CONFERENCE: EUROPEAN UNION - COMPETITION POLICY - INDUSTRIAL POLICY - COMPETITIVENESS - REFORM

Beyond Alstom-Siemens: Is there a need to revise competition law goals? (New Frontiers of Antitrust - Paris, June 14th, 2019)

The present contributions were gathered following up the 10th edition of the “New Frontiers of Antitrust” annual Concurrences review Conference held in Paris on June 14th, 2019, at the French Ministry of Economy and Finance. The discussions revolved around four topics. The members of the first panel addressed the aftermath of Alstom-Siemens and questioned the need to revise competition law goals. The second panel focused on judicial review. The third panel discussed restrictive trade practices in the food and retail sector and the Directive 2019/633. Finally, the fourth panel dealt with the collection of business and personal data and studied the interactions between privacy and competition.

EU policy after Siemens/Alstom: A look into the right tools to preserve the EU industry’s competitiveness at global level Bernard Amory [1] Partner, Co-Head of Global Antitrust Practice, Jones Day, Brussels Charles de Navacelle Partner, Antitrust and Competition Law, Jones Day, Brussels Henry de la Barre Associate, Antitrust and Competition Law, Jones Day, Brussels I. Lessons from Siemens/Alstom 1. Background 1. In September 2017, Siemens and Alstom, the two largest rolling stock manufacturers active in the EEA, announced their intention to join forces to create a “European Champion in Mobility” presented as a merger of equals. The merger, strongly backed by France and Germany, was to bring together two of the largest rolling stock and signaling suppliers globally in a combination

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Bernard Amory, Charles de Navacelle, Henry de la Barre, Simon J. Evenett, Beyond Alstom-Siemens: Is there a need to revise competition law goals? (New Frontiers of Antitrust - Paris, June 14th, 2019), November 2019, Concurrences Review N° 4-2019, Art. N° 91853, www.concurrences.com

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