EU: German EC candidate calls for “political” competition rules

EU: German EC candidate calls for “political” competition rules

According to the Financial Times, Manfred Weber, a German MEP and “lead candidate” for the European People’s Party wants the next European Commission to behave “more politically” when making key decisions over merger rules and state-aid. Brussels should be ready to make “political” use of its powerful competition rules to foster the creation of European […]

EU: Bury joins Daimler in calling for Nokia patent probe

EU: Bury joins Daimler in calling for Nokia patent probe

German electronics company Bury has asked European Union antitrust regulators to investigate Nokia’s licensing practices on patents essential to car communications, the second such complaint after Daimler. While companies with key patents are expected to offer these on fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms, the lack of clear rules on calculating license fees and terms inevitably […]

EU: Angela Merkel’s call for EU tech reform

EU: Angela Merkel’s call for EU tech reform

German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned Sunday, March 31, in a speech to mark the opening of the Hannover Messe that the EU needed to become more competitive in next-generation industrial technologies, reported the Deutsche World. “I’m not entirely sure if we have the foundation necessary for us to compete globally,” she said, adding that “Europeans […]

EU: Macron, Xi, Merkel and Juncker hold talks in Paris

EU: Macron, Xi, Merkel and Juncker hold talks in Paris

French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday said competition between the European Union and China must not lead to a breakdown in world trade systems or political isolationism, as his Chinese counterpart promised to work side-by-side with Europe. Macron, who invited German Chancellor Angela Merkel and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to talks with Xi Jinping in […]

The Global Dominance of European Competition Law Over American Antitrust Law

Posted by Social Science Research Network The Global Dominance of European Competition Law Over American Antitrust Law By Anu Bradford (Columbia University), Adam S. Chilton (University of Chicago), Katerina Linos (University of California) & Alex Weaver (Linklaters The world’s biggest consumer markets — the European Union and the United States — have adopted different approaches […]

EU: General Court rules Italian bank rescue legal

EU: General Court rules Italian bank rescue legal

European Union judges ruled on Tuesday, March 19, that Italy’s rescue plan for an ailing bank five years ago was legal, prompting calls for compensation for savers who subsequently faced stricter terms because Brussels had rigidly interpreted the bloc’s rules. In a blow to EU antitrust regulators, the General Court annulled a European Commission decision […]

EU: Commission says Serbia’s TurkStream branch to impede competition

EU: Commission says Serbia’s TurkStream branch to impede competition

The European Union’s energy watchdog said on Thursday a planned section of Gazprom’s TurkStream pipeline set to carry Russian natural gas across Serbia to Europe will hurt competition in the region. Serbian energy regulator AERS gave Gastrans the go-ahead this week to proceed with the project, exempting it from the EU’s Third Energy Package, a […]

EU: Regulators are studying how the car repairs market works

EU: Regulators are studying how the car repairs market works

European Union regulators are studying how the car repairs market works following demands from customers for more competition, but have not opened a case, the bloc’s antitrust chief said on Monday, March 4. The study will look at carmakers including Renault, Jaguar Land Rover, Peugeot, and software vendor Accenture, European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager told […]

Copyright and Geoblocking: The Consequences of Eliminating Geoblocking

Posted by Social Science Research Network Copyright and Geoblocking: The Consequences of Eliminating Geoblocking By Marketa Trimble (University of Nevada) Geoblocking has become a common companion of copyrighted content on the internet; even streaming services can make streamed copyrighted content available or unavailable according to the location of their users. There are various reasons for […]

EU: Commission raids salmon farmers in suspected cartel

EU: Commission raids salmon farmers in suspected cartel

According to antitrust regulators raided salmon farms in several European Union countries on Tuesday, including some owned by Norway’s Mowi, in a suspected cartel inquiry. “The Commission has concerns that the inspected companies may have violated EU antitrust rules that prohibit cartels and restrictive business practices,” it said in a statement. While the Commission did […]

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