POLICY PLATFORM: EU balances competition policy beween new entrants and existing players


Gordon Downie, Shepherd and Wedderburn
Gordon Downie, Shepherd and Wedderburn

A little known provision contained in the EU’s internal energy market directives requiring Commission approval for ‘level playing field measures’ could prove to be a headache for policy makers looking to correct perceived imbalances between incumbent energy players and new entrants.

Establishing or maintaining a ‘level playing field’ is a common objective in the field of utility regulation, notably in the energy context where regulators often look to address perceived inequalities between incumbents and new entrants by putting in place measures designed to neutralise barriers to entry or competitive advantages, e.g., resulting from structural features such as vertical integration.

Read the full article by Gordon Downie, a Partner at Shepherd & Wedderburn – an acknowledged leader in the field of UK and EU competition law and regulation at the POLICY PLATFORM on Scottish Energy News.



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