Background and main points:
Once a year the Commission issues its report on competition policy, which outlines both its legislative activities, and details cases that were under investigation in the fields of Antitrust, Merger Control and State Aid. Focus chapter of the report 2009 is devoted to the "Competition policy and the financial and economic crisis." issue.
Main points of committee report:
The report welcomes the Commission Report on Competition Policy 2009, but notes that the response by the Commission to Parliament's 2008 Competition Report is a mere summary of actions taken, and does not provide any insight into the effectiveness of the measures, therefore urges the Commission to prepare a detailed evaluation on decisions adopted in the framework of the application of the temporary State Aid measures as a response to the economic and financial crisis; in the same time welcomes the temporary State aid rules established, but emphasises the need to discontinue temporary measures and exemptions as soon as possible; calls on the Commission to reconsider if the existing temporary framework effectively contributes to a level-playing-field throughout the Union and if the discretionary application of the framework leads in this respect to an optimal outcome; demands that the European Parliament is regularly informed of any initiatives in competition field; stresses the need for clear competition rules that are helpful and useful for SMEs; points out that free competition is one of the most essential preconditions for overcoming the financial crisis effectively; recalls its resolution of 25 April 2007 on Green Paper on damages actions for breach of the EC antitrust rules and stresses that the pending legislative proposal should include the content of Parliament resolution of 26 March 2009 on the White Paper on damages actions for breach of antitrust rules; welcomes the extension of the vertical block exemption regulation but points out that the Commission has failed to take into account specific circumstances in certain aspects; Stresses the need for developing synergies between competition and consumer protection policies; Regrets that energy consumers in the EU continue suffer from a distorted energy market and invites the Commission to monitor closely the implementation of the third energy liberalisation package by Member States; requests to produce a study on the effects of the market power that major food suppliers and wholesale distributors hold on the functioning of that market.
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