The long and winding road towards a unified competition law enforcement model in the EEA

By Johan Ysewyn and Andrea Zulli

On November 4, 2015, the European Commission initiated a consultation on the need, and means, to give national competition authorities broader and more effective enforcement powers. It is the first time, since the adoption of Regulation 1/2003, that the European Commission is seeking views on the efficiency of the system put in place more than 10 years ago and, especially, as to how its efficiency can be enhanced. What remains to be seen is whether the Commission will actually pick up on the issues raised by the various stakeholders and proceed with the further fine-tuning of Regulation 1/2003.