Senior EU official warns against substantive changes to bloc’s merger rules

27 January 2020 - 12:00 am UTC

Proposals to change the EU’s merger control rules that would apply contrasting legal standards to different parties would face significant challenges, said the new top civil servant at the European Commission’s (EC) directorate for competition.

The relationship between industrial policy and competition policy is the “sea serpent” of European politics and attempts to change the merger control process to favour industrial considerations could bring substantive issues, said Olivier Guersent, the new director general at DG Competition, in remarks at the Fondation Robert Schuman on Tuesday (21 January).

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