Jean Monnet Network on enforcement of EU law (EULEN)

YRP Projects

The European Union’s system of multi-level governance in competition policy: Varieties of competition policy approaches? (by Moritz Wassum)

In my PhD thesis, I investigate and analyse the competition policies of the European Union (EU) and its member states. In the EU system of multi-level governance competition policies are enforced jointly by the European Commission and national competition authorities (NCAs). In the enforcement of competition policies NCAs can make use of both national competition laws and European-level provisions. Although European countries and the European Commission are commonly identified to have converged towards a ‘more economic’ approach there remain differences in the substantial content of the competition laws, judicial procedures, regulatory institutions and enforcement practices. Based on new institutionalist theory the thesis attempts to explain the variations in formal regulatory institutions and enforcement practices. In particular, I focus on the role of domestic institutional factors such as the legal tradition and type of capitalism of EU member states in shaping and affecting the design and enforcement of competition policies.


Mr. Moritz Wassum –

University of Strathclyde

Advisory Board

The network also has an advisory board with internationally recognised experts in the field of enforcement:

General coordination
Utrecht University, the Netherlands (prof. dr. Michiel Luchtman and dr. Mira Scholten)
Summer School 2022
Utrecht University, the Netherlands (prof. Judith van Erp)
OECD (dr. Florentin Blanc)
EU competition law
The University of Warsaw, Poland
(dr. hab. Maciej Bernatt and dr. Laura Zoboli)

Bocconi University, Milan, Italy
(prof. Federico Ghezzi and prof. Mariateresa Maggiolino)

EU banking and financial services
King’s College London, the United Kingdom
(prof. Alexander H. Türk and dr. Oana Stefan)
Fight against EU financial fraud
The University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
(prof. Katalin Ligeti and mr. Fabio Giuffrida)