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

Brussels outlines more adaptable EU competition policy

Brussels outlines more adaptable EU competition policy

by EUbusiness — 23 November 2021, 18:35 CET

The EU Commission adopted a Communication Thursday on a competition policy fit for new challenges, framing the key role of competition policy for Europe's path towards a 'green' recovery.

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EU Court confirms Google EUR 2.42 bn antitrust fine

EU Court confirms Google EUR 2.42 bn antitrust fine

by EUbusiness — 14 November 2021, 16:07 CET

The EU's General Court upheld Wednesday the EUR 2.42bn fine imposed on Google by the Commission in 2017 for abusing its market dominance to favour its own comparison shopping service.

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EU opens probe into Facebook's acquisition of Kustomer

EU opens probe into Facebook's acquisition of Kustomer

by EUbusiness — 09 August 2021, 19:22 CET

The Commission announced Tuesday it was opening an in-depth investigation into whether Facebook's proposed acquisition of Kustomer would distort competition under the EU Merger Regulation.

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Commission acts against 12 EU states over unfair trading practices

Commission acts against 12 EU states over unfair trading practices

by EUbusiness — 05 August 2021, 22:08 CET

The European Commission opened infringement procedures Tuesday against 12 Member States for failing to transpose EU rules banning unfair trading practices in the agri-food sector.

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EU fines Daimler, VW EUR 875m for colluding on emissions cleaning

EU fines Daimler, VW EUR 875m for colluding on emissions cleaning

by EUbusiness — 14 July 2021, 17:55 CET

Daimler, BMW and Volkswagen group breached EU antitrust rules by colluding on technical development in the area of nitrogen oxide cleaning, the European Commission found Thursday.

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Google faces EU probe into 'anti-competitive' adtech

Google faces EU probe into 'anti-competitive' adtech

by EUbusiness — 22 June 2021, 18:34 CET

The EU Commission opened a formal antitrust probe Tuesday into whether Google violated EU competition rules by favouring its own online display advertising technology services in the 'ad tech' supply chain.

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June 2021 infringements package: key decisions

In its regular package of infringement decisions, the European Commission pursues legal action against EU Member States for failing to comply with their obligations under EU law. These decisions, covering various sectors and EU policy areas, aim to ensure the proper application of EU law for the benefit of citizens and businesses.

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EUR 371m fine for investment banks cartel

EUR 371m fine for investment banks cartel

by EUbusiness — 20 May 2021, 18:31 CET

Seven investment banks were found Thursday to have breached EU antitrust rules through participation of traders in a cartel in the primary and secondary market for European Government Bonds.

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Apple music streaming app breaches competition rules, says EU

Apple music streaming app breaches competition rules, says EU

by EUbusiness — 06 May 2021, 00:39 CET

Apple's App Store has abusesd its dominant position for the distribution of music streaming apps by distorting competition in the music market, the EU Commission said Friday in a preliminary finding.

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European rail companies fined EUR 48m for customer allocation cartel

European rail companies fined EUR 48m for customer allocation cartel

by EUbusiness — 21 April 2021, 00:13 CET

The European Commission fined Austrian, Belgian and German railway companies a total of EUR 48 million Tuesday for breaching EU antitrust rules by taking part in a customer allocation cartel.

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Brussels adopts greener state aid guidelines for EU regions

Brussels adopts greener state aid guidelines for EU regions

by EUbusiness — 19 April 2021, 23:37 CET

The Commission revised its regional state aid guidelines Monday, setting out the rules under which EU states can grant aid to companies to support economic development in disadvantaged regions.

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EU okays EUR 2.9 bn battery innovation project

EU okays EUR 2.9 bn battery innovation project

by EUbusiness — 29 January 2021, 00:54 CET

The Commission gave its approval under EU state aid rules Wednesday to a second Important Project of Common European Interest to support research and innovation in the battery value chain.

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EU fines Steam gaming platform for 'geo-blocking'

EU fines Steam gaming platform for 'geo-blocking'

by EUbusiness — 26 January 2021, 21:46 CET

The EU Commission has fined Valve, owner of online PC gaming platform 'Steam', with publishers Bandai Namco, Capcom, Focus Home, Koch Media and ZeniMax EUR 7.8m for breaching antitrust rules.

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Amazon charged with breaching EU antitrust rules

Amazon charged with breaching EU antitrust rules

by EUbusiness — 11 November 2020, 23:46 CET

The European Commission informed Amazon Tuesday of its preliminary view that the American e-commerce giant has breached EU antitrust rules by distorting competition in online retail markets.

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Brussels settles antitrust chips dispute with Broadcom

Brussels settles antitrust chips dispute with Broadcom

by EUbusiness — 13 October 2020, 17:07 CET

The EU Commission accepted commitments by Broadcom Wednesday to suspend exclusivity agreements and/or leveraging provisions for Systems-on-a-Chip used in TV set-top boxes and Internet modems.

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EU fines car parts cartel EUR 18m

EU fines car parts cartel EUR 18m

by EUbusiness — 30 September 2020, 21:42 CET

The Commission fined car parts suppliers Brose and Kiekert a total of EUR 18 million Tuesday for taking part in two cartels concerning supplies of closure systems for cars in the European Economic Area.

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Brussels to appeal Apple tax state aid case in Ireland

Brussels to appeal Apple tax state aid case in Ireland

by EUbusiness — 29 September 2020, 14:25 CET

The EU Commission decided Friday to appeal a European Court of Justice judgement which annulled a 2016 EC decision finding that Ireland granted illegal State aid to Apple through selective tax breaks.

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Google's proposed Fitbit buy under full EU investigation

Google's proposed Fitbit buy under full EU investigation

by EUbusiness — 11 August 2020, 00:11 CET

The EU Commission opened Tuesday an in-depth investigation to assess the proposed acquisition of Fitbit by Google over the amount of data Google could use for personalisation of the ads it serves.

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EU complies with WTO Airbus rulings, wants US tariffs lifted

EU complies with WTO Airbus rulings, wants US tariffs lifted

by EUbusiness — 29 July 2020, 13:44 CET

The governments of France and Spain agreed with Airbus Friday to modify the terms of a 'repayable launch investment' granted by them for development of the A350 aircraft to reflect market conditions.

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Restrict aid to companies with links to tax havens, says Brussels

Restrict aid to companies with links to tax havens, says Brussels

by EUbusiness — 15 July 2020, 18:02 CET

The European Commission recommended Tuesday that EU Member States do not grant financial support to companies with links to countries that are on the EU's list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions.

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