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Music streaming intervention wouldn’t help low-income artists, CMA says

The UK’s competition enforcer has heralded digitisation for spurring competition in the music streaming market to the benefit of consumers, but acknowledged that some creators struggle to thrive among the abundance of new artists and renewed popularity of older songs.

29 November 2022

German enforcer laments legal barriers stopping intervention in fuel market

Germany’s Federal Cartel Office has bemoaned the “extremely high” legal barriers preventing it from using its competition powers to intervene in fuel markets to tackle soaring petrol prices, after finding no evidence of anticompetitive conduct in the first part of its study into the sector.

28 November 2022

CMA targets Apple and Google in cloud gaming and mobile browsers probe

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has opened a market investigation to assess the dominance of Google and Apple over mobile browsers and examine how the latter restricts cloud gaming through its App Store.

22 November 2022

Serbia raids food delivery app

Serbia’s competition authority has opened an investigation into Glovo, alleging the food delivery application abused its dominance by imposing exclusivity clauses on its restaurant partners, as the enforcer's dawn raid procedures face separate constitutional challenges.

15 November 2022

Colombian aviation regulator grounds Avianca/Viva deal

Colombia’s national aviation authority has blocked a merger between the country’s largest airline and low-cost carrier Viva Air after the pair could not back up their failing firm defence and refused to offer remedies.

11 November 2022

Kuwaiti enforcer hands down first penalty for obstruction

Kuwait’s competition authority has issued its first publicly available fine since gaining new competition law powers two years ago, penalising an unnamed company for obstructing an investigation into a suspected anticompetitive boycott between several steel suppliers.

10 November 2022

Drinks companies pull plug on three-to-two deal in Denmark

Two major Danish drinks businesses have abandoned a proposed tie-up after the country’s antitrust enforcer raised horizontal competition concerns during an in-depth review into the deal.

27 October 2022

Guersent: EU working to estimate the cost of non-competition

The European Commission is currently “running an extensive project” to quantify the cost to society of failed competition, the director general of its competition arm has revealed.

25 October 2022

DG Comp officials explore metaverse antitrust enforcement

The developing metaverse will likely fall within the scope of the EU’s Digital Markets Act due to the legislation’s “future-proofing” nature, two officials from the EU’s antitrust authority have suggested.

21 October 2022

Mexican market study finds competition restrictions in fuel market

Mexico’s competition authority has found a lack of effective competition in the distribution of liquefied petroleum gas to consumers in almost all local markets, paving the way for potential government price controls.

18 October 2022

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