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New EU measures seeking to update EU competition rules in line with the digital age

At the end of May 2018 the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union (‘the Council’) reached provisional political agreement on a proposal from the European Commission (‘the Commission’) for a new Directive seeking to strengthen and harmonise the enforcement powers available to the national competition authorities in the EU1 (‘the ECN+ Directive’). The Commission has heralded the ECN+ Directive as a major step forward in ensuring that the competition rules can be enforced more effectively, particularly in fast moving digital markets. In this article Paul Stone, Partner at Charles Russell Speechlys, discusses the background to the ECN+ Directive, its main elements and what impact it might have on the digital sector.

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