EU: EC accuses BMW, Daimler, and VW of emissions collusion

EU: EC accuses BMW, Daimler, and VW of emissions collusion

The European Commission has formally accused BMW, VW, and Daimler of colluding to impede the rollout of emissions limiting technology. These companies—whose car brands include Mercedes, Audi, Volkswagen, Porsche, and BMW—are said to have limited and delayed the use of tech that would have reduced the emissions of diesel and petrol cars. Regulators accused the […]

EU: Daimler asks watchdog to probe Nokia patents

EU: Daimler asks watchdog to probe Nokia patents

German carmaker Daimler has complained to EU antitrust regulators about Nokia patents essential to car communications, reported Reuters. Daimler confirmed that it had lodged a complaint with the European Commission against Nokia. “We want clarification on how essential patents for telecommunications standards are to be licensed in the automotive industry,” the car maker said in […]

EU: Osborne Clarke grows its competition practice

EU: Osborne Clarke grows its competition practice

Osborne Clarke  announced the appointment of new partner, Steven Verschuur who will join the partnership on April 1, in Belgium. An expert in EU law with a focus on state aid, competition, merger control, and trade, Verschuur brings extensive experience in proceedings and investigations before the European Commission and the national competition authorities of Belgium […]

EU: Regulator accepts Hollywood studios, Sky UK concessions

EU: Regulator accepts Hollywood studios, Sky UK concessions

The European Commission has accepted commitments offered by top Hollywood film studios and Sky UK on their pay TV services that will allow European Union consumers to access films via satellite or online when they are outside Britain and Ireland, reported the Financial Times. Thursday’s agreement smashes the country-by-country licensing regime that has dominated the sales of […]

EU: Commission opens in-depth investigation Øresund fixed rail-road line

EU: Commission opens in-depth investigation Øresund fixed rail-road line

The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to assess whether Danish and Swedish public support for the Øresund fixed rail-road link is in line with EU State aid rules. This follows the EU General Court’s annulment of a previous Commission decision approving the support. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said, “The […]

EU: Regulators to probe UK power capacity scheme

EU: Regulators to probe UK power capacity scheme

EU state aid regulators opened an in-depth investigation into Britain’s capacity market scheme, three months after an EU court scrapped its 2014 decision approving the project. The Luxembourg-based General Court ordered the European Commission to get more details on certain elements of the mechanism which pays utilities to make electricity available at short notice. “The […]

EU: Juncker rejects criticism of mergers blocks

EU: Juncker rejects criticism of mergers blocks

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Tuesday the EU executive was not needlessly blocking corporate mergers, reported Bloomberg. In a speech to industrialists, Juncker said the Commission had only ever blocked 30 mergers and approved more than 6,000. “This is a message for those who are saying that the commission is composed of blind, […]

EU: EC okays €36M Polish aid for LG Chem electric car battery plant

EU: EC okays €36M Polish aid for LG Chem electric car battery plant

According to Reuters, EU antitrust regulators approved a Polish plan to grant €36 million (US$41.1 million) to South Korean company LG Chem’s electric vehicles batteries plant, saying that the project would boost regional development. The €325 million (US$371.4 million) project is expected to supply batteries for more than 80,000 electric cars per year in Europe […]

EU: Commission clears BASF’s acquisition of Solvay’s nylon business

EU: Commission clears BASF’s acquisition of Solvay’s nylon business

The European Commission on Friday cleared BASF’s acquisition of Solvay’s nylon assets after the two parties promised a remedy package addressing anti-trust concerns. The transaction is expected to close in the second half of 2019. The German chemical major announced its intention to acquire the assets in 2017 for €1.6bn. However, the EU antitrust authorities had asked […]

EU: EC recommends taxation of ports in Italy and Spain

EU: EC recommends taxation of ports in Italy and Spain

The European Commission has proposed, in two separate decisions, that Italy and Spain align their taxation of ports with State aid rules. Cross-border competition plays an important role in the ports sector and the Commission is committed to ensuring a level playing field in this key economic sector. Ports carry out both non-economic which typically […]