Cllr Michael Murphy, head of the Irish EPP delegation to the Committee of Regions met yesterday with Commissioner Vestager to discuss his draft opinion on EU Competition Policy. Speaking after the meeting, Cllr Murphy welcomed the Commissioner’s engagement with the European Committee of Regions and spoke of the robust exchange of views that were had.

My opinion advocates greater flexibility in state aid rules in the agri-food sector, particularly for those EU Member states that are likely to face the greatest economic disruption as a result of BREXIT.

Commissioner Vestager’s willingness to consider and take on board some of my suggestions, and particular her support for greater resourcing of National Competition Authorities was an extremely welcome development.

Commissioner Vestager has robustly defended EU principles of competition policy during her tenure and it was a great opportunity to highlight the impact her decisions are having at a local and regional level.”

Murphy’s opinion on Competition Policy will be debated by the ECON Commission on the 19th September and will be subsequently voted on at the next plenary session in November.

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