Topic: Legislation and guidance

Economists propose revisions to EU’s draft gatekeeper rules

Six competition economists have recommended that the European Commission’s draft Digital Markets Act include both a “blacklist” of prohibited conduct and a “grey list” of practices that gatekeepers could argue are procompetitive.

10 February 2021

SAMR fines Vipshop as online platform guidance is finalised

China’s competition watchdog has fined Tencent-backed Vipshop nearly €400,000 for developing a system to obtain a competitive advantage over brands sold on its e-commerce platform.

09 February 2021

Israel pushes for new regulation of online platforms

Israel’s Competition Authority has recommended that the country’s government regulate the conduct of online platforms through a more targeted version of the EU’s platform-to-business regulation.

08 February 2021

Slaughter defends decision suspending early terminations

Rebecca Kelly Slaughter, acting chairwoman of the Federal Trade Commission, has defended the US antitrust agencies’ decision to temporarily stop granting early terminations.

08 February 2021

Challenges to FTC’s authority need to be resolved in Congress, Hoffman says

The issues raised by a series of cases challenging aspects of the Federal Trade Commission’s authority are “going to require a legislative package to fix”, a former agency official has said.

05 February 2021

UK consults on “bespoke” state aid regime

The UK government is preparing a state subsidy control regime to preserve competition in the country’s internal market, overseen by a new regulator that might potentially sit within the Competition and Markets Authority.

03 February 2021

CMA issues first remedy breach guidance

The UK's Competition and Markets Authority has advised companies to report breaches of remedies “as soon as reasonably possible” and warned against rectifying contraventions without first reporting to the agency.

01 February 2021

Germany uses new powers to expand Facebook probe

Germany’s Federal Cartel Office is expanding its investigation into Facebook for allegedly tying its virtual reality products to its social media platform, by using new competition powers for the first time that could allow it to prohibit the conduct without establishing abuse of dominance.

28 January 2021

CMA adds voice to sustainability debate

The UK’s antitrust watchdog has published advice for businesses on sustainability agreements, matching calls from its Dutch counterpart to exempt certain types of cooperation from competition rules.

27 January 2021

Dutch enforcer calls for cohesion on sustainability across EU

The Dutch competition authority has said its draft guidelines on sustainability agreements are ready to be discussed at an EU-wide level after updating the advice to clarify what types of cooperation qualify for exemptions from antitrust rules.

27 January 2021

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