The European Antitrust Review 2013

Competition policy for growth

07 August 2012

A main part of 2012 has seen further actions to stave off financial and economic crises and to return the European economy to growth. Understandably, most of the decisions taken have focused on the financial sector because solid financial markets are a prerequisite for a prosperous economy. Decisions focused on how to contain the individual banks’ crises, how to return financial institutions to viability, and how to set better rules that will ensure a healthier financial sector in the future. In parallel, European leaders have also worked on measures aiming to foster growth in the Single Market, which has been identified time and again as the EU’s strongest asset.