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Guersent: EU working to estimate the cost of non-competition

The European Commission is currently “running an extensive project” to quantify the cost to society of failed competition, the director general of its competition arm has revealed.

25 October 2022

DG Comp officials explore metaverse antitrust enforcement

The developing metaverse will likely fall within the scope of the EU’s Digital Markets Act due to the legislation’s “future-proofing” nature, two officials from the EU’s antitrust authority have suggested.

21 October 2022

Switzerland: Merger Control Reform Could Have Big Impact, Especially for ‘National’ Markets

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Reform of Swiss merger control may have consequences for future mergers in its life sciences sector, particularly in markets defined as national in geographical scope, such as the distribution of drugs markets.

21 October 2022

Mexican market study finds competition restrictions in fuel market

Mexico’s competition authority has found a lack of effective competition in the distribution of liquefied petroleum gas to consumers in almost all local markets, paving the way for potential government price controls.

18 October 2022

Tanzanian tribunal blocks cement deal

Tanzania’s Fair Competition Tribunal has prohibited a tie-up between two cement companies due to concerns about their market power, five months after the country’s antitrust enforcer approved the acquisition.

13 October 2022

French enforcer fines regional gas supplier

France’s Competition Authority has ordered Bordeaux’s incumbent gas supplier to pay a €1 million abuse of dominance fine, after it concealed certain price deals from its customers, hindering the liberalisation of the market after it opened up to competition.

12 October 2022

Cut CMA some “slack” following market definition criticism, says CAT president

The president of the UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal has said the country’s antitrust authority should be cut some “slack” following criticism of errors in its market definition that led to the specialist court overturning its fine against a major price comparison site.

06 October 2022

Mexico: overview

Featured in Americas Antitrust Review 2023

Amendments to existing legislation and the implementation of new specific regulations have resulted in a stronger Mexican competition authority with a growing level of expertise that allows it to solve increasingly complex cases.

30 September 2022

Germany eyes sector inquiry break-up powers

Germany’s economic ministry has proposed giving the national antitrust watchdog heftier sector inquiry powers while making it easier for the agency to “skim off” profits gained from anticompetitive conduct.

21 September 2022

Saudi report flags competition concerns in automotive sector

Saudi Arabia’s antitrust enforcer has warned that competition in the country’s automotive sector needs a fix, after a report revealed concerns about possible abuse of dominance by original equipment manufacturers.

14 September 2022

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