Antitrust: Commission adopts Guidelines on collective agreements by solo self-employed people

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has adopted today its Guidelines on the application of EU competition law to collective agreements(‘Guidelines’) regarding the working conditions of solo self-employed people.The Guidelines clarify when certain self-employed people can get together to negotiate collectively better working conditions without breaching EU […]

Antitrust: Commission publishes market study on hotels’ distribution practices

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission published today the results of an external market study on the distribution practices of hotels in the EU. The market study was conducted in 2021 and covers the period between 2017 and 2021. It focused on a representative sample of six […]

Antitrust: Commission seeks feedback on performance of exemption for liner shipping consortia

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has launched today a call for evidence inviting feedback on the performance of the EU legal framework which exempts liner shipping consortia from EU antitrust rules (Consortia Block Exemption Regulation or ‘CBER’). Today, the Commission has also sent targeted questionnaires to […]

Antitrust: Commission seeks feedback on commitments offered by Amazon concerning marketplace seller data and access to Buy Box and Prime

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission invites comments on commitments offered by Amazon to address competition concerns over its use of non-public marketplace seller data and over a possible bias in granting sellers access to its Buy Box and its Prime programme. The Commission’s investigations Amazon is […]

Antitrust: Commission opens investigation into possible anticompetitive disparagement by Vifor Pharma of iron medicine

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has opened a formal antitrust investigation to assess whether Vifor Pharma has restricted competition by illegally disparaging its closest – and potentially only – competitor in Europe on the market for intravenous iron treatment, Pharmacosmos. Vifor Pharma’s conduct appears to be […]

Antitrust: Commission carries out unannounced inspections in the water infrastructure sector over alleged bid-rigging

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission is conducting unannounced inspections in a Member State at the premises of companies active in the construction of networks and treatment plants for drinking water and wastewater. The Commission has concerns that certain companies may have violated EU antitrust rules that […]

Antitrust: Commission opens investigation into possible anticompetitive conduct by Google and Meta, in online display advertising

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has opened a formal antitrust investigation to assess whether an agreement between Google and Meta (formerly Facebook) for online display advertising services may have breached EU competition rules. Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: ”Many publishers rely […]

Antitrust: Commission seeks feedback on commitments offered by Insurance Ireland concerning access to its data sharing platform

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission invites comments on commitments offered by Insurance Ireland, an association of Irish insurers, to address competition concerns regarding access to its Insurance Link information exchange system.  On 14 May 2019, the Commission opened a formal investigation into Insurance Ireland’s conduct. In […]

Antitrust: Commission publishes final report on consumer Internet of Things sector inquiry

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has published today the findings of its competition sector inquiry into the consumer Internet of Things (IoT). The final report and its accompanying staff working document identify potential competition concerns in the rapidly growing markets for IoT related products and services […]

Antitrust: Commission fines UBS, Barclays, RBS, HSBC and Credit Suisse € 344 million for participating in a Foreign Exchange spot trading cartel

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has completed its cartel investigation into the Foreign Exchange (‘Forex’) spot trading market by imposing fines on five banks. The Commission has adopted today a decision imposing a total fine of € 261 million on the four banks that decided to […]

Antitrust: Commission carries out unannounced inspections in the defence sector

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. On 23 November 2021, the European Commission is conducting unannounced inspections at the premises of a company active in the defence sector. The Commission has concerns that the inspected company may have violated EU antitrust rules that prohibit cartels and restrictive business practices (Article […]

Antitrust: Commission invites interested parties to provide comments on draft revised Vertical Block Exemption Regulation and Vertical Guidelines

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has launched today a public consultation inviting all interested parties to comment on the draft revised Vertical Block Exemption Regulation (“VBER”) and Vertical Guidelines. The draft revised VBER and Vertical Guidelines follow a thorough review process launched in October 2018. This […]

Antitrust: Commission fines car manufacturers €875 million for restricting competition in emission cleaning for new diesel passenger cars

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has found that Daimler, BMW and Volkswagen group (Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche) breached EU antitrust rules by colluding on technical development in the area of nitrogen oxide cleaning. The Commission has imposed a fine of € 875 189 000. Daimler was […]

Antitrust: Commission opens investigation into possible anticompetitive conduct by Google in the online advertising technology sector

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has opened a formal antitrust investigation to assess whether Google has violated EU competition rules by favouring its own online display advertising technology services in the so called “ad tech” supply chain, to the detriment of competing providers of advertising technology […]

Antitrust: Commission sends Statement of Objections to Insurance Ireland for restricting access to a data sharing platform

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The Commission has informed Insurance Ireland, an association of Irish insurers, of its preliminary view that it breached EU antitrust rules by restricting competition in the Irish motor vehicle insurance market. The Commission takes issue with certain conditions of access to the Insurance Link […]

Antitrust: Commission publishes initial findings of consumer Internet of Things sector inquiry

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has published today the preliminary results of its competition sector inquiry into markets for consumer Internet of Things (IoT) related products and services in the European Union. The Preliminary Report confirms the rapid growth of these markets, but also identifies potential […]

Antitrust: Commission publishes findings of evaluation on the Motor Vehicle Block Exemption Regulation

