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Coronavirus stifles CMA funeral services recommendations

The UK’s competition authority has warned that the nation’s funeral services industry lacks transparency when it comes to price and quality of care, but dropped a proposal to introduce price caps due to the covid-19 pandemic.

13 August 2020

South Africa recommends mandatory notification for certain forestry deals

South Africa's antitrust enforcer has said large vertically integrated forestry companies must notify all acquisitions of plantations, after completing its first-ever study to retrospectively assess the effects of past enforcement decisions.

12 August 2020

Overshadowed but not overlooked, Apple faces gatekeeper questions

Apple may not have attracted as much scrutiny as Amazon, Facebook and Google during last week’s Congressional hearing, but its chief executive was forced to defend the company against allegations it has abused its gatekeeper role to target rival app developers.

03 August 2020

EU targets smart devices in new sector inquiry

The European Commission is examining the consumer “Internet of Things” market, with a particular focus on voice assistants’ role as intermediaries between consumers and their devices.

16 July 2020

Germany studies e-mobility charging sector

Germany’s antitrust enforcer is examining the market for electric vehicle charging stations ahead of a government plan to dramatically boost the sector.

09 July 2020

EU’s proposed market investigations tool attracts hesitant support

Several major platforms, trade groups and governments have cautioned the European Commission not to adopt new market investigation powers without first properly assessing the need for such a wide-ranging and influential tool.

06 July 2020

CMA proposes regulatory reform to combat big tech

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has called for a new regime to regulate the online economy, after its digital advertising study found the market power of Google and Facebook is causing substantial harm to “society as a whole”.

01 July 2020

House antitrust submissions: a consensus document

In preparing a bipartisan report on the state of competition in digital markets, the House of Representatives antitrust subcommittee has sought a diverse range of expertise.

29 June 2020

Norway looks to open up competition in grocery sector

Norway’s government could introduce a competition test to increase access to food retail space, as the country continues its focus on competition in the grocery market.

22 June 2020

EU lawmakers support competition policy reform

The European Parliament has passed a resolution advising the European Commission to adapt its competition enforcement tools and step up international cooperation, while calling for greater protection of industrial champions.

19 June 2020

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