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Parliamentary questions
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20 February 2019
Question for written answer E-000935-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Mario Borghezio (ENF)

 Subject:  Use made of single market competition rules in the agreement between France and Germany
 Answer in writing 

The French and German Governments have decided to put together a plan to change the EU’s competition rules so that the agreement on the merger between Alstom and Siemens can be carried through. In a note, France’s Finance Minister and Germany’s Minister for the Economy said that ‘competition rules are essential but existing rules need to be revised to be able to take proper account of industrial policy considerations’ that can help EU companies compete on the world stage.

Prior to this, the French Government drew on the very same rules it now wishes to change to conclude the Fincantieri-STX agreement, which places Italy’s shipbuilding giant at a disadvantage.

Will the Commission intervene to ensure the use of rules on competition in the single market does not discriminate against another Member State or place it at a disadvantage?

Original language of question: IT 
Last updated: 5 March 2019Legal notice