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25 February 2014, 17:44 CET
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Latest news on competition policy in the European Union.

EU imposes fines of EUR 34m on seatbelt, airbag cartel

EU imposes fines of EUR 34m on seatbelt, airbag cartel

by EUbusiness — 22 November 2017, 18:36 CET

The EU Commission imposed fines of EUR 34 million Wednesday on five car safety equipment suppliers to Japanese car manufacturers in the European Economic Area for breaching EU antitrust rules.

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EU-China look to cooperate on state aid

EU-China look to cooperate on state aid

by EUbusiness — 16 November 2017, 23:08 CET

The EU Commission and China reaffirmed the importance of cooperation on competition policy for good economic relations Thursday, at a meeting forming part of a new dialogue between the EU and China.

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Brussels to probe UK tax scheme for multinationals

Brussels to probe UK tax scheme for multinationals

by EUbusiness — 29 October 2017, 23:52 CET

The EU Commission opened an in-depth probe Thursday into a UK scheme that exempts certain transactions by multinational groups from the application of UK rules targeting tax avoidance.

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Expert comment on Amazon being ordered to pay back taxes by the EU

Expert comment on Amazon being ordered to pay back taxes by the EU from Louise Gracia, of Warwick Business School, who researches tax regulation.

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Brussels takes legal action against Ireland over Apple taxes

Brussels takes legal action against Ireland over Apple taxes

by EUbusiness — 04 October 2017, 23:34 CET

The EU Commission has decided to refer Ireland to the European Court of Justice for failing to recover from Apple illegal State aid worth up to EUR 13 billion, as required by an earlier Commission decision.

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Amazon has to repay EUR 250m in tax benefits, says EU

Amazon has to repay EUR 250m in tax benefits, says EU

by EUbusiness — 04 October 2017, 22:58 CET

Luxembourg has to recover some EUR 250m of tax benefits granted to Amazon, the EU ruled Wednesday, deemed illegal under EU rules, which allowed the firm to pay markedly less tax than other companies.

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Amazon's tax structure in Europe

The European Commission concluded on 4 October 2017 that Luxembourg granted undue tax benefits to Amazon of around €250 million. This is illegal under EU State aid rules because it allowed Amazon to pay substantially less tax than other businesses. Luxembourg must now recover the illegal aid.

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EU fines VW's Scania EUR 880m for trucks cartel

EU fines VW's Scania EUR 880m for trucks cartel

by EUbusiness — 28 September 2017, 18:01 CET

The EU Commission fined Scania EUR 880 million Wednesday for breaking EU antitrust rules by taking part in a truck pricing cartel and passing on new technologies costs to meet stricter emission rules.

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State aid: EU approves alternative RBS plan

State aid: EU approves alternative RBS plan

by EUbusiness — 19 September 2017, 00:06 CET

The EU Commission approved Monday under EU State aid rules the alternative package proposed by UK authorities to replace the commitment for Royal Bank of Scotland to divest Williams & Glyn.

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Expert comment on Google appealing its £2.2bn EU fine

Zhewei Zhang, of Warwick Business School, Assistant Professor of Information Systems and researches digital innovation and design, comments on Google appealing its £2.2bn EU fine.

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EU Court orders review of EUR 1.06 bn fine on Intel

EU Court orders review of EUR 1.06 bn fine on Intel

by EUbusiness — 07 September 2017, 23:31 CET

The EU's top Court sent back for review Wednesday a previous General Court ruling which upheld a fine of EUR 1.06 billion imposed on Intel in 2009 by the Commission for abuse of a dominant position.

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Brussels approves German rescue aid to Air Berlin

Brussels approves German rescue aid to Air Berlin

by EUbusiness — 05 September 2017, 00:26 CET

The EU Commission endorsed Monday under state aid rules Germany's plans to grant Air Berlin a temporary EUR 150m bridging loan to allow for the orderly wind-down of the insolvent airline.

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EU launches in-depth probe into Monsanto Bayer merger

EU launches in-depth probe into Monsanto Bayer merger

by EUbusiness — 29 August 2017, 00:26 CET

The EU has opened an in-depth probe into Bayer's proposed acquisition of Monsanto over concerns that the merger may reduce competition in pesticides, seeds and traits.

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Brussels okays German state aid for high speed internet

Brussels okays German state aid for high speed internet

by EUbusiness — 14 August 2017, 22:32 CET

The EU Commission has endorsed under EU state aid rules three German virtual access products that will allow the use of so-called vectoring technology in state-funded high-speed broadband networks.

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Brussels objects to VISA inter-regional fees

Brussels objects to VISA inter-regional fees

by EUbusiness — 04 August 2017, 23:59 CET

The European Commission sent a supplementary Statement of Objections to Visa Inc. and Visa International Thursday, focusing on inter-regional fees on transactions with consumer debit cards.

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Belgian airlines aid broke state aid rules, says EU

Belgian airlines aid broke state aid rules, says EU

by EUbusiness — 18 July 2017, 22:42 CET

Public support granted by Belgium to three airlines flying from Brussels airport gave them an unfair advantage over other airlines, in breach of EU state aid rules, the EU Commission concluded Tuesday.

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Merck, GE and Canon in EU dock over merger rules

Merck, GE and Canon in EU dock over merger rules

by EUbusiness — 06 July 2017, 22:28 CET

The European Commission sent three separate Statements of Objections to Merck and Sigma-Aldrich, General Electric and Canon Thursday alleging they breached EU merger rules.

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Brussels approves Peugeot acquisition of Opel

Brussels approves Peugeot acquisition of Opel

by EUbusiness — 06 July 2017, 12:35 CET

The European Commission gave its unconditional approval to the acquisition of Opel by Peugeot Wednesday, concluding that the transaction raised no competition concerns in the relevant markets.

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Antitrust: Google's record EUR 2.4 bn fine

The European Commission fined Google EUR 2.42 billion on 27 June 2017 for breaching EU antitrust rules. Google, it said, had abused its market dominance as a search engine by giving an illegal advantage to another Google product, its comparison shopping service.

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Google fined EUR 2.4 bn for breaching EU antitrust rules

Google fined EUR 2.4 bn for breaching EU antitrust rules

by EUbusiness — 28 June 2017, 18:13 CET

The European Commission fined Google EUR 2.42 billion Tuesday for giving an illegal advantage to the U.S. search giant's own comparison shopping service, thus breaching EU antitrust rules.

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