Organisation: European Commission

Lawyers push back against European Parliament competition report

The European Parliament's rapporteur on competition policy has made several recommendations to improve the effectiveness of EU antitrust policy, including introducing rebuttable presumptions into merger control.

03 February 2023

Orange grants Belgian rival access to appease EU in Phase II probe

Orange has promised to give Belgium’s largest cable broadband provider Telenet access to its fixed internet services network in hopes of convincing the European Commission to clear its €1.8 billion acquisition of rivals Voo and Brutélé.

03 February 2023

EU defends record-breaking Altice gun-jumping penalty before ECJ

Altice was aware it was breaking EU merger rules when it failed to notify and later implement its acquisition of PT Portugal, the European Commission has told the EU’s highest court in support of its “classical gun-jumping case”.

01 February 2023

General Court reverses heat stabiliser cartel ruling

The EU’s General Court has ruled that the European Commission did not breach the principle of equal treatment when recalculating fines on three companies in the heat stabiliser cartel that belonged to the same economic group.

25 January 2023

Analysis Group hires from Meta

A former aide to EU competition commissioner Joaquin Almunia and most recently the director for economic policy at Meta Platforms has joined Analysis Group in Washington, DC.

24 January 2023

Mastercard could have charged lawful MIFs in Merricks counterfactual, counsel argues

Counsel to Mastercard has claimed that the European Commission did not find all interchange fees to be unlawful as part of its infringement decision against the company and it could have charged legal rates absent its anticompetitive scheme.

17 January 2023

Merricks urges CAT to reject Mastercard’s counterfactual arguments in multi-billion pound class action

Walter Merricks has accused Mastercard of seeking “another bite of the cherry” in attempting to argue that absent its interchange infringement the credit card company would have set its fees at the highest possible rate that was legally allowed.

16 January 2023

ECJ sides with AG in EU damages directive application

National courts must have the power to order disclosure in antitrust litigation that has been suspended while a competition enforcer probes the same conduct, the European Court of Justice has ruled.

13 January 2023

ECJ sides with General Court in dismissing HSBC’s Euribor appeal

The EU’s General Court was right to largely reject HSBC’s appeal against the substance of the European Commission’s Euro Interbank Offered Rate cartel decision, although it failed to properly assess the company's presumption of innocence claims, the bloc’s highest court has ruled.

12 January 2023

ECJ endorses limited use of essential facilities doctrine

The European Court of Justice has confirmed that the European Commission was right not to analyse Lithuanian Railways’ track removal as a refusal to supply an essential facility, as the destruction of infrastructure can constitute an abuse of dominance in its own right.

12 January 2023

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