Live comments from the CCP Summer Conference 2013
June 7, 2013 Leave a comment
Maarten Pieter Schinkel (ACLE) provided insights in the new Dutch Authority for Consumers & Markets via Skype straight from Amsterdam. Some remarkable features of the new authority is its dependence on the ministry in terms of budget, personnel, the ministers ability to annul decisions and the fact that general policy changes have to be authorised by the minister. The ACM also has to consider wide “public interests” which increases the possibilities for lobbying. Finally he is concerned that cartel and abuse cases come last due to the new focus on consumer protection and the wider public interests.