Region: Europe

Latvia sanctions construction cartel

Latvia’s Competition Council has levied a €16.7 million cartel fine on 10 construction companies after concluding one of its most important ever investigations, although counsel to one of the companies claims the agency may have relied on a trove of evidence unlawfully.

10 August 2021

Italy probes McDonald’s over franchise contracts

Italy’s Competition Authority is reportedly investigating whether McDonald’s has imposed anticompetitive clauses in its agreements with franchise operators that dictate certain business conditions.

10 August 2021

Turkey settles competition probe for first time

The Turkish Competition Authority has settled an antitrust probe for the first time after the regional subsidiary of Philips admitted it restricted online sales and determined the resale prices of its electrical appliances.

10 August 2021

Messi transfer would be illegal under EU competition rules, complaint alleges

A complaint lodged on behalf of fans of FC Barcelona to the European Commission has claimed that footballer Lionel Messi’s expected transfer to Paris Saint-Germain FC breaches EU competition and state aid rules.

09 August 2021

CMA to probe “exploitative” coronavirus testing kit prices

The UK’s antitrust watchdog has agreed to advise the government on whether travellers are being charged excessive prices for covid-19 tests after the health secretary asked it to conduct a “rapid high-level review”.

09 August 2021

Spanish watchdog appoints new competition director

Spain’s National Commission of Markets and Competition has announced that María Luisa Tierno Centella, currently deputy head of cartels at the European Commission, will be taking over as its new competition director.

06 August 2021

Dutch enforcer clears funeral deal with structural remedies

The Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets has cleared funeral service provider DELA’s acquisition of rival Yarden, subject to the merged entity divesting seven crematoria and two funeral homes.

06 August 2021

Poste Italiane fined for unfair contract clauses

Italy’s Competition Authority has hit the country’s largest postal service operator with an €11.3 million fine for banning its Naples mail distributor and collector from providing services to its rivals.

06 August 2021

CMA reaccuses Pfizer and Flynn of excessive pricing

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has accused Pfizer and Flynn Pharma of charging unfairly high prices for an anti-epilepsy medication, 17 months after an appellate court ordered the agency to redo parts of its initial probe into the drugmakers.

05 August 2021

BeIN Sports turns to EU in French football dispute

BeIN Sports has complained to the EU’s competition authority that the French professional football league’s broadcasting agreement with Amazon discriminates in favour of the technology company and distorts the market by undervaluing broadcasting rights.

05 August 2021

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