Organisation: European Commission

Guersent: Relaxing competition rules “not the answer” for more telecoms investment

The director-general of the EU’s competition authority has rejected calls from telecommunications companies to more easily allow concentration in the sector, warning that mergers between operators in the same country “merit careful scrutiny”.

09 March 2023

Cross-border coordination drives fragrance cartel raids

Competition authorities in the EU, UK, US and Switzerland have heeded calls to better align cartel enforcement efforts by coordinating dawn raids on four fragrance manufacturers and a global industry association.

08 March 2023

EU in “unchartered territory” with new foreign subsidy law, Vestager says

The EU’s competition commissioner has said “there may be a hiccup or two” in the implementation of the bloc’s new foreign subsidies regulation, stating certain aspects of the new law place the agency in “unchartered territory”.

06 March 2023

DMA will not identify new infringements, Bacchiega says

It is not the role of the Digital Markets Act to explore new forms of anticompetitive behaviour or “undo the past”, the European Commission official tasked with implementing the regulation has insisted.

03 March 2023

MLAB and Baker Botts add new partners in Europe

MLAB Abogados has rehired Robert Vallina as a partner in Madrid, while Baker Botts has promoted Adam Dawson to its partnership in Brussels and Dina Jubrail to special counsel in London.

03 March 2023

Apple case is now about fairness, Vestager claims

The European Commission’s new statement of objections against Apple reflects the agency’s recalibration of the case as an exploitative abuse of dominance to take a “more direct focus on consumers themselves”, Margrethe Vestager has said.

02 March 2023

EU closes preliminary Coca-Cola probe

The European Commission has closed its preliminary investigation into whether Coca-Cola and two of its bottling subsidiaries granted a series of anticompetitive conditional rebates to retailers in several EU member states.

28 February 2023

EU drops major App Store charge in rare replacement SO

The European Commission has sent Apple a new statement of objections, abandoning its initial allegations that the iPhone maker’s rule forcing developers to use its own in-app purchase system infringes competition law.

28 February 2023

Incoming antitrust protocol will bring competition law to all of Africa, COMESA head says

The head of COMESA's Competition Commission has said an incoming continent-wide competition protocol inspired by the EU’s Digital Markets Act will ensure all 55 members of the African Union can introduce and strengthen their own antitrust regimes.

20 February 2023

EU opens in-depth probe into Korean Air/Asiana

The European Commission has launched a Phase II probe into Korean Air’s proposed €1.31 billion purchase of rival Asiana Airlines after finding the deal could reduce competition in the markets for passenger and cargo air transport services.

20 February 2023

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