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Global antitrust guidelines needed to foster sustainability agreements, in-house counsel say

Competition authorities should come together to issue common guidelines on sustainability agreements before businesses can be “comfortable” collaborating with each other on these initiatives, in-house antitrust lawyers at British Airways and Shell have said.

28 February 2022

Preserving competitive markets contributes to green transition, DG Comp economist says

One of the European Commission’s top competition economists has said that competition policy is already making an important contribution to the bloc’s Green Deal initiatives by preserving efficient markets.

23 February 2022

Sustainability concerns must not steer merger challenges, Mundt says

It is crucial that the ongoing debate about the role of competition law in fostering environmental initiatives doesn’t grow “bigger” to consider stopping mergers that raise sustainability concerns, the head of Germany’s Federal Cartel Office has said.

23 February 2022

Digital markets regulation long overdue, Valletti says

Trying to “inject competition” into digital markets is long overdue considering there is no evidence to suggest the markets will self-regulate in time, the European Commission’s former chief competition economist has said.

23 February 2022

Tickets still available for GCR Live: Telecoms, Media & Technology

The European Commission’s chief economist will deliver the keynote address at GCR Live: Telecoms, Media & Technology next month in London.

04 February 2022

Global enforcers caution against premature blockchain regulation

Enforcers in the Netherlands and the US have cautioned against proposing blockchain regulation based on theoretical harms, as the digital economy continues to capture the attention of global antitrust authorities.

03 February 2022

Vestager unwilling to consider out-of-market sustainability benefits

EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager has said she is “not ready” to adopt the view that wider sustainability-related benefits to a broad range of consumers can excuse harm to those within the specific market where anticompetitive conduct takes place.

03 February 2022

CMA official: digital markets don’t compel rethink on behavioural remedies

Complex digital markets don’t justify a softening of the broad consensus that strongly favours structural remedies in merger control, despite the European Commission accepting high-profile behavioural remedies in the Facebook/Kustomer and Google/Fitbit deals, a senior official at the UK’s competition watchdog has said.

28 January 2022

GCR to host second sustainability conference

The head of Germany’s antitrust authority will speak at GCR Connect: Sustainability and Cooperation next month, where he will be joined by senior executives from enforcers in the UK and the EU.

20 January 2022

Climate change is a national security issue for foreign investment reviews, US official says

The global race to meet climate change targets will collide with foreign investment screening regimes as companies and governments rush to access and protect necessary emerging technologies, a US government official has warned.

08 December 2021

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