European Union and the United States. After an introduction of Johannes Laitenberger, Director General of the DG COMP, describing the changes that occurred in this matter during the last 20 years, Mr. S. J. Evenett, lawyer at Brussels, shares his opinion on how competition law fits within a constantly changing world. In the final contribution, Mr. F.-C. Laprévote and B. Can, also lawyers at Brussels, explain the most recent developments and future challenges that the strong links between competition and trade policy will face.

Competition and trade policies: Is there a way forward? Johannes Laitenberger Director General, DG COMP Mesdames, Messieurs, Avant toute chose, j’aimerais remercier très chaleureusement les organisateurs de cette conférence internationale dédiée aux “Nouvelles frontières de la politique de la concurrence” pour leur invitation très aimable. I. From Singapore to Cancún 1. I’d like to start by recalling the steps that led to the proposal of competition discussions in the WTO and its stalling. 2. In 1994, the then Competition Commissioner Karel Van Miert convened a “Wise Men Group.” The group laid down recommendations to gradually build a new WTO-based plurilateral framework for the enforcement of competition law. These would include a core set of common principles and a commitment by all

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François-Charles Laprévote, Simon J. Evenett, Johannes Laitenberger, Burcu Can, Competition and trade policies: TTIP or the return of the UFOs? (New Frontiers of Antitrust, Paris, 13 June 2016), September 2016, Concurrences Review Nº 3-2016, Art. N° 80771, www.concurrences.com

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