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EU to review how competition rules can boost green objectives

The European Commission has said it will begin consulting on how competition rules can compliment sustainability, as it also considers adding clarity to its horizontal agreements guidance and issuing comfort letters to companies.

22 September 2020

Russia sends second warning to Booking.com

Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service has given Booking.com one month to remove narrow most-favoured-nation clauses from its contracts with domestic accommodation providers.

22 September 2020

Indonesia’s national airline commits to changing discriminatory behaviour

Garuda Indonesia has committed to fixing its behaviour after the country’s competition watchdog accused the flag carrier of discriminatory conduct on tickets to the Middle East for a religious pilgrimage.

22 September 2020

India’s largest e-payment service joins fight against Google

Softbank-backed digital payment company Paytm has suggested that Google abused its dominance by temporarily removing it from the Google Play Store and forcing Paytm to remove an offering to get re-listed.

22 September 2020

Not all digital businesses should be treated the same, Booking.com lawyer says

Proposed new EU rules to regulate digital platforms must ensure that distinct business models in the online economy are differentiated, the chief legal officer at Booking.com has said.

21 September 2020

Spain fines port unions for restrictive collective bargaining agreement

Spain’s competition enforcer has fined six stevedoring unions for imposing anticompetitive hiring requirements on port stowage companies, just three days after the European Court of Justice rejected its request for a preliminary ruling on the case.

21 September 2020

Germany scrutinises Edeka deal

Germany’s Federal Cartel Office has opened an in-depth investigation into Edeka’s takeover of 72 Real supermarkets, two months after it launched a Phase II probe examining the impact of rival Kaufland’s purchase of 102 Real stores.

21 September 2020

CMA imposes interim measures on airlines due to covid-19 uncertainty

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has imposed interim measures for the first time in extending a decade-old commitment decision by the European Commission relating to an agreement between American Airlines, British Airways, Iberia, Finnair and Aer Lingus.

18 September 2020

Ireland lays out chargesheet in first price signalling probe

Ireland’s competition enforcer has accused six major insurers and a trade association of cooperating to raise prices in the motor insurance market, following a four-year probe into alleged price signalling.

18 September 2020

Dutch enforcer raids home furnishing companies

The Dutch competition watchdog has raided several unnamed companies in the home furnishings sector over suspected horizontal price fixing and resale price maintenance, in its first inspection since suspending office searches in March.

18 September 2020

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