Conference Coverage

Mosso: DG Comp will “rethink” state aid rules

Mosso: DG Comp will “rethink” state aid rules

17 September 2019

The European Commission will review and reform state aid rules during the next five-year political mandate, its deputy director-general of state aid has said.

EU and US enforcers look beyond market share to find dominance

13 September 2019

The head of the US Federal Trade Commission and a senior official at the European Commission have said their agencies can find a company has market power even if it does not have most of the market.

France may apply excessive pricing law to non-price conditions

France may apply excessive pricing law to non-price conditions

12 September 2019

The head of France’s Competition Authority has suggested that European law prohibiting excessive prices could be used to enforce against exploitative terms and conditions by digital platforms.

US DOJ: comity has some caveats

US DOJ: comity has some caveats

12 September 2019

Commitment to upholding international standards for antitrust enforcement is an important consideration, but not an absolute legal obligation, the head of the US Department of Justice’s antitrust division has said.

Multihoming could help tackle platform dominance, says DG Comp head

Multihoming could help tackle platform dominance, says DG Comp head

11 September 2019

Cecilio Madero Villarejo has suggested that ensuring users and suppliers can readily use more than one platform at a time might be preferable to breaking up dominant companies.

Coscelli: Effects of big tech buying nascent rivals larger than expected

Coscelli: Effects of big tech buying nascent rivals larger than expected

11 September 2019

It is clear in hindsight that certain nascent competitor acquisitions in the digital sector were not sufficiently challenged by competition enforcers, the chair of the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has said.

FCO officials defend tech decisions

FCO officials defend tech decisions

10 September 2019

The president of Germany’s Federal Cartel Office and the head of the agency’s policy division have backed its Facebook and Booking.com decisions despite court rulings against them.

Mundt: antitrust should not deviate from consumer welfare

Mundt: antitrust should not deviate from consumer welfare

10 September 2019

Despite some industries undergoing big changes to their business platforms in the digital era, the main objective of competition enforcement should remain the same – protecting consumer welfare, said the head of Germany’s antitrust watchdog.

Big tech monopolies can help break other monopolies, says Mexican enforcer

Big tech monopolies can help break other monopolies, says Mexican enforcer

10 September 2019

The head of Mexico’s competition authority has said that while antitrust enforcers need to prevent technology companies from getting too big, their monopolies can be a useful tool to help curb the power of other monopolies.

DG Comp official evaluates reform proposals

DG Comp official evaluates reform proposals

09 September 2019

While the consensus among competition lawyers and economists is that enforcers cannot wait on intervening in fast-moving markets, some changes in enforcement may be difficult to achieve, an official at the European Commission’s directorate-general for competition has said.