Market Studies and Inquiries

Germany studies e-mobility charging sector

Germany studies e-mobility charging sector

09 July 2020

Germany’s antitrust enforcer is examining the market for electric vehicle charging stations ahead of a government plan to dramatically boost the sector.

EU receives mixed reviews on gatekeeper regulation

EU receives mixed reviews on gatekeeper regulation

08 July 2020

Google and Facebook have recommended that the European Commission adopt a case-by-case approach when intervening in digital markets, while companies including Microsoft and Yelp have argued for a blanket ban on certain conduct.

EU’s proposed market investigations tool attracts hesitant support

EU’s proposed market investigations tool attracts hesitant support

06 July 2020

Several major platforms, trade groups and governments have cautioned the European Commission not to adopt new market investigation powers without first properly assessing the need for such a wide-ranging and influential tool.

CMA proposes regulatory reform to combat big tech

CMA proposes regulatory reform to combat big tech

01 July 2020

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has called for a new regime to regulate the online economy, after its digital advertising study found the market power of Google and Facebook is causing substantial harm to “society as a whole”.

Norway looks to open up competition in grocery sector

Norway looks to open up competition in grocery sector

22 June 2020

Norway’s government could introduce a competition test to increase access to food retail space, as the country continues its focus on competition in the grocery market.

EU lawmakers support competition policy reform

EU lawmakers support competition policy reform

19 June 2020

The European Parliament has passed a resolution advising the European Commission to adapt its competition enforcement tools and step up international cooperation, while calling for greater protection of industrial champions.

Market investigations would give EU a “powerful tool”, lawyers say

Market investigations would give EU a “powerful tool”, lawyers say

28 May 2020

Lawyers have said potential new market investigation powers would significantly increase the European Commission’s enforcement capabilities, as the agency confirmed it will propose an “ex ante competition tool” at the end of this year.

France examines blockchain and cloud storage in fintech inquiry

France examines blockchain and cloud storage in fintech inquiry

20 May 2020

France’s Competition Authority is studying the competitive effects of new payment systems like Apple Pay and Google Pay on the financial services market.

EU set to examine digital gatekeepers

EU set to examine digital gatekeepers

11 May 2020

The European Commission is seeking experts to conduct a five-month study into the gatekeeping power of digital platforms.

JFTC concerned about interbank fees

JFTC concerned about interbank fees

23 April 2020

Japan’s competition watchdog has urged banks to review their interbank transfer fees, which have remained unchanged for over 40 years.