CONFERENCE - NEW FRONTIERS OF ANTITRUST - INTRODUCTION

Antitrust enforcement in the EU in 2011 (New Frontiers of Antitrust Conference - Paris, 11 Feb. 2011)

In this article Joaquim Almunia, Vice President of the European Commission responsible for Competition Policy, gives us a bird’s eye view of his first year as Commissioner for Competition and gives his point of view about the objectives to hold for 2011. For him, we need more competition to get out of the crisis. Competition policy has the potential to become a driver of growth ; to train European companies to become world champions and, at the same time, to bring us closer to a genuine internal market.

New Frontiers of Antitrust Conference Antitrust enforcement in the EU in 2011 1. Ladies and Gentlemen, it has been a year, this week, since the Barroso II Commission took office and it is also a year since I addressed this conference's first edition. 2. The speech of 15th of February 2010 was my first as Commissioner for Competition. I thank very much the organisers to allow me again to address such a distinguished audience. This is the perfect opportunity to look back at what I have done over the last twelve months and to trace the way forward. I. Looking back 3. Last year, I shared with you my vision of competition as a vital policy area to help Europe overcome the crisis and – farther ahead in time – to boost its competitiveness, promote growth and create jobs. 4. One year

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Joaquín Almunia, Antitrust enforcement in the EU in 2011 (New Frontiers of Antitrust Conference - Paris, 11 Feb. 2011), mai 2011, Concurrences N° 2-2011, Art. N° 35686, www.concurrences.com

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