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.
In an attempt to prevent parallel pricing tactics, Romania’s competition authority has urged the country’s parliament to ban fuel stations from raising their prices outside of set times.
Antitrust reform proposals by one of the top candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination drew scepticism from former enforcers and other experts.
Senator Bernie Sanders is seen as having pushed the field of Democratic presidential hopefuls further to the ideological left on a range of policy issues, including healthcare and tax. Earlier this week, the senator demonstrated he would not allow competitors such as Senator Elizabeth Warren out-flank him to the left on the topic of antitrust reform. However, the antitrust experts we spoke with are sceptical of implementing the drastic proposals in Sanders’s new antitrust platform.
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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