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

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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EU fines car lighting systems cartel EUR 27m

EU fines car lighting systems cartel EUR 27m

by EUbusiness — 21 June 2017, 23:11 CET

The European Commission fined Automotive Lighting and Hella a total of EUR 27 million Wednesday for participating in a cartel concerning the supply of vehicle lighting systems in the European Economic Area.

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EU gives conditional approval to Nordic Capital buy of Intrum Justitia

by EUbusiness — 13 June 2017, 22:51 CET

The EU Commission approved Tuesday the acquisition of Intrum Justitia by Nordic Capital, conditional on the divestment of overlapping debt collection and debt purchasing activities.

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EU imposes import duties to counter Chinese subsidies on steel

EU imposes import duties to counter Chinese subsidies on steel

by EUbusiness — 12 June 2017, 15:46 CET

The EU Commission has imposed definitive anti-subsidy duties of up to 35.9 per cent on Chinese hot-rolled flat steel used in shipbuilding, gas containers, pressure vessels, tubes and energy pipelines.

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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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