European competition policy is one of the success stories of the European integration process. This is not to say, however, that the policy always works effectively; that it is always transparent and legitimate; nor indeed that its constituents and stakeholders universally approve of the framework which structures the policy, the procedures that govern its implementation, or the way it is enforced from day to day. Nevertheless, European competition policy is perhaps the most supranational of all EU policies and has become something of a flagship for the EU. For that reason alone it is important for students of European integration and EU politics, among others, to engage with this policy area.
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