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Presentations and photos from “The European Competition and Consumer Day”

09. marts 2012

The European Commissioner for Competition, Joaquín Almunia, and the European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy, John Dalli, were yesterday among the main speakers at the annual European Competition and Consumer Day.

Experts and key decision-makers, among them the Danish Minister of Business and Growth, Ole Sohn, debated how stronger competition and active consumer behaviour strengthen growth in Europe.

Main conclusions from the conference:

  • Competition is a crucial driver for increased productivity and growth. Strong competition and active consumers are inextricably linked together.
  • We need to use our knowledge of consumer behaviour to prioritise the consumer policy to facilitate not only a high level of consumer protection but also to ensure that active consumers have the best possibilities to contribute to an effective competition.
  • Some countries have had more success in strengthening competition and productivity on the markets than other countries. There is much to be gained from sharing best practice.
  • Companies who breach competition law, cause great loss to consumers and society. Competition law enforcement has to be effective, and we have to use all tools available: from information and guidance to stricter sanctions.

The conference was held in Copenhagen as part of the Danish Presidency of the Council of the European Union 2012. The Danish Competition and Consumer Authority hosted the conference, which had approximately 250 attendees from 30 countries. 

The conference programme