Conference Coverage

Steenbergen sceptical of interim measures in online markets

12 June 2018

The head of Belgium’s Competition Authority has said that interim relief is better suited to solving harm in traditional markets and may not provide the answer to competition concerns in the digital economy.

Data investment could be deterred by enforcement

Data investment could be deterred by enforcement

07 June 2018

The second-highest official at the US Department of Justice’s antitrust division has said that investment in data collection could be chilled by obligations to share the data, but a lawyer for Google complainants has scoffed at the concern.

Innovation analysis lacks reliable presumptions, says US DOJ deputy

Innovation analysis lacks reliable presumptions, says US DOJ deputy

07 June 2018

The principal deputy assistant attorney general at the US Department of Justice’s antitrust division has identified a lack of good presumptions on which to rely when analysing and measuring innovation in merger reviews.

Whish and Csiszár to deliver keynotes at GCR Live Brussels

Whish and Csiszár to deliver keynotes at GCR Live Brussels

04 June 2018

Renowned antitrust scholar Richard Whish QC and Paul Csiszár, a director at DG Comp, will give keynote speeches next month at GCR Live’s 10th Annual Brussels Conference: The Bigger Picture.

US DOJ focused on harm to competitive process, not prices, in IP

US DOJ focused on harm to competitive process, not prices, in IP

25 May 2018

The ability of standard-essential patent-holders to extract higher royalties when they breach promises to license on fair terms is not necessarily a harm to competition, even if it leads to higher prices for consumers, a counsel to the head of the US Department of Justice’s antitrust division has said.

We must encourage private enforcement, says Italian official

24 May 2018

National authorities should not be “frightened” of private enforcement, and the Italian enforcer must increase customers’ awareness of damages actions, an official at the enforcer has said.

Competition enforcers can drive innovation, says head of Italian agency

24 May 2018

Antitrust authorities must be “strong and courageous” and not allow under-enforcement to damage innovation, the chairman of Italy’s competition enforcer has said.

Mundt: Facebook data is an antitrust issue

Mundt: Facebook data is an antitrust issue

23 May 2018

If Facebook’s terms and conditions on data access are not in line with data protection and privacy rules, that should be an issue for competition agencies to deal with, the head of Germany’s Federal Cartel Office has said.

Mundt calls for internet regulation

Mundt calls for internet regulation

22 May 2018

Regulatory change is “desperately needed” for a level playing field between online and offline markets, the head of Germany’s Federal Cartel office has said.

DG Comp chief economist expects “more intervention” for multi-sided platforms

DG Comp chief economist expects “more intervention” for multi-sided platforms

22 May 2018

The European Commission’s chief competition economist has said that two-sided platforms have a “fundamental problem” of economics, and there is no reason to enforce less on them – if anything, he expects “more intervention”.