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Halting Anti-Competitive Conduct Not Enough, Vestager Says

Law360 (May 16, 2019, 7:12 PM EDT) -- The European Union's top antitrust official suggested Thursday that the bloc's enforcers need to do more than just stop anti-competitive behavior in fast-moving digital markets, arguing for more proactive authority that can force companies to actually shore up the competition they allegedly undermined.

Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said during a Brussels plenary session on the digital economy that simply stopping anti-competitive behavior isn't always enough to repair the market.

"By the time that competition authorities come in, a lot of damages can already have taken place when it comes to competition," Vestager said.

Vestager pointed specifically to the European Commission's 2017...

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