Region: Spain

Siemens/Alstom remedies not enough, national authorities tell EU

In an unusual step, four national competition authorities have written an open letter to the European Commission expressing concern that the remedies proposed by Siemens and Alstom for their merger fall “well short of what is required.”

20 December 2018

Spanish enforcer cautions against regulation in new tech markets

Governments should be careful when regulating markets in the new economy not to ignore the potential anticompetitive effects of their intervention, a member of Spain’s competition authority has said.

11 December 2018

Armed police take cartel evidence from Catalan antitrust agency

The president of Catalonia’s regional competition authority has said armed police that entered the agency's premises to obtain information relating to a cartel did so inappropriately and lacked justification.

23 November 2018

Spain’s fining guidelines stir confusion

Spain’s new provisional guidelines for calculating antitrust fines provided less clarity and more confusion, and have left competition lawyers in Madrid unsure of how the authority will decide on price-fixing fines, observers say.

13 November 2018

Spanish court overturns €88 million in cartel fines

A court in Spain has annulled a cartel fine levied against 11 dairy companies over a procedural error the country’s competition authority made when it modified an already-published statement of objections against the cartel.

01 November 2018

Spanish firm hires renowned academic for trucks cartel claim

Caamaño Concheiro and Seoane has recruited Francisco Marcos, a professor at IE Law School in Madrid, as an academic consultant to advise on damages claims following-on from the European Commission’s trucks cartel decision.

17 October 2018

Coal companies raided in Spain

Spain’s antitrust enforcer has searched the offices of several companies operating in the country’s coal market, following receipt of information from the regional Basque Competition Authority.

08 October 2018

Temporary unions are not a per se cartel, Spanish court rules

A court in Spain has ruled that temporary unions or consortiums between companies bidding for publicly funded projects do not constitute a by object infringement of competition rules.

27 September 2018

General Court agrees with pharma complaint rejection despite error

The EU General Court has found that the European Commission acted legally when it ultimately rejected a complaint alleging anticompetitive dual pricing in the pharmaceutical market, despite it misinterpreting a previous judgment on the enforcer’s 2001 decision.

26 September 2018

Spain investigates railway cartel

Spain’s competition authority is investigating eight companies and four of their executives for allegedly rigging bids for contracts to provide a variety of services protecting the country’s railways.

06 September 2018

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