Organisation: Directorate-General for Competition (EU)

Cœuré: Cloud services should fall under DMA

The European Commission should move quickly to designate cloud services under the Digital Markets Act, the president of France’s Competition Authority has said.

19 October 2023

Régibeau comments spark “deep concern” from trade unions

European trade unions have called on Margrethe Vestager to distance her agency from comments by its former chief competition economist suggesting the EU’s heavy industry should “disappear”.

09 August 2023

Scott Morton withdraws from EU economist role over political interference concerns

Fiona Scott Morton said she has “no desire to get mixed up in European politics” after turning down her appointment as the EU’s new chief competition economist amid intense political backlash over her nationality and past links to large technology companies.

19 July 2023

Vestager defends decision to appoint Scott Morton before EU Parliament

There is no indication that the European Commission’s new chief competition economist Fiona Scott Morton will be conflicted when working on key EU regulation and the suggestion that she cannot work on tech cases is “simply not true”, Margrethe Vestager has said.

18 July 2023

Landmark review of EU competition regime will target interim measures rules, Guersent says

The European Commission will likely assess whether requirements for imposing interim measures are too burdensome as part of its sweeping review of rules underpinning competition enforcement across the EU, Olivier Guersent has said.

20 June 2023

When industrial subsidies threaten trade trouble, competition enforcement can help

The row between Brussels and Washington over green energy funding shows how even desirable subsidies can have undesirable effects. Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development senior policy analyst Ruben Maximiano and competition expert Wouter Meester examine the role competition authorities have in tackling distortive subsidies through merger and antitrust enforcement.

12 May 2023

AG Collins: EU’s record-breaking gun-jumping fine must stand

An advisor to the European Court of Justice has suggested the European Commission pay closer scrutiny to share purchase agreements after concluding the agency rightly punished Altice for failing to notify its acquisition of PT Portugal and for breaching EU standstill rules.

27 April 2023

General Court applied "ridiculous" AEC standard in Intel, Régibeau says

The as-efficient competitor test should be treated as a benchmark rather than a definitive test because rivals that may not be “as efficient” as a dominant company can still sufficiently compete in a market, the European Commission’s chief competition economist has said.

17 April 2023

Agencies must stop disruptive AI acquisitions by large tech companies, EU official says

Competition enforcers must prevent dominant technology companies from acquiring disruptive technology arising from artificial intelligence, a senior official at the European Commission has said.

31 March 2023

EU to publish new exclusionary abuse guidelines

The European Commission is set to publish new guidelines on its approach to exclusionary conduct cases, but has already updated an old policy paper that clarifies it does not need to rely on the as-efficient competitor test in certain matters.

27 March 2023

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