Region: Germany

Germany eyes sector inquiry break-up powers

Germany’s economic ministry has proposed giving the national antitrust watchdog heftier sector inquiry powers while making it easier for the agency to “skim off” profits gained from anticompetitive conduct.

21 September 2022

AG Rantos: German enforcer entitled to assess GDPR in Meta case

Competition authorities can consider a company’s compliance with the EU’s data protection regulation when investigating a potential abuse of dominance, an advocate general at the European Court of Justice has said.

20 September 2022

FCO allows “one-time” cooperation between major sugar producers

Germany’s Federal Cartel Office has waved through a production sharing agreement between sugar companies Nordzucker, Südzucker, Pfeifer & Langen and Cosun Beet, due to concerns about the inflationary impact of gas supply shortages on the industry.

06 September 2022

Lufthansa challenges abuse of dominance decision

Germany’s Federal Cartel Office has ordered Lufthansa to indefinitely continue its long-standing cooperation agreement with rival Condor, suggesting that the flag carrier’s feeder flights amount to an essential facility.

02 September 2022

Chinese Maersk acquisition abandoned amid US and German antitrust hurdles

State-owned China International Marine Containers has abandoned its proposed $987 million acquisition of Maersk’s refrigerated container business after competition authorities in the US and Germany raised significant antitrust concerns.

26 August 2022

German association files antitrust complaint against two broadcasters

A German broadband and broadcasting association has accused two of the country’s major television and radio broadcasters of refusing to pay certain fees to cable network operators.

15 August 2022

Germany’s highest court ends damages claim against enforcer

Germany's highest court has refused to hear agricultural trading company BayWa’s €73 million damages claim against the national competition authority for purportedly breaching its rights by allowing its rivals to avoid cartel fines through leniency.

11 July 2022

EU targets Delivery Hero and Glovo in online food delivery raids

The European Commission has raided the offices of Delivery Hero and Glovo in Germany and Spain on suspicion that they colluded to share the market for food and grocery delivery services.

06 July 2022

Amazon mulls challenge to heightened scrutiny in Germany

Amazon has said it is considering appealing against the German competition authority’s decision to designate it as having “paramount significance for competition across markets”, which subjects the company to stricter antitrust regulations.

06 July 2022

German policy adviser supports break-up orders absent antitrust infringement

Germany’s Monopolies Commission has supported proposals to empower the country’s competition authority to break up companies without first finding an infringement of competition law.

05 July 2022

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