Competition and the State of the Union

With a multitude of speeches, meetings and events to listen to and attend, the Law Society has been abuzz with discussion of new developments in the Union. There have been renewed calls for unity between member states in the face of external pressures including third countries, technological innovation and Brexit.

We reflect on the shape of the bloc via an analysis of Juncker’s state of the Union speech, an audience with the Estonian prime minister and a report on the latest Brexit negotiations. Regulatory proposals tackling competition in a breadth of areas from social media and technology to investment have been put on the table and we have devoted a number of articles to considering these evolving matters.

Breakfast with the woman who sued Google

9 November 2017

“Do markets serve the interests of consumers?”- that was the question posed by Margrethe Vestager, EU Commissioner for Competition, at a breakfast briefing hosted by the European Policy Centre, in front of an audience which included the former President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy. 

Commission proposes oversight of foreign investment in the EU

9 November 2017

Within Jean-Claude Juncker’s state of the union speech on 13 September, the President of the European Commission announced the creation of a new EU framework for foreign investment screening.

Estonian Presidency – Prime Minister Ratas’s half-time reflection

9 November 2017

Summary of the ‘Half-time for the Estonian Council Presidency: Uniting through balance’ event (held by the ALDE party and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom on 20 September 2017 at the Museum of Natural Sciences, Brussels)

Commission Crackdown on Google Domination

9 November 2017

Google recently sought to appeal a record €2.4bn fine ordered by the European Commission in June this year. The Commission stated that the internet giant had abused its market dominance as a search engine by giving an illegal advantage to its own shopping comparison website.

Uniting the Union: Jean-Claude Juncker’s State of the Union Address 2017

9 November 2017

European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker delivered his State of the Union address on 13 September. His speech was positive, highlighting theprogressmade by the European Commission over the last year. He pointed out that the Commission has 16 months left to deliver real improvement on its positive agenda. 

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