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Ukraine votes to oust competition head

Ukraine votes to oust competition head

07 July 2020

Ukraine’s parliament has voted to remove the leader of its competition authority, despite the chair reportedly trying to withdraw his earlier letter of resignation.

Nigeria opens excessive-pricing investigation

Nigeria opens excessive-pricing investigation

07 July 2020

Nigeria’s Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission has opened an excessive-pricing investigation into the flour market, responding to concerns from a bakery association.

Colombia fines football ticket cartel

Colombia fines football ticket cartel

07 July 2020

Colombia’s antitrust enforcer has fined the country’s football federation and two ticket retailers over €4 million for a conspiracy that inflated the price of tickets by up to 350% for FIFA World Cup qualifying events.

Qantas accused of predatory conduct despite covid-19 relief

Qantas accused of predatory conduct despite covid-19 relief

07 July 2020

A regional Australian airline has accused flagship carrier Qantas of flooding the route from Sydney to the nearby city of Orange with commercially unsustainable seat capacity to weaken competition.

Guersent and Régibeau to join GCR Live Big Brussels

Guersent and Régibeau to join GCR Live Big Brussels

07 July 2020

The director general and the chief economist of the EU’s antitrust enforcer are set to speak at GCR’s 12th annual Big Brussels conference in September, alongside officials from agencies in the US and UK.

Mundt raises concerns over data access remedies

Mundt raises concerns over data access remedies

06 July 2020

Requiring big technology companies to hand over or share data to remedy anticompetitive conduct could be hard to implement, the head of Germany’s antitrust enforcer has said.

Denmark refers accountant platform to prosecutor

Denmark refers accountant platform to prosecutor

06 July 2020

Denmark’s competition watchdog has accused an accounting services platform of breaching rules on anticompetitive agreements by pressuring its users to raise prices, but counsel to the company says the decision relies on a novel theory of harm that stretches the law.

Portugal challenges more hub-and-spoke agreements

Portugal challenges more hub-and-spoke agreements

06 July 2020

The Portuguese Competition Authority has accused six supermarket groups and a couple of drinks suppliers of fixing prices through two hub-and-spoke conspiracies, as the agency continues its wide-ranging probe into the food retail market.

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.

Indonesia fines Grab for preferencing

Indonesia fines Grab for preferencing

06 July 2020

Indonesia’s competition authority has fined ride-hailing company Grab for illegally discriminating against certain drivers by giving priority to those from its local business partner.