In the last years, Apple, Google, Microsoft, and other IT American companies have been showing their discontent about the European Union Commission policies and its treatment towards US companies. As a matter of fact, Robert Stake, a US Treasury Official in charge of international tax policy, after meeting with new competition officials in Brussels, recently said, “We are concerned that the EU Commission appears to be disproportionately targeting US companies”. This never-ending debate shows the importance of the EU Competition Policy and role that the EU Commission plays not only within the EU member states but also all over the world. How important is this policy today for the European Single Market functioning? Which have been the main evolutions since the original Council Regulation 17/1962? Taking into account the deep changes in European Economies due to technological and social transformations, how decisive is going to be this policy in the following years? This lecture aims to answer all these questions and present the ongoing main issues in the EU Commission competition agenda from a wider historical perspective.
Chaired by: Jose Manuel Martinez, Jean Monnet ad Personam Professor in EU Law and Government, Harvard University, Director RCC
Contact: Kim Conant