The fourth roundtable of the conference “New frontiers of Antitrust” (Paris, 22 February 2013) was dedicated to "Industrial policy: Can a pro-competition industrial policy exist?". In the first contribution, Frederic Jenny specifies the notions in the matter. Jorge Padilla, author of the second contribution, studies the interactions between these two policies. Patrick Hubert, author of the last contribution and lawyer, underlines the level difference of legal hierarchy between these two norms. He describes the existence of a limited domain in which the policies are compatible.
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Frederic JENNY Professor at ESSEC Business School, Co-Director of the European Centre for Law and Economics
1. Defining what is meant by industrial policy is not an easy task, as there are so many different forms of government intervention under this heading. Rather than giving an exhaustive definition of industrial policy, it seems preferable to indicate a few key elements that are found in most of the interventions considered as part of an industrial policy. It is a voluntary intervention by the State or a public authority intended to ensure the existence, survival or development of an