Advances in Competition Policy Enforcement in the EU and North America
Edited by Abel M. Mateus and Teresa Moreira
Chapter 4: Competition Policy Enforcement in the European Union: State of Art and Major Challenges
Abel M. Mateus THE GOAL OF THIS CONFERENCE WITHIN THE CONTEXT OF THE PROMOTION OF COMPETITION CULTURE 1. Following the success of the first conference, it is indeed a great honour for me to open the Second Lisbon Conference on Competition Law and Economics, in cooperation with the Luso-American Foundation and the Portuguese Agency for Investment and External Trade. To them and all the other institutions that have made this important conference possible, I should like to start by expressing my gratitude for their much appreciated cooperation. This occasion is part of the programme of initiatives that the still young Competition Authority has implemented to promote a competition culture, which is so essential in a country that has opted constitutionally for a market economy and honours its responsibilities under the European Union treaties. Today we are also celebrating European Competition Day, for which our counterparts in the European Competition Network were especially invited. Let me extend a particular welcome to them. It was precisely in this city, in the year 2000, that the first European Competition Day was celebrated, under the Portuguese presidency. The basic objective of these conferences is to discuss topical issues on competition policy at a European and Transatlantic level, by bringing together a group of academics, members of the judiciary and specialists – economists and legal experts. Special importance is attached to the dialogue between the European Union and the USA. 28 Competition policy enforcement in the EU 29 2. THE CURRENT CHALLENGES FOR COMPETITION POLICY AT...
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