Topic: Legislation and guidance

Dutch enforcer blesses sustainability initiatives in energy sector

The Dutch competition authority has informally approved two separate sustainability initiatives in the energy sector, a year after publishing its draft guidelines on such agreements.

01 March 2022

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

EU looks to introduce sustainability guidance for agriculture sector

The European Commission is consulting on new guidelines for environmental agreements in the agriculture sector that are exempted from competition rules provided they are “indispensable” to achieve sustainability standards beyond those mandated by the EU.

28 February 2022

Chilean enforcer seeks to quash due process violation claim

Chile’s antitrust watchdog has called on the country’s Constitutional Court to reject a security company’s claim that its rights were violated when it was denied full access to evidentiary files as it prepared to respond to allegations it was involved in a cartel.

28 February 2022

ACCC seeks feedback on regulatory framework for digital platforms

Australia’s competition watchdog is seeking feedback on a possible new regulatory framework for digital platforms that would prohibit certain conduct and introduce codes of practice, targetted merger controls and rule-making powers for the agency.

28 February 2022

Baltic enforcers urge ICN to suspend Russian competition agency

The heads of the Latvian, Lithuanian and Estonian competition agencies have called on the International Competition Network to suspend Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service over the country’s “unacceptable” and “outrageous” invasion of Ukraine.

25 February 2022

UK consults on new vertical block exemption rules

The UK government has proposed excluding wide price parity clauses from its tailored block exemption regulation relating to vertical agreements, while adding certain new exemptions for agreements that would generally be considered anticompetitive.

22 February 2022

African enforcers adopt joint approach in digital markets

Competition authorities in Egypt, Kenya, Mauritius, Nigeria and South Africa have announced plans to harmonise merger notification frameworks and start sharing information as part of a push to “work more closely” in scrutinising digital markets across Africa.

21 February 2022

EU orders Hungary to revoke insurance tie-up veto

The European Commission has accused the Hungarian government of violating EU merger control rules when it vetoed an insurance tie-up on foreign investment grounds, because the decision infringed on the commission’s exclusive authority to examine transactions with an EU dimension.

21 February 2022

French rail regulator flags obstacles to privatising the market

Access to infrastructure and financial data is crucial for new rail companies to enter the French network as the sector opens up to competition for the first time, the country’s transport regulator has said following an in-depth study.

18 February 2022

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