Ten years later: What future for the European Competition Network?

While in the first decade of its existence, the ECN managed to prove its indeniable success through reaching its initial objectives of coherence and convergence, it is important for the following years to be an opportunity to go even further. The ECN still has to deepen the link between the member authorities by reinforcing the procedural harmonisation in the fight against anticompetitive practices, in order to grant the highest efficience of the EU competition rules. Thought should also be given to the enlargement of the scope of cooperation within the network, in particular as far as merger control is concerned.

*This article is an automatic translation of the original article, provided here for your convenience. Read the original article. 1. Now that we have just celebrated the tenth anniversary of the entry into force of Regulation 1/2003, it is time to draw up new perspectives for the Network in order to consolidate and strengthen its action in favour of a decentralised, coherent and effective application of European competition law. 2. Before getting to the heart of the matter, however, I cannot avoid taking stock of the last ten years, in order to highlight the many successes of the European Competition Network (the "ECN"), which also provide an indication of the room for improvement that remains. 3. The ECN is an undeniable success whose achievements can be appreciated through the

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