Work Area: Market Studies & Inquiries

South African enforcer orders mobile operators to reduce prices

The Competition Commission of South Africa has given Vodacom and MTN two months to lower their prices for data services, or face excessive pricing charges.

04 December 2019

Franco-German study reveals collusive algorithm concerns

France and Germany have released their long-awaited joint report on digital algorithms, calling for “constant vigilance” regarding algorithms’ ability to facilitate or mask collusion

06 November 2019

South Africa finds competition “largely failed” in private healthcare

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.

30 September 2019

Austria probes Uber as part of taxi market inquiry

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.

23 September 2019

German report recommends EU-wide digital regulation

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.

10 September 2019

Romanian enforcer suggests restricting fuel price increases

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.

10 July 2019

UK launches new digital strategy and market study

The new digital strategy at the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority includes scaling up its data unit, considering regulation, reviewing whether acquisitions by dominant players require closer scrutiny, and delivering a market study into online platforms and digital advertising.

04 July 2019

Portugal joins data and algorithms debate

Portugal’s Competition Authority has warned that using algorithms to monitor and set prices could give rise to several anticompetitive practices, including discriminatory pricing and tacit collusion.

02 July 2019

CMA imposes pension scheme reforms

The UK’s competition enforcer has issued a legally binding order to help improve competition in the investment consultancy and the fiduciary management markets, following its market inquiry into the sector.

10 June 2019

UK report proposes dawn raids in merger control

An expert report commissioned by the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has suggested revising merger control rules to combat underenforcement in the digital sector on deals such as Facebook/Instagram and Google/Waze.

04 June 2019

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