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Is there a trade-off between competition and competitiveness?

This event will debate the trade-off between competition enforcement and international competitiveness

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Check-in & coffee

10:30-11:00

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Discussion

11:00-11:45

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Q&A

11:45-12:00

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Lunch

12:00-12:30

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There is a long-standing view that competition is good for efficiency and cost-competitiveness. If this is the case, strict competition enforcement should also be good for international competitiveness. There is also a view that scale lowers cost and makes it easier for firms to compete world-wide, particularly against very large or subsidised firms. If this is true there could be a trade-off between competition enforcement and international competitiveness. Which view is right? Should EU competition enforcement be more tolerant of mergers than it has been in the past?