Archive for October 27th, 2010
I believe that we´re the first ones to report the following changes within DG COMP (approved today by the Commission and effective from 1 November):
Nadia Calviño has been appointed Deputy Director General in DG Market. In order to replace her, Cecilio Madero has been appointed Acting Deputy Director General for Antitrust & Mergers.
In addition, Joachim Luecking will be acting as Director of C; Eduardo Martinez will act as Head of C/1; and Gert-Jan Koopman will become Deputy Director General for State aid.
This is really (heart)breaking antitrust news. Paul the Octopus died yesterday at the Sea Life Centre in Oberhausen.
This is dramatic news for the competition community: precisely yesterday I saw that the market intelligence company Mlex had very recently referred to Paul as Damien Neven´s replacement (see the great picture above, extracted from the October-December 2010 issue of Mlex magazine).
The aquarium has announced that Paul´s body is in cold storage while decisions are made on ”how best to mark his passing”. Paul will be given his own small burial plot and a permanent shrine would be erected in his memory”. For a modest idea from chillingcompetition as to how Paul could better rest in peace, see here