Wednesday, April 21, 2021
The European Union intends to transition to a digital and green economy, an ambitious endeavour which must be supported by all of its policies and actions. This includes competition law as a central pillar of the European economic constitution. While ‘digital competition law’ and ‘green competition law’ do not share many traits at first sight, upon closer inspection it becomes clear that their insistence on ‘non-economic’ goals defies some of the more established logic of EU competition law and requires a new outlook that reconciles their individual paths. Starting from the constitutional standing of the (quasi-)foundational values of data protection and environmental sustainability, the paper analyses how – on a more theoretical and on a more practical level – EU competition law could include these values into its assessments.