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Can Covid-19 change the EU competition law framework in health?

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>11/09/2020
<mark>Journal</mark>European Social Observatory / Observatoire Social Europeen Opinion Paper series
Number of pages11
Pages (from-to)1-11
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


While the EU competition law framework does not typically recognise modifications to take account of the specificities of the healthcare sector, the wide-ranging impact of Covid-19 has necessitated the introduction of temporary frameworks relaxing the application of the antitrust and state aid rules. This OSE Opinion paper argues that, as the pandemic evolves, it may be more pragmatic to re-examine in particular how the Services of General Economic Interest exception is used in the healthcare sector, rather than relying on definitions of ’temporary’, or cycles of application and disapplication of the temporary frameworks.