Report on Competition Policy 2013

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EESC opinion: Report on Competition Policy 2013

Key points:

The EESC:

  • welcomes the content of the report and, broadly speaking, supports it but wishes to state its concerns about the current situation;
  • deems the performance of the national competition authorities (NCAs) essential and believes that they should therefore be given the resources, both human and material, to enable them to act in a way that is efficient and proactive, rather than reactive;
  • believes that in addition to regulation, a role should be given to self-regulation, and this practice should be encouraged;
  • claims that the energy market should continue to receive special attention, since the single market has not yet been completed. Strengthening the European network and investing in renewables should be the focus for encouraging genuine competition in the sector;
  • believes that consumers' free access to all markets is essential and that the Digital Agenda's goal of universal broadband availability has a key role to play in achieving this;
  • recognizes that international cooperation, which has been the focus of a wide range of work, has yielded laudable results but stresses that a lot of work still remains to be done;
  • concludes that Europe continues to suffer as a result of unfair competition, both within its borders and beyond, from public and private enterprises based in countries where it is common practice to grant illegal state aid, where environmental laws are more relaxed and where the same labour laws are not respected.

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