Topic: Public interest

Azerbaijan issues rare abuse of dominance fine

Azerbaijan’s competition authority has fined a major national buckwheat producer for abusing its dominance in a decision that one local lawyer said reflects “serious changes” in the country’s antitrust enforcement following the appointment of a new agency head last December.

11 November 2022

Spain issues rare fine under competition rules for consumer deception

Spain’s antitrust enforcer has fined renewable energy producer Audax €9.2 million for breaking the country’s competition law by deceiving consumers into switching providers.

17 October 2022

TF1 and M6 deal abandonment a win for French enforcer, lawyers say

The decision by TF1 and M6 to scrap their highly-contentious merger may be the best possible outcome for France’s Competition Authority since it avoids appeals or a rare Phase III review, local observers have said.

21 September 2022

Spanish enforcer opposes government’s food price-fixing proposal

Spain’s antitrust watchdog has cautioned the national government against fixing prices for certain staple food products amid rising inflation, claiming this would violate both national and EU antitrust laws.

13 September 2022

Portugal focuses on public bid-rigging amid growing inflation concerns

Portugal’s antitrust enforcer has doubled down on its enforcement against public procurement cartels amidst rising inflation, while urging governments not to implement price controls to tackle the rising cost of living.

17 August 2022

Israeli minister urges EU and US enforcers to help local importers

Israel’s Ministry of Finance has asked EU and US competition enforcers to help it crack down on parallel import restrictions and other anticompetitive practices imposed on Israeli importers, alleging such conduct is exacerbating the country’s cost of living crisis.

11 August 2022

Egyptian enforcer cracks open criminal egg cartel case

The Egyptian Competition Authority has alleged that four egg brokers colluded to fix the price of egg cartons sold to retailers in several parts of the country for nearly two years.

02 August 2022

CMA seeks to remedy tender concern for high-speed rail project

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority is challenging a deal between two railway equipment providers over competition concerns centred on one tender related to the country’s High Speed 2 rail network, as the EU accepted a divestment remedy to clear the same merger.

19 July 2022

Romania amends competition law to tackle unjustified price hikes

The Romanian government has adopted emergency legislation that empowers the national antitrust authority to investigate unjustified price hikes and abuses of superior bargaining position under its competition law for the first time.

01 July 2022

South African court reinstates enforcer’s remedy breach notice on Coca-Cola bottler

South Africa’s Competition Appeal Court has criticised the competition tribunal for overstepping its merger remedy review powers when overturning the antitrust authority’s finding that a Coca-Cola bottler breached its merger commitments.

24 June 2022

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