Multi-Level Governance in Competition Policy: The European Competition Network

European Law Review, Vol. 35, p. 661, 2010

Posted: 9 Apr 2011  

Firat Cengiz

University of Liverpool, School of Law

Date Written: September 1, 2010

Abstract

This article analyses the general characteristics and practical cooperation mechanisms of the European Competition Network (ECN) as well as the initial experiences of policy enforcement through this network in the light of and in response to the European Commission Report on the Functioning of Regulation 1/2003. In general, this analysis is positive regarding the initial experiences of ECN. The article, however, finds significant accountability and due process problems caused in particular by the opacity of network management. Primarily, the article argues that, as an unintended consequence of Modernisation, EU competition policy has become vulnerable to the general systemic problems of multi-level governance.

Keywords: Accountability, Competition policy, Due process, Enforcement, EU law, European Competition Network, European governance

Suggested Citation

Cengiz, Firat, Multi-Level Governance in Competition Policy: The European Competition Network (September 1, 2010). European Law Review, Vol. 35, p. 661, 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1804976

Firat Cengiz (Contact Author)

University of Liverpool, School of Law ( email )

Brownlow Hill
Liverpool, L69 3BX
United Kingdom

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