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has published today the Evaluation Report and Staff Working Document summarising the findings of its evaluation of the Motor Vehicle Block Exemption Regulation. The aim of the evaluation was to gather evidence on the functioning of the rules applicable to vertical […]

Antitrust: Commission fines investment banks € 371 million for participating in a European Governments Bonds trading cartel

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has found that Bank of America, Natixis, Nomura, RBS (now NatWest), UBS, UniCredit and WestLB (now Portigon) have breached EU antitrust rules through the participation of a group of traders in a cartel in the primary and secondary market for European […]

Antitrust: Commission publishes findings of the evaluation of rules on horizontal agreements between companies

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has published today a Staff Working Document that summarises the findings of the evaluation of the two horizontal block exemption regulations on Research & Development and specialisation agreements (“R&D BER” and “Specialisation BER” respectively, together “HBERs”), together with the Horizontal Guidelines. […]

Antitrust: Commission sends Statement of Objections to Apple on App Store rules for music streaming providers

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has informed Apple of its preliminary view that it distorted competition in the music streaming market as it abused its dominant position for the distribution of music streaming apps through its App Store. The Commission takes issue with the mandatory use […]

Antitrust: Commission fines three EU railway companies €48 million for customer allocation cartel

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has fined railway companies Österreichische Bundesbahnen (ÖBB), Deutsche Bahn (DB) and Société Nationale des Chemins de fer belges / Nationale Maatschappij der Belgische Spoorwegen (SNCB) a total of €48 million for breaching EU antitrust rules. The companies participated in a customer […]

Antitrust: Commission opens investigation into possible anticompetitive behaviour by the power exchange EPEX Spot

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has opened a formal investigation to assess whether the power exchange EPEX Spot SE (‘EPEX Spot’) has been taking advantage of its dominant position to hinder the activities of competitors on the market for electricity intraday trading facilitation services in at […]

Antitrust: Commission opens investigation into PPC’s behaviour in the Greek wholesale electricity market

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has opened a formal antitrust investigation to assess possible abusive behaviour by Public Power Corporation (‘PPC’) in the wholesale Greek electricity sector. Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy said: “We all rely on well-functioning electricity markets. Today we […]

Antitrust: Commission fines Valve and five publishers of PC video games € 7.8 million for “geo-blocking” practices

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has fined Valve, owner of the online PC gaming platform “Steam”, and the five publishers Bandai Namco, Capcom, Focus Home, Koch Media and ZeniMax € 7.8 million for breaching EU antitrust rules. Valve and the publishers restricted cross-border sales of certain […]

Antitrust: Commission publishes report on implementation of Damages Directive

This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament. The European Commission has published a report on the implementation of the Antitrust Damages Directive which helps citizens and companies claim damages if they are victims of infringements of EU antitrust rules, such as cartels or abuses of dominant market positions. Based on the […]

Antitrust: Commission sends Statement of Objections to Conserve Italia for participation in canned vegetables cartel

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has informed Conserve Italia Soc. coop. Agricola and its subsidiary Conserves France SA (together referred to as Conserve Italia) of its preliminary view that they have breached EU antitrust rules by colluding to distort competition in the market for canned vegetables […]

Antitrust: Commission fines car parts suppliers of € 18 million in cartel settlement

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has fined Brose and Kiekert a total of € 18 million for taking part in two cartels concerning supplies of closure systems for cars in the European Economic Area (EEA). Magna was not fined as it revealed both cartels to the […]

Antitrust: Commission adopts guidance for national courts when handling disclosure of confidential information

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has adopted a Communication on the protection of confidential information by national courts in proceedings for the private enforcement of EU competition law. This follows a targeted public consultation that the Commission launched on 29 July 2019 inviting comments from stakeholders […]

Antitrust: Commission launches sector inquiry into the consumer Internet of Things (IoT)

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission today launched an antitrust competition inquiry into the sector of Internet of Things (IoT) for consumer-related products and services in the European Union. The sector inquiry will focus on consumer-related products and services that are connected to a network and can […]

Antitrust: Aspen proposes 73% price reduction for six off-patent cancer medicines to remove Commission’s excessive pricing concerns

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission invites comments from all interested parties on commitments submitted by Aspen to address the Commission’s concerns over excessive pricing as regards six off-patent cancer medicines. Aspen proposes to reduce its prices in Europe for these medicines by 73% on average. In […]

Antitrust: Commission consults stakeholders on a possible new competition tool

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has published today an inception impact assessment as well as an open public consultation inviting comments on exploring the need for a possible new competition tool that would allow addressing structural competition problems in a timely and effective manner. Stakeholders can […]

Antitrust: Commission seeks feedback on commitments offered by Broadcom concerning TV set-top box and modem chipset markets

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission invites comments from interested parties on commitments offered by Broadcom to address competition concerns in relation to Broadcom’s conduct in various TV set-top box and modem chipset markets. Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “TV set-top boxes […]

Antitrust: Commission provides guidance on allowing limited cooperation among businesses, especially for critical hospital medicines during the coronavirus outbreak

This article is brought to you in association with the European Commission. The European Commission has published a Temporary Framework Communication to provide antitrust guidance to companies cooperating in response to urgent situations related to the current coronavirus outbreak. In this context, the Commission is also issuing a “comfort letter” concerning a specific cooperation project aimed […]