Recent Developments at DG Competition: 2017/2018
27 Pages Posted: 14 Nov 2018 Last revised: 27 Nov 2018
Date Written: November 1, 2018
The Directorate General for Competition at the European Commission enforces competition law in the areas of antitrust, merger control, and state aids. This year’s article provides first a general presentation of the role of the Chief Competition Economist’s team and surveys some of the main achievements of the Directorate General for Competition over 2017/2018. The article then reviews: the Google Search (Shopping) case, the role of price discrimination in state aid cases; and the use of counterfactuals in merger cases where alternative transactions might have occurred absent the merger.
Keywords: Competition Policy, Antitrust, Mergers, State Aid, Counterfactual, Google, Price Discrimination
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