Following the Commission’s Consultation on the “Evaluation of procedural and jurisdictional aspects of EU merger control” in October, we are looking at the current status of EU Merger Control and outcome of the consultation which aims for a simpler, more efficient and coherent procedure.
Deputy Director General For Mergers, DG Competition | European Commission
Carles Esteva Mosso is Deputy Director General for mergers at the Competition Directorate General of the European Commission. Previously, he was in charge of the Directorate for Policy and Strategy. His responsibilities included the development of policy, strategy and legislative instruments in the fields of antitrust, mergers and state aids as well as the coordination of the European Competition Network and the international dimension of competition policy. Carles Esteva held before a number of management positions in DG Competition. He was Head of the Private Enforcement Unit, in charge of developing initiatives to facilitate the compensation of damages deriving from the infringement of competition law rules. Before he had been Head of the Merger Control Unit in charge of the investigation and assessment of mergers in telecoms, media and IT related industries and Head of Unit for Merger Control Policy and Scrutiny. Between 1999 and 2004, Carles Esteva was a Member of the Cabinet of the European Commissioner for Competition Policy Mario Monti. In this capacity, he advised the Commissioner on the enforcement of merger control, antitrust and cartel policy. He was also the Cabinet Member in charge of the process of modernisation and reform of antitrust and merger rules. Since 1994 and before joining Mario Monti’s cabinet, he had worked in several areas within DG Internal Market and DG Competition, including the Merger Task Force and the antitrust unit in charge of the financial sector. Prior to joining the European Commission, Carles Esteva worked in legal private practice. He is a member of the Barcelona’s Bar. Carles Esteva holds a Masters degree in European Law from the Institut d’Etudes Européennes, Université Libre de Bruxelles; he also graduated in Law and in Economics by the Universitat de Barcelona and in Political Science (International relations) by the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. He has been a guest professor on competition law at the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics. He regularly participates in major conferences and academic seminars on competition law and policy.