The European Council has reached agreement on a draft a new Reform Treaty, which would amend both the Treaty on European Union and the EC Treaty. There will be no express reference to "free competition" in the list of objectives of the EU (at the beginning of the Treaty on European Union), however a Protocol will confirm that the internal market includes a "system ensuring that competition is not distorted" and provisions on competition in Part Three of the EC Treaty will remain unchanged.

The CEU group fears that this Treaty change may lead to less enforcement action against Member States, while actions against companies will continue.

RSRB Commentary

Presidency Conclusions