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Competition Policy in the EUFifty Years on from the Treaty of Rome$
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Xavier Vives

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199566358

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199566358.001.0001

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Regulation and Competition Policy in the Banking Sector

Regulation and Competition Policy in the Banking Sector

(p.260) 10 Regulation and Competition Policy in the Banking Sector
Competition Policy in the EU

Elena Carletti

Xavier Vives (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

The banking sector has long been exempted from the application of competition policy because of the potential trade-off between competition and stability. This chapter reviews the academic literature on this issue, and it describes the design of competition policy in Europe, and its application at the European level, in the last two decades. The analysis highlights that competition policy is now taken seriously in the financial sector, where the European Commission has investigated cartels, abuses, mergers, and state aids and it has taken some landmark decisions. Still, much remains to be done, both in terms of academic research, and of the role that the European Commission can play in fostering competition in banking in Europe.

Keywords:   banking, competition, antitrust policies, financial stability, financial integration

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