Market Studies and Inquiries

German report recommends EU-wide digital regulation

German report recommends EU-wide digital regulation

10 September 2019

An expert report commissioned by Germany’s economic ministry has suggested EU-wide legislation to regulate dominant online platforms and access to data, alongside establishing a digital markets board within the European Commission.

Romanian enforcer suggests restricting fuel price increases

Romanian enforcer suggests restricting fuel price increases

10 July 2019

In an attempt to prevent parallel pricing tactics, Romania’s competition authority has urged the country’s parliament to ban fuel stations from raising their prices outside of set times.

UK launches new digital strategy and market study

UK launches new digital strategy and market study

04 July 2019

The new digital strategy at the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority includes scaling up its data unit, considering regulation, reviewing whether acquisitions by dominant players require closer scrutiny, and delivering a market study into online platforms and digital advertising.

Portugal joins data and algorithms debate

Portugal joins data and algorithms debate

02 July 2019

Portugal’s Competition Authority has warned that using algorithms to monitor and set prices could give rise to several anticompetitive practices, including discriminatory pricing and tacit collusion.

CMA imposes pension scheme reforms

CMA imposes pension scheme reforms

10 June 2019

The UK’s competition enforcer has issued a legally binding order to help improve competition in the investment consultancy and the fiduciary management markets, following its market inquiry into the sector.

UK report proposes dawn raids in merger control

UK report proposes dawn raids in merger control

04 June 2019

An expert report commissioned by the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has suggested revising merger control rules to combat underenforcement in the digital sector on deals such as Facebook/Instagram and Google/Waze.

Enforcer overreached sector regulator on airport, rules Mexican court

Enforcer overreached sector regulator on airport, rules Mexican court

15 May 2019

Mexico’s antitrust enforcer overstepped its jurisdiction in its first-ever market inquiry by forcing an airport to redistribute unused take-off and landing slots, a court has held.

Spain adds to list of online advertising probes

Spain adds to list of online advertising probes

26 April 2019

Spain’s competition watchdog has become the latest European enforcer to launch a study into the competitiveness of online advertising.

UK enforcer addresses “deep-seated problems” in audit sector

UK enforcer addresses “deep-seated problems” in audit sector

18 April 2019

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has recommended that the Big Four accountancy firms separate their auditing and consulting operations but stopped short of calling for a legal carve-up of their businesses.

Apple probed for abuse based on app store study

Apple probed for abuse based on app store study

11 April 2019

The Netherlands’ competition authority is investigating whether Apple is abusing its dominance through conditions it imposes on software application developers, after a market study found Apple and Google could exploit their positions as both hosts and competitors on their app marketplaces.