Topic: Sustainability

FCO rejects raw milk agreement but leaves door open to sustainability arguments

Germany’s Federal Cartel Office has said that a proposed agreement between raw milk producers to raise prices is anticompetitive but indicated that it would consider sustainability objectives to approve the proposal.

25 January 2022

GCR to host second sustainability conference

The head of Germany’s antitrust authority will speak at GCR Connect: Sustainability and Cooperation next month, where he will be joined by senior executives from enforcers in the UK and the EU.

20 January 2022

Germany gives feedback on sustainability agreements

Germany’s antitrust enforcer has issued advice clarifying whether a pair of sustainability-focused cooperation agreements comply with competition rules, in a rare move that local lawyers say highlights the need for guidance at an EU level.

18 January 2022

EU concludes first settlement in ethanol benchmark cartel

The European Commission has fined Abengoa €20 million after the energy company confessed its role in a cartel that rigged ethanol benchmarks, manipulating the price of biofuel used in vehicles across Europe.

10 December 2021

Lawmakers are responsible for dictating sustainability agenda, Mundt says

Rather than requiring companies to cooperate on sustainability initiatives and then relying on competition agencies to address potential concerns, policymakers must set an appropriate legal framework to achieve national environmental goals, Germany’s competition chief has said.

14 October 2021

EU outlines upcoming sustainability guidance

The European Commission has confirmed it will consider environmental benefits as efficiencies when assessing if cooperation agreements can be exempted from competition rules, although some experts believe the enforcer is wrong to limit that analysis to the specific affected market.

10 September 2021

UK’s electric car charging study jumpstarts antitrust probe

The UK’s antitrust enforcer is investigating exclusivity agreements between an electric vehicle charging provider and three major UK service station operators, after a market study found a lack of chargepoints may prevent drivers from switching to electric cars.

23 July 2021

Greece consults on regulatory “sandbox” for sustainability initiatives

Greece’s Competition Commission is seeking feedback on plans to establish a regulatory sandbox that would allow businesses to test and pursue sustainability agreements without the fear of violating competition rules.

16 July 2021

Snoep: EU must adapt competition rules to meet new climate goals

The head of the Dutch competition authority has said the European Commission must adapt its exemption test for horizontal agreements between competitors that reduce environmental harm if the bloc wants to meet its ambitious climate goals.

28 April 2021

EU officials to speak at GCR's first sustainability conference

The heads of the Dutch and German antitrust agencies will speak at GCR Connect: Sustainability and Cooperation later this month, along with the European Commission's head of competition policy and the green deal.

09 April 2021

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