On 18 April 2012, the European Commission published a speech by Joaquín Almunia, the Vice President of the European Commission, on the importance of international cooperation to fight against protectionism. While he praised past cooperation between competition authorities, he also referred to the need for stronger bilateral and multilateral cooperation. To ensure proper control in our rapidly changing environment, he said competition authorities must strive to become more efficient and independent by having the correct resources, staff and legal arrangements. Read more.