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

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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Brussels fines car battery recycling cartel EUR 68m

Brussels fines car battery recycling cartel EUR 68m

by EUbusiness — 09 February 2017, 23:55 CET

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.

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Brussels opens probe into geo-blocking in online sales

Brussels opens probe into geo-blocking in online sales

by EUbusiness — 06 February 2017, 23:59 CET

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.

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EU imposes new import duties on Chinese steel

EU imposes new import duties on Chinese steel

by EUbusiness — 27 January 2017, 17:24 CET

The European Commission decided Friday to impose definitive anti-dumping measures on two steel products originating in China and Taiwan.

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EU antitrust concerns prompt changes to Amazon e-books contracts

EU antitrust concerns prompt changes to Amazon e-books contracts

by EUbusiness — 26 January 2017, 14:22 CET

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.

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Brussels hails Amazon, Apple audiobooks deal

Brussels hails Amazon, Apple audiobooks deal

by EUbusiness — 22 January 2017, 23:58 CET

The European Commission welcomed Thursday an agreement to end all exclusivity obligations concerning audiobook supply and distribution between Amazon's subsidiary Audible and Apple.

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Court confirms Toshiba, Panasonic fine for cathode ray tubes cartel

Court confirms Toshiba, Panasonic fine for cathode ray tubes cartel

by EUbusiness — 19 January 2017, 13:51 CET

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.

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EU Court confirms EUR 60m phosphates cartel fine

EU Court confirms EUR 60m phosphates cartel fine

by EUbusiness — 12 January 2017, 22:20 CET

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.

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Battery makers fined EUR 166m for cartel

Battery makers fined EUR 166m for cartel

by EUbusiness — 14 December 2016, 00:25 CET

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.

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EU strengthens its defence against unfair trading

EU strengthens its defence against unfair trading

by EUbusiness — 13 December 2016, 23:05 CET

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.

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HSBC, JP Morgan, Crédit Agricole fined EUR 485m for rate rigging

HSBC, JP Morgan, Crédit Agricole fined EUR 485m for rate rigging

by EUbusiness — 07 December 2016, 23:04 CET

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.

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EU clears Microsoft buy of LinkedIn

by EUbusiness — 06 December 2016, 23:29 CET

The EU Commission approved the acquisition of LinkedIn by Microsoft Tuesday, subject to conditions aimed at preserving competition between professional social networks in Europe.

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