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ACCC warns region will experience gas shortfall unless competition is boosted

Improving access to storage facilities and transport pipelines will improve competition in Australia’s east coast gas market and prevent the region from experiencing a shortfall by 2027, a commissioner at the country’s competition watchdog has said.

21 March 2023

Vestager: more state aid tax probes incoming

The European Commission plans to launch new investigations into apparently unfair tax deals between member states and powerful companies, despite recent court rulings going against the enforcer, Margrethe Vestager has said.

20 March 2023

Ofcom chief economist wary of remedies in telecoms deals

The UK’s communications regulator will need to see a “real demonstration” that access remedies in telecoms mergers will be a “different story” than in the past because they have not previously worked well, the agency’s chief economist has said.

10 March 2023

“Blood will be spilt” over DMA’s compatibility with Germany’s Section 19A, lawyer says

Lawyers have warned that overlaps between the EU’s Digital Markets Act and Germany’s enhanced competition rules for digital gatekeepers will likely need to be resolved by the European Court of Justice.

10 March 2023

Whish set to return to GCR Live: Law Leaders Europe

GCR Live’s Law Leaders Europe conference in Brussels this June will focus on the increasingly fragmented enforcement regimes across the continent, with King’s College London emeritus professor Richard Whish once again presenting his sparkling review of the past year.

10 March 2023

DMU legislation unlikely until after 2024, says Coscelli

Legislation to beef up the UK’s digital competition regime is unlikely to be passed by the end of next year’s Parliamentary session, the former head of the country’s antitrust enforcer has said.

09 March 2023

US FTC official urges caution on intersection of antitrust and privacy

The “incremental gain” from resolving competition concerns in matters that involve the use of data could be outweighed by the loss of privacy, an official at the US Federal Trade Commission has said.

09 March 2023

Guersent: Relaxing competition rules “not the answer” for more telecoms investment

The director-general of the EU’s competition authority has rejected calls from telecommunications companies to more easily allow concentration in the sector, warning that mergers between operators in the same country “merit careful scrutiny”.

09 March 2023

Kanter: DOJ hiring more data scientists

Antitrust enforcers must continue integrating data experts into their investigative teams to prepare more sophisticated cases against the technology industry, the head of the Department of Justice’s antitrust division has said.

07 March 2023

EU in “unchartered territory” with new foreign subsidy law, Vestager says

The EU’s competition commissioner has said “there may be a hiccup or two” in the implementation of the bloc’s new foreign subsidies regulation, stating certain aspects of the new law place the agency in “unchartered territory”.

06 March 2023

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