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9 Concluding Remarks

From: Merger Control, National Security, and Foreign Direct Investment Screening: A Comparative Perspective (1st Edition)

Ioannis Kokkoris

From: Oxford Competition Law (http://oxcat.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 17 July 2024

Merger control

This concluding chapter reviews the themes explored in the rest of the book, drawing together insights from diverse regulatory regimes. It begins by examining the interrelation between competition and non-competition policy goals. Acknowledging the importance of these broader goals, the chapter underscores the challenges of harmonizing them within the competition law framework and the risk of undue political interference. Concluding remarks on the individual jurisdictions analysed in the rest of the book highlight the nuances of their FDI screening and merger control regimes. Ultimately, this chapter offers a critical perspective on the delicate equilibrium required to reconcile national security concerns and competition principles. It emphasizes the need for dialogue between policymakers, companies, and stakeholders to navigate the evolving landscape of economic governance. As the world grapples with protectionism’s resurgence, the chapter suggests that the test for governments and regulatory bodies lies ahead—one that necessitates an adaptive approach.

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