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DG COMP Stakeholder’s Study – A Counter-Survey

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In July 2010, DG COMP published the results of a wide-scale stakeholder study (Alfonso commented on this a while ago).

According to the stakeholders study, DG COMP has arguably enforced the competition rules in a satisfactory fashion, both from a substantive and procedural standpoint.

As part of their exam, my students from EDHEC Business School have been requested to assess whether the findings of DG COMP’s stakeholder study are sound. To this end, I have required them to run a counter-stakeholders’ survey, which takes the form of a reduced questionnaire.

I would like to offer our readers the opportunity to help my studs, by filling-in the below questionnaire: (or simply by clicking here)

Please note that it should take you a maximum of 15 minutes to complete this survey. Obviously, all the responses to the survey will remain confidential and will be used for the sole academic purpose of this study. If you have any questions or concerns about completing the questionnaire, you may contact my assistant at or

Name of assistants/students involved in the research project: Elise Provost; Naruttama Asvamanee;Edouard Augris; Melissa Butarbutar; Guilain Lobut; Anne-Juliette Lepoutre; Sabine Racine; Mariama Sene.

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12 May 2011 at 6:42 pm

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More competition related entertainment

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Our readers are proposing some additional nominations as well as the creation of a new categores for comic books and online games. We are obedient guys and we do what we´re asked, so we´re now beyond movies and looking for nominations on competition entertainment…

Best animated feature

A brief history of the creation of the FTC

Best online game

A visit to the mall, by the FTC

Best competition law comics

Two mangas by the Competition Commission of Singapore: Foiled (Abuse of dominance) and Fixed (price fixing)

O Cartel da Limonada, by the Brazilian Ministry for Justice

Io Non Abbocco, by the Italian Competition Authority

La Breve Storia di Borgo Allegro, by the Italian Competition Authority

Una Brutta Sorpresa, also by  the Italian Competition Authority (I´m sure they work on other stuff too over there)

The info on the comics is available at the ICN Blog (thanks a lot to Kartellblog for the pointer!).  I´ve actually found quite interesting info in there.  An example: anyone interested in doing competition law research in Fiji?

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3 February 2011 at 9:43 pm

A Competition Law Quiz

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In the past few days both Nicolas and I have commented on the Tomra and General Química Judgments. Both cases can be useful starting points for a quizz (we´ve got a special prize for anyone who replies all 5 questions correctly):

1) When was the last time that the European Courts annulled a Commission´s decision on abuse of dominance?

2) When was the last time that the Europen Courts reduced a fine imposed by the Commission on an abuse of dominance case?

3) When was the last time that US agencies successfully litigated an abuse of dominance (Section 2) case before the courts?

4) When was the last time that a company was able to rebut the presumption on the exercise of decisive influence applicable to 100% owned subsidiaries?

5) Which one of the Judges at the General Court directed and starred a movie on competition law (also starred by other well known competition lawyers and officials), and what was the title of the movie?


Unrelated: the companies sanctioned in the air cargo cartel case have lodged their appeals before the General Court, including Lufthansa, who received full inmunity in application of the leniency notice (very probably with the aim of reducing its exposure to damage claims). By the way, the registrar at the General Court has numbered Air Canada´s appeal as Case 9/11…

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26 January 2011 at 6:27 pm

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How are we doing?

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For the first time ever, DG COMP  has posed this question to stakeholders and citizens by carrying out a comprehensive survey about the perception of its activities.

In the framework of this exercise, two independent companies have undertaken  both a qualitative survey targetted to professional stakeholders and a quantitative survey of EU citizens from all Member States.

The aggregate stakeholder report is available here, and the individual reports for the various collectives interviewed are available in the following links (companies, lawyers, economic consultancies, consumer associations, national ministries, and national competition authorities). All of these reports cover issues such as legal and economic  soundness of decisions, integrity, economic effectiveness, and external communication. There are tons of interesting comments on DG COMP´s activities, too many to be summed up here. I very much recommend taking a look at these  if you find time.

The survey on citizen´s perceptions about competition policy can be consulted in its full version, as well as in an abbreviated one.  The results, once again, are also extremely interesting (and sometimes shocking; e.g: did you know that 29% of the Spaniards interviewed doubted that price agreements should be prohibited?).  

Some curious data: in practically all Member States the percentage of citizens who believe they are sufficiently informed about competition policy is below 5%;   more than 25% of Bulgarian, Slovak, Polish and Estonian citizens have no whish whatsoever in becoming more informed about this stuff;  the proportion of citizens who gave a “don´t know answer or who did not consider  themselves qualified to reply was highest in…Belgium!). When asked in what sector the lack of competition was causing problems for consumers, citizens pointed out at energy (44%), pharmaceutical products (25%), telecommunications and internet (21%), transport (19%), financial services (18%), and food distribution (16%).

PS. We´re not ignoring the elephant in the room (the opening of a formal investigation about Google´s allegedly abusive practices); there´ll be plenty to come on this case.

Written by Alfonso Lamadrid

2 December 2010 at 2:34 am

The Competition Democracy – Giving Approval Power to Antitrust Lawyers

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Please note that all answers are treated confidentially, and that no identification is requested to answer those polls.

Written by Nicolas Petit

2 December 2009 at 9:05 am

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Second Poll – Who Will be the Next EU Competition Commissioner?

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Please do not hesitate to participate, and note that we are committed to ensuring the privacy and confidentiality of your answers (actually, we cannot see your IP addresses, and all answers are stictly anonymous).

Written by Nicolas Petit

14 October 2009 at 5:32 am

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Poll on CFI Deference in Article 82 EC cases

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1 October 2009 at 3:13 pm