State aid - Case 3

Discussion of policy issues in EU competition policy where reform may be necessary

E.CA was commissioned by the ERT Competition Policy Working Group to identify areas in EU competition policy where reform may be necessary, to ensure that the EU Competition Framework will work effectively in the future. The report focused on four policy issues in EU competition policy in more detail: efficiencies and market definition in merger cases, the role of distortions of competition in State aid decisions, and the balance between competition policy and regulation. An extensive review of merger and state aid cases was done to gather supporting evidence.