Recently, the European Commission (“EC”) launched two major public consultations for new legislative tools intended to step up antitrust enforcement in digital and other markets. One consultation relates to a new competition enforcement tool that would allow the EC to pro-actively intervene in markets to address potential concerns about the competitive behaviour and effects of online platforms the (“New Competition Tool”). The use of the proposed new competition law instrument would however not necessarily be limited to platform-based and online markets, but may potentially also be applied to more traditional sectors, such as agri-food markets. Critically, antitrust intervention on the basis of the New Competition Tool would not require a prior finding of a violation of EU competition
The EU Commission launches consultations on ex-ante competition enforcement in platform-based and other industries
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