Topic: Public interest

EU lawmakers urge Gazprom probe amid spiking fuel costs

Members of the European Parliament have urged the European Commission to investigate whether Gazprom has played a role in the rising cost of natural gas throughout the bloc by possibly breaching abuse of dominance rules.

28 September 2021

Tencent and Alibaba commit to open up platforms to rivals in China

Chinese technology companies Tencent and Alibaba have agreed to unblock competitors from operating on their platforms, which observers say will lower market barriers and could indicate the end of China’s “tolerance” towards homegrown Big Tech companies.

15 September 2021

Poland demands behavioural and structural remedies from ventilator providers

Poland’s competition authority has conditionally approved a tie-up between two medical ventilator service providers, after warning the deal would risk reducing choice for patients.

08 September 2021

South African tribunal backs Coca-Cola bottler in merger remedies dispute

South Africa’s Competition Tribunal has rejected a finding by the country’s antitrust watchdog that a Coca-Cola bottler breached merger conditions related to employee lay-offs, ruling that the job terminations were justified due to financial difficulties.

08 September 2021

CMA reiterates concerns over JD Sports/Footasylum deal

JD Sports has said it is “perplexed” and “disappointed” by the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority’s preliminary view that it might have to once again block the retailer’s purchase of rival Footasylum.

02 September 2021

CADE split on school cartel fines

Brazil's antitrust authority remains divided on how it should calculate fines levied on a school uniform cartel, with lawyers saying the uncertainty makes cases unpredictable and inconsistent.

23 August 2021

Illumina closes Grail deal without EU approval

Illumina has closed its €5.9 billion acquisition of Grail despite an ongoing EU Phase II probe, reiterating its claims that the European Commission has no jurisdiction to review the tie-up.

19 August 2021

South African enforcer seeks to reverse Burger King merger block

The Competition Commission of South Africa has backtracked from its controversial decision to block the acquisition of Burger King South Africa, asking the country’s specialist competition tribunal to instead approve the deal subject to multiple public interest commitments.

18 August 2021

South Africa grants supplier exemptions after civil unrest

South Africa’s government has exempted essential goods suppliers from certain competition rules restricting collaboration and information exchange after a series of riots disrupted supply chains throughout the country.

21 July 2021

Spanish judge voids Super League sanctions

A Spanish judge has accused UEFA and two national football leagues of violating a preliminary injunction and ordered them to annul all sanctions against clubs that agreed to join the proposed European Super League.

05 July 2021

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