Region: Italy

Italy provides guidance on new settlement powers

Italy’s Competition Authority has published new guidelines on recently-introduced settlement rules that allow greater discounts for non-cartel infringements, diverging slightly from the European Commission's approach in a possible bid to halt a recent stretch of losses before the courts.

25 May 2023

Italy kicks off abuse probe into national football association

Italy’s Competition Authority has raided the premises of the country’s football association over allegations it prevented rival sports bodies from organising amateur tournaments for two consecutive seasons.

24 May 2023

Italian court confirms football broadcasting cartel fines

An Italian administrative court has dismissed appeals by a pair of sports management agencies challenging fines imposed by the national competition watchdog for rigging bids to acquire the rights to broadcast the country’s top football league.

17 May 2023

Italy probes Apple over unfair third-party data tracking policy

Italy’s antitrust watchdog is investigating whether Apple has abused its dominance in the applications market by imposing a restrictive privacy policy on third-party app developers and limiting their access to device users’ advertising data.

11 May 2023

Italy imposes national security conditions on Whirlpool home appliances deal

Italy has exercised its “golden power” law to clear Whirlpool’s majority stake sale of its European domestic appliances business to Turkish rival Arcelik, reportedly conditioned on remedies aimed at safeguarding technological assets, production facilities and employment.

04 May 2023

Italy closes Trenitalia abuse probe with data commitments

Italy’s Competition Authority has ended an abuse of dominance probe into the country’s largest rail operator after the latter committed to giving a rival access to data to sell its regional and intercity train tickets.

03 May 2023

Italy raids Enel over e-vehicle chargepoint margin squeeze claims

The Italian Competition Authority has raided Enel and several of its subsidiaries over allegations that it is excluding competitors from the country’s electric vehicle charging market by implementing an illegal margin squeeze strategy.

14 April 2023

Italy conditionally clears Lukoil refinery sale under foreign investment rules

The Italian government has reportedly conditionally approved a Cypriot private equity firm’s acquisition of a Lukoil-owned refinery after the buyer guaranteed it would source oil from countries other than Russia.

14 April 2023

Italy seeks interim measures against Meta over music licensing spat

Italy’s Competition Authority is investigating if Meta violated abuse of economic dependence rules by “unduly” ending talks with the country’s biggest collecting society for licensing musical rights, while also seeking interim measures that would force the company to restart negotiations.

06 April 2023

Italy blocks Russian-backed investment in cloud services provider

The Italian government has used its “golden power” law to block a Dutch-based cloud services provider’s acquisition of a local rival, reportedly over concerns that the proposed buyer is funded by Russia-based Yandex.

27 March 2023

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