Topic: Sustainability

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

EU enforcer emphasises sustainability considerations in predatory pricing probe

The European Commission has opened an abuse of dominance investigation into Greece's largest electricity supplier over suspicions it charged predatory prices, while making a point to flag how the possible infringement may have chilled investment in greener energy.

17 March 2021

GCR to host first sustainability conference

The heads of the Dutch competition authority and the European Commission’s unit responsible for competition policy and the Green Deal will speak at GCR Connect: Sustainability and Cooperation next month.

16 March 2021

Matos Rosa: Competition is key to green innovation

The president of the Portuguese Competition Authority has said enforcers need to “demystify” the view that competition policy is an obstacle to sustainability initiatives.

04 February 2021

CMA adds voice to sustainability debate

The UK’s antitrust watchdog has published advice for businesses on sustainability agreements, matching calls from its Dutch counterpart to exempt certain types of cooperation from competition rules.

27 January 2021

Dutch enforcer calls for cohesion on sustainability across EU

The Dutch competition authority has said its draft guidelines on sustainability agreements are ready to be discussed at an EU-wide level after updating the advice to clarify what types of cooperation qualify for exemptions from antitrust rules.

27 January 2021

An interview with Martijn Snoep

The Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets published new guidelines in July 2020 detailing how pro-environmental initiatives – such as agreements among competitors to reduce emissions – could be exempted from cartel rules. The authority’s chair Martijn Snoep spoke to Emily Craig about taking the lead on sustainability and competition, the risk of a fragmented EU approach and whether the agency’s guidelines should have gone further.

17 December 2020

Warming to sustainability

As the European Commission and several other national enforcers examine what role they should play in helping businesses to achieve sustainability goals, Charley Connor explores what conclusions have already been reached and asks if competition policy can – and should – help foster such initiatives.

17 December 2020

Sustainability and antitrust in Australia: an outlier or blueprint?

As European competition authorities and international organisations like the OECD and ICN look to advance the debate on sustainability and antitrust, Baker McKenzie’s global antitrust knowledge lawyer Grant Murray and partner Georgina Foster explore the approach of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and ask if it can provide a blueprint for others to follow.

07 December 2020

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