Mrs Kroes ... no pussycat (Photo: European Commission)

New Competition chief sets out tough credentials

Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes on Thursday (9 December) dismissed claims that she is too close to business interests to be tough on anti-competitive behaviour as she blocked a proposed merger of Portugal’s main gas and electricity companies.

Defending herself against critics, Mrs Kroes said, "A couple of people suggested that I would hold back … that I wouldn’t take tough action against businesses that violate the Competition rules because I was too close to business interests …...

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