State Aid

Germany differs from ECJ on state aid

Germany’s Federal Court of Justice ruled yesterday that the discount in fees Ryanair received from Lübeck Blankensee airport did not amount to state aid; unlike the European Court of Justice, the German court held that the European Commission’s opening decisions do not have a binding effect on national courts.

DG Comp state aid chief says uncertainty is the price of state aid

DG Comp refers Spanish state aid to ECJ

DG Comp has no ambitions to be tax police, says state aid head

Wright: DOJ and FTC must stop being equivocal on IP

The American antitrust agencies under the Trump Administration should come together and unequivocally promote the importance of intellectual property rights, former Federal Trade Commission member Joshua Wright said yesterday.

Some conferences before the other conferences: The Tipline for 28 March 2017

As if GCR Live Cartels and the GCR Awards today, followed by the Spring Meeting marathon, were not enough, we were out and about yesterday at two other events. We’ve got stories on Joshua Wright giving some advice to the antitrust agencies on intellectual property, and on former Department of Justice folks’ take on innovation in merger review.

Tax rulings and state aid: the bigger picture

The state aid investigations into EU member states’ tax rulings appear to be breaking new ground, as the union’s antitrust watchdog collaborates with its regulatory counterparts to push through policy reform. Tom Webb examines the investigation and what lies ahead.

DG Comp state aid chief says uncertainty is the price of state aid

Companies may have to face some uncertainty as the price of special tax treatment that “from a state aid point of view had gotten out of control”, the head of state aid at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition said yesterday.

Almunia to stay the course on high fines

Joaquin Almunia, nominee for European competition commissioner, warned cartelists to expect no reprieve from high fines when he takes the helm at DG Comp.


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