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Bigger national role needed in applying EU 'gatekeeper' rules, Spanish antitrust enforcer urges

By Nicholas Hirst
  • 20 May 2021 10:34
  • 20 May 2021 10:34
Regulation of Google, Apple and other "gatekeepers" under draft EU laws should involve national antitrust agencies more deeply, Spain's top competition enforcer has said.

"National competition authorities can be better placed than the European Commission to enforce the Digital Markets Act where gatekeepers have a national dimension," Caní Fernandez, the president of

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Nicholas Hirst

Chief Correspondent


Nicholas covers EU merger review and antitrust investigations for Mlex in Brussels. He previously wrote about EU affairs for Politico Europe, European Voice and PaRR. After earning an LLM in European law from the College of Europe in Bruges, he spent a year working in the competition practice of a leading competition law firm in Brussels 2009-10. He graduated in modern European languages from Oxford University in 2006.

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