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Environment and Competition policy: trends in European and national cases

I. Introduction This special issue contains discussions of cases in European and national practice concerning the interface between competition and environmental policy. Although the common denominator between the cases is a relationship with these two policy areas, a distinction can be drawn between two broad categories of cases. First, as we can imagine, measures taken with the objective of protecting the environment can have anticompetitive effects. In some cases, it is in fact not possible to secure environmental benefits without affecting the degree of competition in a market. The cases in this category illustrate a clear tension between competition and environmental protection, where it is up to the various stakeholders to achieve a balance between the two policy areas. The

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Annalies Outhuijse, Environment and Competition policy: trends in European and national cases, 31 January 2019, e-Competitions Bulletin Environment and competition policy, Art. N° 88830

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