The EU Commission prepares a new competition enforcement tool to extend the Competition Authority’s current enforcement powers and allow for far-reaching intervention in structural competition concerns

The European Commission (”Commission”) is preparing the ground for a new competition enforcement tool. This new tool could substantially extend the competition authority’s current enforcement powers and allow for far-reaching intervention where the Commission identifies structural competition concerns. In particular, following the proposal, the standard for intervention could be lowered significantly as the Commission may no longer be required to establish dominance in order to impose behavioural or structural remedies on a company. Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, explained “that there are certain structural risks for competition, such as tipping markets, which are not addressed by the current rules.” She stated that the Commission “is seeking

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  • Covington & Burling (Frankfurt)
  • Covington & Burling (Brussels)

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Martin Juhasz, Johan Ysewyn, The EU Commission prepares a new competition enforcement tool to extend the Competition Authority’s current enforcement powers and allow for far-reaching intervention in structural competition concerns, 2 June 2020, e-Competitions June 2020, Art. N° 95513

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