EU Competition Policy’s Broad Application

  Robert Miklós Babirad   1          Introduction On October 18, 2012, Mr. Joaquín Almunia, Vice President of the European Commission responsible for Competition Policy delivered a speech entitled “Competition Enforcement in the EU: Beyond the Integration of Markets”[1] at the twentieth anniversary of the Academy of European Law.  Mr. Almunia’s speech reflects the important idea that EU competition policy has a broad application and impact on the EU’s citizenry.  Additionally, the scope of EU competition policy necessarily extends beyond furthering development of the Single Market…

‘(I Can Live) With or Without You’, the Opinion of Advocate General Bot in Joined Cases C-274/11 and C-295/11, Spain and Italy v Council, on the use of the enhanced co-operation procedure for the establishment of the EU patent system

Jose Manuel Panero Rivas MA in Economics for Competition Law candidate, King’s College London, LL.M in European Law, College of Europe, Bruges   On 11 December 2012, Advocate General Bot delivered his opinion on Joined Cases C-274/11 (Spain v Council) and C-295/11 (Italy v Council).[i] Should the Court follow his reasoning, the case is likely to have a major impact on the enhanced co-operation procedure (hereinafter “the ECP”), allowing Member States a large room of manoeuvre to use the procedure. This is something which, by…

Italian Golden Shares – a Never-Ending Story?

Jelena Ganza PhD candidate, Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London   The obligation of sincere co-operation[i] of all Member States entails, inter alia, the national governments to comply with judgements of the Court of Justice of the European Union and adjust national measures accordingly. Timely and appropriate compliance initiatives would be seen as acting in good faith and in line with the sincere co-operation principle. Persistent non-compliance with judgements remains a problem and it particularly arises in cases where national governments’ influence over…

Nationalism and the European project

Nikolay Domanov LLM, MA in International Relations, Sofia University; Post-Graduate Diploma candidate in EU Competition Law, King’s College London   An idea with tremendous potential, a clear vision and huge emotional discharge emerged six decades ago in Europe – the creation of a Union which can bring piece and prosperity to the peoples of Europe. Unfortunately, 60 years later, this idea has yet to be accomplished. European integration was conceived mainly as a continuous process. Communities were created not to solidify the status quo, but to…

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