The context in which European businesses operate is changing. Challenges related to the lack of a global level playing field, the emergence of the digital economy and the need to strengthen the EU’s competitiveness have led to a growing momentum for a debate on the ‘fitness’ of EU competition policy. This Policy Dialogue will assess how EU competition law is dealing with these issues and explore if and which reforms are needed to meet current and future challenges. How can EU law best ensure free competition within the Single Market? Should EU firms be protected from international unfair practices? These and other questions will be explored by our panellists.
The European Commission has found that agricultural company AS Tartu Agro received incompatible aid from Estonia through the rent of agricultural land at a rate below market price. Estonia must now recover this illegal aid from AS Tartu Agro.
The first examples of farming hark back at least 100,000 years, and the growth of agriculture is seen as an essential driver for human civilization. But today the farming sector is facing a fundamental challenge as it attempts to remodel itself to meet the demands of a sustainable planet. The European Commission hopes to set a new agricultural agenda this March when it unveils its long-awaited ‘Farm to Fork’ initiative. Can it redesign the entire architecture of the food sector, or just nibble at the edges?