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Commission bashing (part II)

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A few days ago Nico wrote a post about “Commission bashing” in which he acknowledged that, in reality, he’s not a Commission basher but rather appreciates the good things that Comp does [the fact that one of the three examples given -next to the Guidance Paper and the effects-based approach..-  was Post Danmark -a Court Judgment- reveals that Nico struggled to find good deeds on the Commission's part :)]

Until now, the most vocal Commission basher I knew of was Michael O’Leary, Ryanair’s CEO (check out his CV and the accompanying Commission disclaimer here.) We’ve previously referred to his comparison of Comp officials with Kim Il-Jung (sic) and with North Korean economists, but you may not have watched his equally… outspoken intervention at the EU Innovation Convention in 2011 (worth checking it out here)

But Mr. O’Leary now faces fierce competition. A blog called Venitism appears to overpass Ryanair’s chief’s tone; it has just published a post mildly titled: The stupid European Commission harassess the chip industry. Actually, the title is much softer than its content and than its pics. It’s so overdone that it’s worth taking a cursory look if you’ve a minute.

Aside from insulting the Commission, the post states that its authors have conducted a survey that reveals that 80% of economists would favor the abolition of antitrust rules. I’m told by my economist friends that this cannot be true, for, they say “the literature makes it clear that antitrust law promotes our welfare;)

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Written by Alfonso Lamadrid

23 April 2013 at 8:19 pm

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  1. The abolition of antitrust rules means … the “abolition” of all the antitrust lawyers and economists.

    Antonio

    24 April 2013 at 1:58 pm

  2. Quite true on Post Danmark. Yet, I view it as an implicit judicial transposition of the Guidance paper, So I guess you can say it is a by-product of the Commission’s policy on abuse of dominance. And it has been received with a lot of praise by some Commission officials. On this, I actually recommend the reading of the remarkable piece of M. Marquis and E. Rousseva http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2171693

    Nicolas Petit

    24 April 2013 at 6:40 pm


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