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30/04/2016

Brussels orders EDF to return €1.37 billion in state aid

Competition


Digital 28-04-2016

Google defiant in face of EU claims

The European Commission’s charges on Google Android are likely to result in a lengthy dispute as analysts understand the internet giant will put up a vigorous defence to all charges. EurActiv's partner PaRR reports.
Digital 20-04-2016

EU opens new Google battle with Android charges

The EU opened a new battle front against Google on Wednesday (20 April), slapping the US giant with anti-trust charges alleging it had abused the dominance of its Android mobile phone operating system.
Energy 12-04-2016

Greek energy industry: Syriza plays favourites in excise tax vote

Under the nose of the Troika, the Greek government passed an amendment exempting from an excise tax natural gas used by industries as raw material, favoring a single industrial sector.
Euro & Finance 29-02-2016

Romania sets sights on EU funding with new 'competitiveness council'

Bucharest is to establish a National Council for Competitiveness in the hope of attracting EU funding. EurActiv Romania reports.
Development Policy 24-02-2016

Western Union quizzed by EU on money transfer activities

US money transfer services provider Western Union has been questioned by antitrust regulators over its activities in Europe, focusing on whether agreements with its agents are anti-competitive.
Competition 12-02-2016

EU hits China with new steel anti-dumping probes

The EU launched new probes today (12 February) into imports of Chinese steel, warning it would not allow "unfair competition" to threaten Europe's industry already crumbling under a flood of cheap imports.
Competition 02-02-2016

Greek government accused of targeting independent authorities

The Syriza-led government is under attack over its alleged efforts to take control of country’s independent authorities.
Competition 13-01-2016

McDonalds' most dedicated opponents find allies in Europe

Three Italian consumer organisations filed a complaint on Monday (11 January) alleging American fast food giant McDonald's is abusing its franchises in Europe through restrictive contracts and property rental arrangements.
Competition 17-12-2015

Commission silent over Greece’s distorted energy market

The European Commission has kept its distance from a loss-making state-owned enterprise that has derailed energy competition in Greece.
Competition 17-11-2015

Greek beer market investigation exposes EU competition weaknesses

A ten-year long competition investigation into the Greek beer market has raised questions over the European Commission’s ability to enforce fair competition in the EU member states. EurActiv Greece reports.
Competition 16-11-2015

Emirates urges caution on EU-level aviation agreement with Gulf countries

Emirates airlines fears that its flying rights could be frozen if the European Commission is allowed to use aviation negotiations with Persian Gulf countries as a way to challenge state subsidies to Gulf carriers.
Competition 05-11-2015

Vestager wants national antitrust agencies to go digital

EU antitrust regulators are seeking public feedback over how to strengthen national competition authorities in the 28-country bloc, with some currently limited in their access to cloud-based information.


Competition 15-10-2015

China loses WTO appeal in stainless steel dispute with EU, Japan

China lost an appeal ruling yesterday (14 October) in a World Trade Organization dispute in which Japan and the European Union had complained about Chinese use of anti-dumping duties on high performance, seamless stainless steel tubes.
Competition 02-10-2015

Lowering natural gas taxes a 'lifeline' for Greek industry, says study

A reduction of natural gas taxation in Greece could boost industry competitiveness and simultaneously increase the much-awaited tax revenues, a recent study showed.   
Sports 30-09-2015

F1 teams file EU complaint over ‘unlawful’ revenue sharing

The Sauber and Force India teams have filed a complaint with European Union authorities about what they see as unfair and "unlawful" practices in Formula One's governance and distribution of revenues.
Competition 18-09-2015

Footballers ask Commission to abolish transfer system

The world union for footballers called for the transfer system to be “abolished” on Friday (18 September), and slapped in an EU legal challenge to FIFA that could ban transfer windows and drive down the price of players.
Competition 08-09-2015

Commission clears partial takeover of Alstom by GE

The European Commission today (8 September) gave its blessing to GE’s partial takeover of Alstom's power generation portfolio.
Competition 14-08-2015

EU gives Google until the end of August to answer antitrust charges

Google, the world's most popular Internet search engine, has been given an extra two weeks to counter European Union charges of abusing its market power in a dozen EU countries and stave off a possible billion-euro fine.
Competition 29-07-2015

EU probes Disneyland Paris for alleged price discrimination

The European Union said on Tuesday (28 July) it is probing whether Disneyland Paris is overcharging customers from certain countries in breach of the bloc's laws.
Competition 28-07-2015

French farmers warn of further protests, as blockades sparks anger in Germany

French farmers furious over falling food prices stopped as many as 400 lorries bringing produce from Germany for several hours on Monday (27 July), as a similar protest took place near the Spanish border.
Competition 28-07-2015

Alstom offers concessions to keep GE deal on track

Alstom is to accept €300 million less than previously agreed for its power turbines unit from General Electric as a contribution to the US-based buyer's efforts to win antitrust clearance in Europe.
Competition 28-07-2015

Brussels orders France to reclaim Ryanair subsidies

The European Commission has taken Paris to court for failing to recover nearly €10 million in anticompetitive subsidies paid to Ryanair and Transavia. EurActiv France reports
Competition 23-07-2015

Top Hollywood studios face EU antitrust probe

The EU accused six top Hollywood studios and the Sky TV pay channel today (23 July) of breaching antitrust laws, in the latest salvo in Brussels' efforts to break down digital barriers in Europe.
Competition 23-07-2015

Brussels orders EDF to return €1.37 billion in state aid

Tax breaks received by French energy giant EDF in 1997 violated European competition law, the European Commission has ruled. EurActiv France reports