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25 February 2014, 18:44 CET
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Latest news on competition policy in the European Union.

Facebook fined for misleading EU over WhatsApp

Facebook fined for misleading EU over WhatsApp

by EUbusiness — 18 May 2017, 22:31 CET

The European Commission fined Facebook EUR 110m Thursday for providing misleading information during the Commission's 2014 investigation of Facebook's acquisition of WhatsApp.

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Widening scope of General Block Exemption Regulation

The European Commission widened the scope of the General Block Exemption Regulation on 17 May 2017. The new rules exempt, for the first time, support measures for ports and airports and give Member States more flexibility to support culture, multi-functional sports arenas and businesses in the EU's outermost regions, without having to seek prior Commission approval.

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Brussels relaxes state aid rules for regional airports

Brussels relaxes state aid rules for regional airports

by EUbusiness — 17 May 2017, 22:44 CET

The EU Commission approved Wednesday new state aid rules that exempt certain public support measures for ports, airports, culture and outermost EU regions from prior Commission scrutiny.

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EU antitrust investigations to target e-commerce sites

EU antitrust investigations to target e-commerce sites

by EUbusiness — 10 May 2017, 15:47 CET

EU competition authorities are looking to target their enforcement of EU antitrust rules at e-commerce markets, following publication of the Commission's final report on the e-commerce sector inquiry.

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EU Court of Justice rejects banana cartel appeal

EU Court of Justice rejects banana cartel appeal

by EUbusiness — 27 April 2017, 23:19 CET

The European Court of Justice confirmed Thursday that in proving a cartel the Commission can rely on and use as evidence documents from national authorities other than competition authorities.

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EU clears Rolls-Royce acquisition of ITP, subject to conditions

EU clears Rolls-Royce acquisition of ITP, subject to conditions

by EUbusiness — 19 April 2017, 23:08 CET

The EU Commission cleared Rolls-Royce's proposed acquisition of Spanish aircraft engine components maker ITP Wednesday, so long as it eliminates a conflict of interest concerning the EPI engine consortium.

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EU approves Fox takeover of Sky under Merger Regulation

EU approves Fox takeover of Sky under Merger Regulation

by EUbusiness — 10 April 2017, 17:29 CET

The EU Commission has given its unconditional approval under the EU Merger Regulation of the proposed acquisition of Sky by U.S. media giant Twenty-First Century Fox.

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Online hotel booking under EU scrutiny

Online hotel booking under EU scrutiny

by EUbusiness — 07 April 2017, 00:18 CET

The European Commission and ten national competition authorities published a report on competition in the online hotel booking sector Thursday, highlighting the impact of antitrust enforcement measures.

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Brussels raises import tariffs on China steel

Brussels raises import tariffs on China steel

by EUbusiness — 07 April 2017, 00:19 CET

The EU Commission imposed anti-dumping duties on imports of hot-rolled flat steel products from China Thursday, fixing at higher duties than provisional measures in place since October.

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EU probes RBS alternative to Williams & Glyn sale

EU probes RBS alternative to Williams & Glyn sale

by EUbusiness — 04 April 2017, 22:47 CET

The EU Commission is to investigate an alternative proposal from the UK to the Royal Bank of Scotland's commitment to sell Williams & Glyn as part of its restructuring plan.

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Deutsche Boerse - London Stock Exchange merger blocked by EU

Deutsche Boerse - London Stock Exchange merger blocked by EU

by EUbusiness — 30 March 2017, 23:18 CET

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.

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EU looks to boost power of national competition authorities

EU looks to boost power of national competition authorities

by EUbusiness — 22 March 2017, 22:32 CET

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.

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EU re-imposes EUR 776m fines on air cargo cartel

EU re-imposes EUR 776m fines on air cargo cartel

by EUbusiness — 21 March 2017, 16:55 CET

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.

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New whistleblower tool to help EU fight cartels

New whistleblower tool to help EU fight cartels

by EUbusiness — 17 March 2017, 00:19 CET

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.

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2016 State Aid Scoreboard

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.

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Gazprom reaches provisional gas deal with EU

Gazprom reaches provisional gas deal with EU

by EUbusiness — 13 March 2017, 23:33 CET

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.

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Brussels fines six car suppliers EUR 155m over cartels

Brussels fines six car suppliers EUR 155m over cartels

by EUbusiness — 09 March 2017, 12:51 CET

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.

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Court backs EU anti-dumping measures against Chinese solar panels

Court backs EU anti-dumping measures against Chinese solar panels

by EUbusiness — 28 February 2017, 18:41 CET

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.

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EU imposes new anti-dumping duties on Chinese steel

EU imposes new anti-dumping duties on Chinese steel

by EUbusiness — 01 March 2017, 15:26 CET

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.

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