DG COMP Reform: An assessment

In 2003 and 2004, the European Commission made a series of significant reforms both to Community competition law and DG Competition. The legislative reforms were accompanied by equally far-reaching internal reforms to the organisation and procedures within DG Competition. This set of three articles (the first in French, the two others in English) assesses the reforms two years after: the first author, now Chief Economist at DGCCRF - French NCA - was a member of the first chief economist team; the second author, member of the Brussels Bar, delivers a practitioner’s point of view after more than 30 years dealing with the EC Commission; the last authors are economists, both practitioners and academics and review the DG COMP reform; They note that the application of economic principles as well as the use of economic and econometric evidence in competition policy cases entail some risks. They call for more guidance to those involved in the generation of economic evidence for use in competition policy cases.

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. Objectives and modalities of the reform: A first assessment Dr. Valerie Rabassa. Chief Economist, DGCCRF I. Modernising European competition law Between 2000 and 2005, the modernisation of European competition law was gradually put in place with first of all, on 1 May 2004, the entry into force of : (i) a set of rules implementing the EC Treaty provisions on restrictive agreements (Article 81) and abuses of dominant positions (Article 82); (ii) a new Merger Regulation and Guidelines on the analysis of horizontal mergers. In 2005, the reform continued with the presentation by the Commission of an Action Plan for a comprehensive five-year reform of State

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