Topic: Legislation and guidance

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

DOJ encourages IEEE to consider policy change

The Department of Justice’s antitrust division has encouraged a standard-setting organisation to consider changing its policies to make it easier for patent holders to pursue injunctive relief against unwilling licensees.

11 September 2020

UK confirms it will scrap EU state aid rules

The UK government will follow World Trade Organization rules on subsidy control after the country leaves the European Union at the end of this year.

10 September 2020

Australia probes app stores

Australia’s competition watchdog has launched an investigation into mobile applications stores and will examine the extent of competition between Google and Apple in the market.

09 September 2020

Philippine official encourages merger filings despite new bill

A top official at the Philippine Competition Commission has said that companies should continue to file their deals before the agency even if a proposed bill exempting certain tie-ups from mandatory filing is signed into law.

07 September 2020

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