INTERVIEW: EUROPEAN COMMISSION - COMPETITION POLICY - MERGER CONTROL - STATE AID - GREEN DEAL - FOREIGN INVESTMENTS

Carles Esteva Mosso: Looking back at his experience at the European Commission

Interview conducted by Benoît Durand, Partner, RBB Economics, Brussels/Paris

The most important merger decisions Between 2014 and 2019, you were deputy director-general for mergers, but your experience with merger control starts well before that, notably when you were a member of the Merger Task Force before your stint in the cabinet of Mario Monti. You are one of the most experienced practitioners in this field in Europe. Among the thousands of EU merger decisions, if you had to pick the three most important EU decisions, which ones would these be? And why? I am tempted to answer that the most important decisions are the large number—more than 300 by now—of first-phase decisions with remedies. They do not very often attract attention but show merger control at its best: the authority and the parties working together to remove competition concerns and allowing

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Carles Esteva Mosso, Benoît Durand, Carles Esteva Mosso: Looking back at his experience at the European Commission, September 2021, Concurrences N° 3-2021, Art. N° 101153, www.concurrences.com

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