Region: European Union

Epic heads to EU in fight against Apple

Epic Games has continued its global crusade against Apple by filing an antitrust complaint with the European Commission.

17 February 2021

Economists propose revisions to EU’s draft gatekeeper rules

Six competition economists have recommended that the European Commission’s draft Digital Markets Act include both a “blacklist” of prohibited conduct and a “grey list” of practices that gatekeepers could argue are procompetitive.

10 February 2021

Matos Rosa: Competition is key to green innovation

The president of the Portuguese Competition Authority has said enforcers need to “demystify” the view that competition policy is an obstacle to sustainability initiatives.

04 February 2021

A Q&A with Christopher Vajda QC

Christopher Vajda QC stepped down from his role as a judge at the European Court of Justice following the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union on 31 January 2020. He returned to Monckton Chambers in October, where he began his legal career. Janith Aranze spoke to Vajda about streamlining the General Court’s procedures, the UK’s approach to digital markets and whether further guidance is needed at an EU-level on competition-related SEP matters.

29 January 2021

Shipbuilding deal abandoned during EU Phase II probe

The French and Italian governments have dropped plans to merge their state-owned shipbuilding companies during the European Commission’s in-depth investigation of the deal, blaming economic uncertainty arising from the covid-19 pandemic.

28 January 2021

Qualcomm loses information request battle at EU court

The European Court of Justice has confirmed that the EU’s antitrust enforcer has the power to seek wide-ranging information from companies under investigation, in a ruling dismissing Qualcomm’s challenge to an information request.

28 January 2021

EU probes cross-border snack restrictions

The European Commission has formalised an investigation into Mondelēz International to check if it imposed anticompetitive territorial restrictions on traders, a week after the agency fined six video games companies for similar restrictions on cross-border sales.

28 January 2021

ECJ rejects Goldman Sachs power cables appeal

The European Court of Justice has dismissed Goldman Sachs' appeal against its power cables cartel fine, finding that the investment bank had a decisive influence over its former subsidiary Prysmian.

27 January 2021

Dutch enforcer calls for cohesion on sustainability across EU

The Dutch competition authority has said its draft guidelines on sustainability agreements are ready to be discussed at an EU-wide level after updating the advice to clarify what types of cooperation qualify for exemptions from antitrust rules.

27 January 2021

General Court backs EU enforcer in Liberty Global/Ziggo challenge

The EU’s General Court has upheld the European Commission’s decision to reapprove Liberty Global’s acquisition of Dutch TV operator Ziggo, over three years after the same court sent the case back to the EU enforcer to reconsider.

27 January 2021

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