On July 15, 2019, the European Commission published its Report on Competition policy for 2018. Published annually, this report provides a non-exhaustive summary of most important decisions as well as legislative and policy initiatives adopted by the Commission in the field of EU competition law during the previous calendar year. Yet, when viewed within the context of the recent renomination of Margrethe Vestager as Commissioner for Competition and recent political developments in the EU and global competition law trends, the report can provide significant insight into the Commission’s future priorities. This article provides an overview of the Report and focuses on the most significant developments. It then explains how the Report fits within the broader context of competition policy and examines the trends that are likely to persist and develop under the Von der Leyen Commission and the expanded mandate of the soon-to-be Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager to lead the work on a Europe fit for the Digital Age.

By Salomé Cisnal de Ugarte & Stelios Charitopoulos1

 

I. INTRODUCTION

On July 15, 2019, the European Commission (the “Commission”) published its Report on Competition policy for 2018 (the “Report”). This report is prepared annually for the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union, the European Economic and Social Committee, and the Committee of the Regions. Once produced, it is debated i

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