Rev Ind Organ (2014) 45:399–415
Recent Developments at DG Competition: 2013–2014
Benno Buehler · Gábor Koltay · Xavier Boutin ·
Published online: 8 November 2014
© European Union 2014
Abstract The Directorate General for Competition at the European Commission
enforces competition law in the areas of antitrust, merger control, and state aids.
In 2013–2014 important antitrust decisions (Samsung and Motorola) were in the area
of standard essential patents. In merger control the European Commission carried out
an ex-post evaluation of past mergers in the INEOS/Solvay case in order to obtain
valuable insights for the merger under review. In state aid, as a part of the State Aid
Modernisation programme, guidelines were prepared to help EU member states to
design and carry out ex post assessments of state aid schemes.
Keywords Antitrust · European Commission · Ex-post evaluation · Merger control ·
State aid · Standard essential patents
The Directorate General for Competition (henceforth “DG COMP”) at the Euro-
pean Commission enforces competition law in the areas of antitrust (anti-competitive
agreements—including cartels—and abuses of dominant position), merger control,
and state aids.
B. Buehler · G. Koltay (
) · X. Boutin · M. Motta
Directorate General for Competition, European Commission,
Place Madou 1, 1210 Saint-Josse-Ten-Noode, 17/032, Brussels, Belgium