Competition Policy in the EU
Latest news on competition policy in the European Union.
Brussels blocked a proposed merger between Deutsche Boerse and the London Stock Exchange Wednesday, saying it would create a de facto monopoly in the markets for clearing fixed income instruments.
The European Commission set out new rules Wednesday to deepen partnership with national competition authorities by enabling them to be more effective enforcers of the EU's antitrust rules.
The EU Commission re-imposed a fine of EUR 776 million on 11 air cargo carriers Friday for operating a price–fixing cartel, re-adopting a decision annulled by the EU's top Court on procedural grounds.
A new tool launched Thursday by the European Commission will make it easier for individuals to blow the whistle about secret cartels and other antitrust violations while maintaining their anonymity.
The 2016 State Aid Scoreboard, published today by the European Commission, shows the benefits of the State Aid Modernisation package taking place. Around 95% of new implemented aid measures fell under the new General Block Exemption Regulation and could be implemented without prior Commission approval.
The provisional deal reached between Russian gas giant Gazprom and the EU Monday will enable the free flow of gas in Central and Eastern Europe at competitive prices, says the Commission.
The EU Commission fined six car suppliers a total of EUR 155m Wednesday for taking part in cartels supplying air conditioning and engine cooling components to manufacturers in Europe.
The EU's top court gave its backing Tuesday to anti-dumping duties imposed by the EU in respect of imports of solar panels and key components originating in and consigned from China.
The EU Commission imposed anti-dumping duties on imports of heavy steel plates from China Tuesday, the latest in an unprecedented number of trade defence measures against unfair steel imports.
The European Commission fined Campine, Eco-Bat Technologies and Recylex a total of EUR 68 million Thursday for fixing prices for purchasing scrap automotive batteries, in breach of EU antitrust rules.
The EU Commission launched three separate investigations Thursday to assess if certain online sales practices prevent consumers from enjoying cross-border choice, in breach of EU antitrust rules.
The European Commission decided Friday to impose definitive anti-dumping measures on two steel products originating in China and Taiwan.
The EU Commission is inviting comments on a number of changes Amazon is making to its e-books contracts, in response to a formal antitrust investigation into Amazon's practices started in 2015.
The European Commission welcomed Thursday an agreement to end all exclusivity obligations concerning audiobook supply and distribution between Amazon's subsidiary Audible and Apple.
Europe's top Court confirmed Wednesday a fine of EUR 82 million imposed jointly and severally on Toshiba and Panasonic for their part in a cartel on the market for tubes for television sets.
The EU Court of Justice confirmed Thursday a European Commission fine of nearly EUR 60 million imposed on the Roullier group for sharing the phosphate market for animal feed for more than 30 years.
Sony, Panasonic and Sanyo received fines of EUR 166 million Tuesday for coordinating prices and exchanging sensitive information on supplies of rechargeable lithium-ion batteries.
European Union states agreed Tuesday on a proposal to modernise the EU's trade defence instruments, with a view to shielding EU producers from damage caused by unfair competition.
Crédit Agricole, HSBC and JPMorgan Chase were fined a total of EUR 485m by the EU Commission Wednesday for their participation in the Euribor cartel in euro interest rate derivatives.