Topic: Legislation and guidance

EU enforcers dispute role of antitrust in achieving green goals

Officials from several European antitrust agencies have clashed over whether – and to what extent – competition policy should help foster sustainable development and green initiatives.

28 September 2020

Exclusive: An interview with John Penrose

The UK government announced on 14 September that John Penrose MP will lead a review of the country’s competition policy, as it prepares to leave the European Union and tackle the economic shock brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. Penrose spoke to Emily Craig about updating the UK’s “analogue era” competition rules, whether the report will recommend changes to the consumer welfare standard and how to address the challenges of the digital economy.

25 September 2020

Namibia outlines new competition regime

Namibia’s Competition Commission has extended a public consultation on a suite of proposed antitrust law reforms, including an overhaul of the country's enforcer and merger control regime.

24 September 2020

EU to review how competition rules can boost green objectives

The European Commission has said it will begin consulting on how competition rules can compliment sustainability, as it also considers adding clarity to its horizontal agreements guidance and issuing comfort letters to companies.

22 September 2020

Not all digital businesses should be treated the same, Booking.com lawyer says

Proposed new EU rules to regulate digital platforms must ensure that distinct business models in the online economy are differentiated, the chief legal officer at Booking.com has said.

21 September 2020

Greek enforcer adds voice to sustainability push

Greece’s Competition Commission has promised to draft new guidelines to encourage sustainability-driven cooperation agreements, while also assessing pro-environmental benefits to consumers as a non-price factor during antitrust probes and merger reviews.

17 September 2020

Philippine Supreme Court voids anticompetitive construction regulation

A Philippine court has struck down a regulation that gave local contractors a significant competitive advantage over foreign companies for construction activities, prompting praise from the country’s competition watchdog.

15 September 2020

EU and US enforcers clash on digital regulation

Margrethe Vestager has defended the EU’s proposed digital platform regulation, as the heads of both US antitrust agencies pushed back against the idea of imposing similar rules on some of the world’s biggest tech platforms.

14 September 2020

EU to accept below threshold merger referrals

The European Commission will accept merger referrals from national competition authorities even if a tie-up falls below national thresholds to ensure it catches deals that could seriously affect competition.

11 September 2020

Singapore issues e-commerce platform guidance

Singapore’s antitrust enforcer has ended its market study into e-commerce platforms without identifying any significant competition concerns, but published new guidance on how it will analyse market definition and market power in this area.

11 September 2020

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