Competition

Public Affairs 20-02-2017

EURACTIV Metamorphosis: The story behind EURACTIV’s rebranding

As you discover our rebranded euractiv.com website today, we wanted to walk you through the changes that have been taking place at EURACTIV over the last 6 or so months.

08-02-2017

Car battery cartel ordered to pay €68 million fine

The European Commission fined three recycling companies a total of €68 million for creating a car battery cartel. Campine, Eco-Bat Technologies and Recylex were found to have fixed the prices of scrap automotive batteries, breaching EU antitrust rules.

08-02-2017

Steel chief: Brexit may help defend the EU from dumping

For every tonne of steel that we reduce from our production capacity, we find five imported tonnes at our border, Axel Eggert, the director general of the European Steel Association (EUROFER) told Euractiv Slovakia.

UK & Europe 19-01-2017

Gibraltar is ‘one EU entity’ with UK, ECJ says in Brexit gambling blow

Britain and Gibraltar count as one EU state in terms of a key aspect of the single market, a senior EU lawyer said Thursday, in an opinion that could effect the territory's life after Brexit.

12-01-2017

Football sticker giant Panini did not defy competition law, EU court rules

Europe’s top court has ruled that Italian company Panini did not breach competition rules or violate the terms of the single market in its sales of football stickers. EurActiv’s partner Italia Oggi reports.

Digital 10-01-2017

EU plans first laws on robotics

A European Parliament committee will look Thursday (12 January) at a draft resolution relating to the regulation of robotics. The text could become the basis for the first European legislation on automation and robots. EurActiv Germany reports.

19-12-2016

Festive EU gives approval to member state projects

The European Commission was in a giving mood just in time for Christmas today (19 December) as it greenlit a number of member state projects.

Euro & Finance 19-12-2016

Ireland set out arguments against EU in Apple tax ruling

Ireland set out its arguments on Monday (19 December) against a European Commission ruling that tech firm Apple should pay billions in back-taxes to Dublin, claiming the EU executive arm has interfered in state sovereignty.

Energy 01-12-2016

Privatisation of Greek gas grid operator DESFA fails

Greece said yesterday (30 November) that talks to sell a 66% stake in gas grid operator DESFA to Azerbaijan's state-owned oil company, SOCAR, were not successful.

Euro & Finance 17-11-2016

Stiglitz: US will have a ‘tax avoider-in-chief’ in White House

Countries that encourage tax evasion should miss out on free trade agreements and access to banking, according to economist Joseph Stiglitz who urged Europe to take the lead in fighting tax dodgers in the wake of Donald Trump’s victory in the United States. EurActiv Germany reports.

Margrethe Vestager [Commission]
Digital 07-11-2016

EU approves France’s scheme for very high speed broadband

European Union antitrust regulators today (7 November) approved France's €13 billion scheme to roll out very high speed broadband across the country, saying it did not unduly distort competition.

Berlin reluctant to top up Juncker’s piggy bank

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker wants the amount of funding made available by the EU’s investment plan, aka the Juncker Plan, to be doubled. But he faces strong opposition from Germany. EurActiv’s partner Der Taggespiegel reports.

Agrifood 27-09-2016

German researcher: Free trade can cushion impact of climate change on agriculture

Poor harvests, hunger and rising food prices: Climate change threatens food production around the world. The solution to all of this could be free trade, researcher Hermann Lotze-Campen told EurActiv Germany.

An economy of, by and for the people

Europe’s economy has clearly seen better days. Facing great technological and societal change, it is marred by a sluggish recovery and a lack of investment, write Reinhard Bütikofer and Philippe Lamberts.

Languages & Culture 22-09-2016

Spanish promotion of regional languages did not breach state aid rules

The European Commission cleared Spain on Tuesday (21 September) of any wrongdoing after investigating its granting of public subsidies to regional language schemes. EurActiv Spain reports.

Trade & Society 19-09-2016

Vestager’s poisoned Apple

Kicking the big guy in the shins is always a popular political diversion – particularly when the big guy in question is an American multinational, writes Dick Roche.

Euro & Finance 16-09-2016

Vestager: ‘We have Amazon and McDonald’s in the pipeline’

EXCLUSIVE / Margrethe Vestager, the EU’s competition Commissioner, has drawn praise and criticism regarding the Ireland-Apple case. In an interview with EurActiv.fr, she says Ireland’s appeal will actually strengthen the Commission’s case and says more tax rulings are in the pipeline, with Amazon and McDonald's coming next.

Global Europe 02-09-2016

Irish cabinet decides to fight EU on Apple tax

Ireland's cabinet agreed today (2 September) to join Apple in appealing against a multi-billion-euro back tax demand that the European Commission has slapped on the iPhone maker, despite misgivings among independents who back the fragile coalition.

Euro & Finance 31-08-2016

After Apple, EU may focus on companies closer to home

Multinational companies can expect the European Commission to press on with a crack down on sweetheart tax deals after handing Apple a breathtaking demand for €13 billion, officials and experts said on Wednesday (31 August).

Competition Commissioner Magrethe Vestager.
Digital 30-08-2016

Commission’s Apple tax clawback violates Irish sovereignty, claims Dublin

The European Commission today (30 August) hit Apple with a €13 billion clawback of unpaid taxes in Ireland, but Dublin branded the move a violation of its sovereignty and both the country and the US tech giant immediately said they would appeal the decision.

Margrethe Vestager
Digital 30-08-2016

EU says Apple must repay €13 billion over ‘illegal’ Irish tax deal

The European Commission said on Tuesday (30 August) that US tech company Apple must repay €13 billion in back taxes after ruling that a series of Irish tax deals were illegal.

12-08-2016

EU regulators to investigate Dow, DuPont on $130bn merger

EU antitrust regulators have opened a full investigation into Dow Chemical and DuPont's proposed $130 billion merger, saying the deal may reduce competition in crop protection, seeds and some petrochemicals. The European Commission said the deal, which would create the world's largest integrated crop protection and seeds company, may also hurt innovation. "The livelihood of farmers depends on access …

Health 27-07-2016

EU has chance to stop illegal tobacco trade

The trade in illicit tobacco is a massive problem, but the European Commission has been presented with a golden opportunity to strike a blow against the smugglers. But it must look long-term, writes Eric Lequenne.

Euro & Finance 19-07-2016

Commission’s private-sector ‘revolving door’ should work in public interest

Former Commission President Barroso’s job offer at Goldman Sachs has prompted outrage. But the real problem is the EU’s lack of transparency and democratic oversight. Interaction with the private sector through the so-called “revolving door” should be encouraged, write Katinka Brouwer, Penelope Bergkamp and Dr Lucas Bergkamp.