Topic: Legislation and guidance

France revises penalty guidance

France’s Competition Authority has updated its fining notice after 10 years, which clarifies changes introduced by the ECN+ Directive as well as expanding how it calculates the seriousness of infringing conduct.

30 July 2021

Lawmakers rebuke letter from federal judiciary’s administrative office

Four members of Congress have criticised the Administrative Office of the US Courts (AO) for voicing concerns about pending legislation that would prohibit defendants from transferring antitrust legislation brought by state attorneys general to other courts.

30 July 2021

UK government proposes major overhaul of competition rules

The UK government has released a slew of proposals intended to beef up the country’s competition regime, including a revamp of existing market investigation powers and a new status quo whereby the executive could intervene more readily in steering competition policy.

20 July 2021

Greece consults on regulatory “sandbox” for sustainability initiatives

Greece’s Competition Commission is seeking feedback on plans to establish a regulatory sandbox that would allow businesses to test and pursue sustainability agreements without the fear of violating competition rules.

16 July 2021

Singapore proposes renewing block exemption for liner shipping

Singapore’s competition agency has proposed renewing a block exemption for liner shipping agreements that allows for price discussions among competitors.

15 July 2021

US antitrust agencies plan to take “hard look” at merger guidelines

The Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice have said they intend to jointly review their merger guidelines following President Joe Biden’s signing of an executive order aimed at promoting competition in the US economy.

12 July 2021

EU unveils revised VBER

The European Commission has published its draft updated vertical block exemption regulation and related guidelines after almost three years of consultation and review.

09 July 2021

CMA plans to increase fines in updated penalty guidance

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority is consulting on proposed changes to its penalty guidance, with a view to increasing fines to ensure deterrence as the agency investigates larger companies.

05 July 2021

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