Antitrust Policy Should Stay In Its Lane, EU's Vestager Says

By Melissa Lipman (September 18, 2017, 4:01 PM EDT) -- Regulation, not a more expansive use of competition law, is the answer to concerns about everything from food safety to vehicle emissions that have arisen in recent European Union antitrust work, EU competition chief Margrethe Vestager said Monday.

The commissioner, speaking at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C., conceded that "prices and innovation are not the only things that matter," but she cautioned against trying to force other kinds of concerns into a merger or antitrust analysis.

While reviewing two major proposed mergers of agrichemical companies, Vestager said she had received as many letters citing concerns about the effects pesticides...

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