Sean Heather, Guido Lobrano, Oct 14, 2011
Anniversaries are marked by celebration, reflection, and renewals of commitment. On this occasion, the 20th anniversary of the agreement between the United States and the European Union regarding the application of their competition laws, (“Agreement”) the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and BUSINESSEUROPE would like to propose a toast. A toast to the visionaries that set the world’s two leading jurisdictions on a path to cooperation and coordination, to what has been accomplished in the last two decades, and to a rededication both to the work that remains bilaterally and the transatlantic leadership needed multilaterally.
The Agreement and the continuing agency dialogue that has developed within its framework have undoubtedly made positive contributions to the difficult process of navigating through the labyrinth of compliance issues arising from the scores of distinct state, national, and supranational antitrust enforcement systems originating in the United States and European Union. No one would suggest that such cooperation efforts have been anything less than productive; indeed, it is hard to envision a world in which the United States and European Union did not engage in a significant degree of consultation and information exchange on antitrust matters of mutual interest. The Agreement has made a measurable and lasting contribution to bilateral convergence and reducing costs and burdens.
While mindful of the valuable contributi