European Competition Policy and the Citizen

Mario Monti

Abstract


The competition policy pursued by the European Commission has a direct impact on the daily life of the citizens of the European Union. The reduction of telephone charges, wider
access to air transport and the possibility of buying a car in the EU country in which prices are lowest are tangible results. Other, less visible, areas of Community competition policy also produce positive effects for the public. For example, merger control ensures a diversity of mass-market consumer goods and low prices for the final consumer. Likewise, by contributing to economic and social cohesion, the monitoring of state aid helps to promote viable and durable jobs throughout the Union. Whether they be consumers, savers, users of public services, employees or taxpayers, the Union's citizens enjoy the fruits of competition policy in the various aspects of their everyday life.

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