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dc.contributor.authorCOSTA-CABRAL, Francisco
dc.contributor.authorHANCHER, Leigh
dc.contributor.authorMONTI, Giorgio
dc.contributor.authorRUIZ FEASES, Alexandre Vicent
dc.date.accessioned2020-04-14T13:28:02Z
dc.date.available2020-04-14T13:28:02Z
dc.date.issued2020
dc.identifier.issn1572-4042
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1814/66811
dc.descriptionPublished on 27 March 2020en
dc.description.abstractThis paper explores how EU competition law enforcement might be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Each section of this paper reviews how various components of EU competition law are impacted. The paper evaluates the state of play and, where relevant, it makes policy proposals for how competition law might develop. It suggests that the Commission’s state aid policy is unprecedentedly lax but more tightening up might be welcomed to ensure state funds are not misspent. In the field of antitrust it recommends that competition authorities should be watchful of excessive prices and price discrimination, using interim measures more boldly. Collusion should remain an enforcement priority but a procedural pathway to review agreements that may be in the public interest is proposed, drawing on practices developed in the US in the aftermath of major natural disasters. In merger control, the Commission’s strict interpretation of the failing firm defense is appropriate but, in general, a more skeptical attitude towards mergers may be warranted during this period. Advocacy plays a key role: competition agencies can both point to existing regulations that limit competition and monitor proposed emergency legislation that would harm competition for no good reason.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherTilburg Universityen
dc.relation.ispartofseriesTILEC Discussion Paperen
dc.relation.ispartofseries2020/07en
dc.subjectCovid-19en
dc.subjectCOVID-19en
dc.subjectCoronavirusen
dc.subjectK20en
dc.subjectK21en
dc.subjectL41en
dc.subjectL50en
dc.titleEU competition law and COVID-19en
dc.typeOtheren
dc.identifier.doi10.2139/ssrn.3561438
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