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

EU slaps anti-dumping duties on Chinese corrosion resistant steel

EU slaps anti-dumping duties on Chinese corrosion resistant steel

by EUbusiness — 08 February 2018, 18:30 CET

The EU Commission imposed definitive anti-dumping duties on corrosion resistant steel from China Thursday, after a probe confirmed that Chinese producers were dumping the product on the EU market.

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EU approval of six electricity capacity mechanisms to ensure security of supply

The European Commission approved on 7 February under EU State aid rules electricity capacity mechanisms in Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy and Poland. The Commission found that the measures will contribute to ensuring security of supply whilst preserving competition in the Single Market.

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Electricity backup systems given EC green light

Electricity backup systems given EC green light

by EUbusiness — 08 February 2018, 14:33 CET

The European Commission approved Wednesday under EU State aid rules six electricity capacity mechanisms in Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy and Poland, to safeguard security of electricity supply.

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EU Court upholds air freight forwarding cartel fines

EU Court upholds air freight forwarding cartel fines

by EUbusiness — 02 February 2018, 00:41 CET

The European Court of Justice upheld Thursday fines imposed by the Commission on a number of companies for their participation in cartels in the international air freight forwarding services sector.

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Qualcomm hit with EUR 997 m EU fine for Apple deals

Qualcomm hit with EUR 997 m EU fine for Apple deals

by EUbusiness — 25 January 2018, 23:00 CET

Brussels fined Qualcomm EUR 997m Wednesday for abusing its market dominance in LTE baseband chipsets, paying billions of US dollars to a key customer, Apple, so that it would not buy from rivals.

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Roche and Novartis lose Avastin case at EU Court

Roche and Novartis lose Avastin case at EU Court

by EUbusiness — 23 January 2018, 23:13 CET

An agreement between pharma giants Roche and Novartis to reduce use of Avastin in ophthalmology and increase use of Lucentis could constitute restriction of competition, the EU Court ruled Tuesday.

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2017 State Aid Scoreboard

The 2017 State Aid Scoreboard, published on 16 January by the European Commission, showed that over 97% of new implemented aid measures fell under the new General Block Exemption Regulation and could be quickly implemented by EU Member States to the benefit of citizens, businesses and regions, avoiding bureaucracy, red tape and delays.

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EDF must repay EUR 1.37 bn state aid: EU Court

EDF must repay EUR 1.37 bn state aid: EU Court

by EUbusiness — 16 January 2018, 23:47 CET

The EU Court of Justice upheld Tuesday a decision by the European Commission which ordered France to recover EUR 1.37 billion in the context of state aid granted to French energy giant EDF.

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Brussels opens probe into IKEA's tax affairs

Brussels opens probe into IKEA's tax affairs

by EUbusiness — 20 December 2017, 12:06 CET

The EU Commission opened an in-depth investigation Monday into the Netherlands' tax treatment of Inter IKEA, one of the two groups operating the IKEA business, the world's largest furniture retailer.

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EU welcomes G20 forum deal on steel over-capacity

EU welcomes G20 forum deal on steel over-capacity

by EUbusiness — 05 December 2017, 18:08 CET

The European Commission welcomed Friday the agreement by the G20's Global Forum to wide-ranging policy solutions to tackle global steel over-capacity, to be implemented in 2018 and 2019.

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EU probes Spain's support for coal power plants

EU probes Spain's support for coal power plants

by EUbusiness — 28 November 2017, 17:43 CET

The European Commission opened an in-depth investigation Monday into whether Spain's environmental incentive for coal power plants - to meet EU mandatory environmental standards - is in line with EU State aid rules.

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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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