Work Area: Market Studies & Inquiries

Dutch enforcer wants legislative fix for cloud competition concerns

The Dutch competition authority has proposed amendments to the draft European Data Act, after its cloud computing sector inquiry identified interoperability concerns in the already highly concentrated market.

05 September 2022

Waitrose removes anticompetitive clauses to resolve CMA concerns

Waitrose has agreed to remove unlawful clauses from leases that prevented competing supermarkets from opening new stores in certain locations, two years after the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority found a rival retailer breached the same order.

05 September 2022

CMA warns proposed rail reforms could harm competition

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has said the government’s proposal to allow rail operators to share information to improve passenger services is a prima facie competition law risk but a “well-designed” regime could curtail its concerns.

30 August 2022

New Zealand threatens price regulation if supermarkets don’t open up wholesale arms

New Zealand’s government has ordered the country’s supermarket duopolists to voluntarily provide rivals with fair access to their wholesale products or face price regulation.

26 August 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

ACCC launches inquiry into social media services

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has launched an inquiry into the state of competition for social media services, including how businesses use display advertising, sponsored posts and paid influencers to engage with and advertise to consumers.

16 August 2022

EU seeks independent studies on digital remedies and state of competition

The European Commission has issued two separate tender requests seeking external studies into the effectiveness of its remedies in past digital cases and the state of competition in the bloc.

12 August 2022

Rebates stunting competition in residential building supplies market, NZCC finds

New Zealand’s antitrust authority has encouraged companies in the residential building supplies market to reconsider the use of quantity-based rebates ahead of next year’s introduction of an effects test for the country’s misuse of market power rules.

03 August 2022

France refines cloud sector inquiry

France’s Competition Authority has proposed honing in on so-called “hyperscaler” technology companies that could use vertical integration or other competitive advantages to boost their positions in the cloud services sector.

20 July 2022

South Africa urges Google to make paid advertising boxes more competitive

South Africa’s antitrust enforcer is urging Google to allow rivals to compete more easily for prominence on its search engine and has proposed capping application store commission fees after two years of a digital markets inquiry.

15 July 2022

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