South Africa’s competition authority must review its approach to address competition concerns in the private healthcare sector, the enforcer’s market inquiry has said.
Austria’s Federal Competition Authority has launched an inquiry into the taxi market, in response to a new regulation that combines the taxi sector with the traditionally separate market to hire a vehicle and driver.
An expert report commissioned by Germany’s economic ministry has suggested EU-wide legislation to regulate dominant online platforms and access to data, alongside establishing a digital markets board within the European Commission.
Proponents of the consumer welfare standard must be vigilant to ensure that the largest companies “are minding the guardrails of competition”, the head of the Department of Justice’s antitrust division has warned.
Both US antitrust agencies are evaluating the role competition plays in national security. A Federal Trade Commission member said yesterday that concentration in the US defence supply chain could threaten national security. This comes following Department of Justice claims that a decision against Qualcomm’s licensing practices could also threaten national security. While assistant attorney general Makan Delrahim is recused from the Qualcomm litigation, he argued in favour of taking a more proactive approach towards maintaining the consumer welfare standard as the crux of US antitrust law.
The heads of the competition agencies in France and Australia would not welcome the power to impose remedies after conducting market studies because doing so would present several challenges.
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