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ECIPE Seminar: Europe´s New Industrial Policy

April 24 2019
Venue: ECIPE Office, Av des Arts 40, 6th floor, 1040 Brussels
Speakers: Oscar Guinea, Annika Hedberg, Benjamin Hartmann, Clemens Rosenmayr
Time: 14:15

An event to present the paper Standing up for Competition and discuss the latest developments in EU competition and industrial policy.

Industrial policy is back! Both the French and the German governments have recently presented a set of radical proposals designed to reshape EU industrial and competition policy. One of the suggestions is to empower the European Council to veto European Commission decisions on competition policy. This case for changes comes hard on the heels of the European Commission’s rejection of the rail merger between Alstom and Siemens.

The discussions on industrial policy have been dominated by the desires to create new ‘European Champions’. Some view competition policy as a block to big-company mergers and as a threat to Europe’s economy. For others, these ‘Champions’ may do more harm than good, stifling innovation and abusing their market power.

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Programme

Presentations of ECIPE’s papper Standing Up for Competition: Market Concentration, Regulation, and Europe’s Quest for a New Industrial Policy by Oscar Guinea.

The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion:

Moderator: Annika Hedberg, Head of Sustainable Prosperity for Europe programme and Senior Policy Analyst, EPC

Oscar Guinea, Senior Economist, ECIPE

Benjamin Hartmann, Legal Adviser and Team Leader, European Political Strategy Centre (EPSC)

Clemens Rosenmayr, Policy Advisor, Eurochambers