State Aid

UK Conservative Party plans to scrap EU state aid rules

The UK’s Conservative Party has proposed to scrap EU state aid rules and move the country to a new regime based on World Trade Organisation commitments on restricting harmful subsidies.

EU reviews Thomas Cook subsidiary bailout

Starbucks wins and Fiat loses at General Court

Apple state aid decision is “beneath the commission”, Ireland tells EU court

Airlines attack Sabre/Farelogix deal

The Department of Justice’s antitrust division began its case against travel technology company Sabre’s acquisition of Farelogix yesterday by bringing the companies’ customers to testify.

FTC loses bid to stall Evonik/PeroxyChem

A federal judge has refused to grant a preliminary injunction against the proposed merger of two chemical companies, but the Federal Trade Commission’s challenge to the deal remains pending in its administrative tribunal. 

Tommaso Valletti at GCR Live IP & Antitrust

A transcript of the keynote given by Tommaso Valletti, chief competition economist at European Commission, at GCR Live IP & Antitrust in Brussels on 13 March.

State aid recovery cannot fully restore competition, EU official says

Restoring effective competition to where it would have been in the absence of wrongful state aid “is never going to happen,” a European Commission official has said.

Almunia to stay the course on high fines

Joaquin Almunia, nominee for European competition commissioner, warned cartelists to expect no reprieve from high fines when he takes the helm at DG Comp.


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