Constitutional promotion of competition - Opportunity given, intention questionable
Bálint Bassola on the constitutional promotion of competition
In recent years, several market segments have been dominated by cartel agreements and monopolies – said Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in his recent speech before the European Parliament as well as in his annual ‘state of the Nation’ speech at Millenáris. It seems that government policy is determined to fight harmful market conduct. The new Constitution of Hungary reflects this approach as well by making it an obligation of the State to ensure the conditions of fair economic competition and to intervene against abuse of dominance. However, it remains doubtful whether it was appropriate to insert these objectives into the Constitution.
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