Force tech giants to share data rather than break them up: academics

By |april 5th, 2019|Antitrust, data protection, EU antitrust, Facebook, GAFA, Google, Margrethe Vestager, News, Twitter|

EU antitrust regulators should consider forcing tech giants such as Google and Amazon to share their data with rivals rather than break them up, three academics enlisted by the European Commission said on Thursday (4 April).

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Spotify files EU antitrust complaint against Apple

By |marec 14th, 2019|Antitrust, Apple, EU antitrust, News, Spotify|

Spotify has filed a complaint with EU antitrust regulators against Apple, saying the iPhone maker unfairly limits rivals to its own Apple Music streaming service.

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Commission to strengthen anti-subsidies measures by end of year

By |marec 14th, 2019|China, EU antitrust, EU-China relations, News, state subsidies, trade defence instruments|

The European Commission will propose by the end of 2019 new measures to address the negative impact of foreign subsidies and state-owned companies, according to documents made available on Wednesday (13 March), as the EU aims for a more assertive tone ...

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Katainen ‘open’ to consider tweaks to competition policy

By |januar 9th, 2019|Alstom, EU antitrust, Jyrki Katainen, News, Siemens|

European Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen told journalists on Tuesday that he would be “open” to consider changes to update competition law in order to cope with the strong competition of US and China firms, but discarded reforming “entirely” antitrust rules as they worked “well”.

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Google appeals record EU fine over Android

By |oktober 10th, 2018|Android, EU antitrust, Google, Margrethe Vestager, News|

Google on Tuesday (9 October) appealed the biggest ever anti-trust fine by the EU, which imposed a 4.34 billion euro penalty on the US tech giant for illegally abusing the dominance of its operating system for mobile devices.

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Trump threatens EU for ‘taking advantage’ of the US

By |julij 20th, 2018|Donald Trump, EU antitrust, Google, Jean-Claude Juncker, News, trade wars, transatlantic relations|

US President Donald Trump yesterday (19 July) criticized the European Union over a record $5 billion fine EU antitrust regulators imposed on Google, saying the bloc was taking advantage of the United States. EU officials on Wednesday also ordered Googl...

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Bulgaria on collision course with EU in gas monopoly case

By |november 27th, 2017|Bulgarian Presidency, EU antitrust, Gas, gazprom, Gazprom probe, monopolies, News, Temenujka Petkova|

At a secret session on Saturday (24 November), the Bulgarian parliament decided not to recognise the European Commission’s positions with regard to a case of abuse of dominant position in the gas market by the Bulgarian Energy Holding (BEH) and its subsidiaries Bulgargaz and Bulgartransgaz.

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Agrifood mergers bad for farmers, experts warn

By |oktober 16th, 2017|Agrifood, anti-trust, anti-trust authority, Bayer, Bayer Monsanto merger, competition, DG competition, Dow Chemical and DuPont merger, EU antitrust, fertilisers, Monsanto, News, Pesticides, seed companies|

Mergers in the agrifood sector squeeze farmers’ income and consolidate current models of food production, aggravating environmental and social fallouts, according to experts, who warn that they also create barriers for victims of industrial disasters seeking justice.

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Commission orders Amazon to pay €250 million in back taxes

By |oktober 4th, 2017|Amazon, competition, digital economy, EU antitrust, News|

The European Commission ordered Luxembourg on Wednesday (4 October) to recover unpaid taxes worth around €250 million from the online sales giant Amazon, saying the country had granted Amazon's European arm "undue tax benefit" by allowing it to shift profits to a tax-exempt shell company.

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The EU’s expanding view of mergers

By |september 7th, 2017|anti-trust, competition regulation, EU antitrust, Luxottica Essilor, Merger, News|

The EU has stepped up its anti-trust game. But is looking at market share a flawed criterion to ensure consumers' interests? The forthcoming merger of eyewear giants Luxottica and Essilor will be telltale.

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