Topic: European Commission

Too early for further Article 22 guidance, European Commission official says

A European Commission official has said it is too early to release further guidance on how the agency will apply its new approach to reviewing deals referred from national competition authorities that fall below EU and national notification thresholds.

16 June 2021

EU blocks former bank cartelists from coronavirus bond issuances

The European Commission has banned ten banks – including Barclays and Deutsche Bank – from participating in certain bond sales to fund coronavirus recovery due to their previous cartel involvement.

16 June 2021

DG Comp cannot rely on theory, EU official says

An official at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition has rejected the idea that the agency needs to take more risks in enforcing antitrust rules, arguing that such an approach would be “naive”.

15 June 2021

German antitrust adviser “sceptical” of Digital Markets Act

A European Commission official has defended the EU’s proposed gatekeeper regulation against a German antitrust adviser’s allegations that the new rules are merely an attempt to patch over gaps in competition law enforcement.

15 June 2021

Vestager: Coronavirus had no impact on merger control

The covid-19 pandemic did not change the European Commission’s merger enforcement – despite several companies abandoning their planned tie-ups during Phase II probes, EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager has said.

15 June 2021

Guersent responds to Schwab’s DMA amendments

The European Commission is open to competition authorities and national courts enforcing aspects of the Digital Markets Act, the enforcer’s director-general has said.

11 June 2021

EU Parliament laments pace of Big Tech enforcement

European Parliament has called for the power to summon the heads of Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple for a grilling on how their business practices affect competition.

10 June 2021

DG Comp looking to increase retrospective analysis of cases

The European Commission hopes to do more analysis of its past competition policies, but such studies can be difficult as the outcomes of antitrust decisions are not directly observable, an official at the EU authority has said.

10 June 2021

National enforcers debate their role in DMA enforcement

The EU’s competition authority should commission an expert report on the “institutional and design issues” that need to be addressed before the Digital Markets Act can become law, the head of Greece’s Competition Commission has said.

10 June 2021

EU publishes preliminary results of smart device study

The initial findings of the European Commission’s inquiry into the consumer Internet of Things have revealed concerns about the role of voice assistants as intermediaries between consumers and smart devices.

09 June 2021

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