Competition

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30-11-2017

EU regions insist on fair competition for citizens and businesses alike

Local and regional representatives are calling on Commissioner Margrethe Vestager for a flexible approach when enforcing EU competition rules.

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Brexit 06-10-2017

Tweets of the Week: May speaks, Vestager takes on Amazon, and the EP debates Catalonia

Theresa May yet again looks a fool, Vestager says tax dodging ’s not cool and MEPs talk Catalonia self-rule.

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.

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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.

22-04-2015

Brussels charges Gazprom with market abuse

The European Commission charged Gazprom on Wednesday (22 April) with abusing its dominant market position in Central and Eastern European gas markets.

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10-07-2014

Commission fines pharmaceutical companies for drug-delay deals

The European Commission on Wednesday imposed fines totaling €427.7 million on the French pharmaceutical company Servier and five producers of generic medicines – Niche/Unichem, Matrix (now part of Mylan), Teva, Krka and Lupin – for concluding a series of deals of deals all aimed at protecting Servier's bestselling blood pressure medicine, perindopril, from price competition by generics in the EU.

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Digital 13-06-2014

EU’s top court backs Commission antitrust fine to Intel

The European Court of Justice confirmed on Thursday the 1.4 billion dollars fine that the European Commission imposed on Intel after an antitrust investigation.

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20-05-2014

Commission accuses Crédit Agricole, HSBC, JPMorgan of rigging

The European Commission informed Crédit Agricole, HSBC and JPMorgan on Tuesday of its preliminary view that they may have breached EU antitrust rules by colluding to influence the pricing of interest rate derivatives denominated in the euro currency. The sending of a statement of objections does not prejudge the final outcome of the investigation.

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20-05-2014

Commission to close Google antitrust case after summer

The European Commission plans to issue a final decision on their competition probe into Google after the summer break, the EU's antitrust chief said, after rivals such as Microsoft complained about how Google displays Internet search results.

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Digital 05-02-2014

Google and EU reach deal on antitrust case

In its third attempt to avoid a $5 billion fine, Google has committed to address competition concerns raised by the European Commission on how rivals appear in search results.
The biggest search engine in the world has been the focus of a Commission investigation since 2010, when complainants from competitors across Europe accused the company of promoting its own services at their expense.

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14-01-2014

Almunia launches investigation on cross-border TV

The European Commission opened on Monday formal antitrust proceedings to examine certain provisions in licensing agreements between several major US film studios (Twentieth Century Fox, Warner Bros., Sony Pictures, NBCUniversal, Paramount Pictures) and the largest European pay-TV broadcasters such as BSkyB of the UK, Canal Plus of France, Sky Italia of Italy, Sky Deutschland of Germany and DTS of Spain.

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18-12-2013

Brussels will investigate Barça, Real Madrid over illegal state aid

The European Commission will begin disciplinary action against seven Spanish clubs including Real Madrid and Barcelona over possible illegal state aid, EU Commissioner for Competition Joaquin Almunia said on Wednesday.

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10-04-2013

EU to investigate MasterCard over card fees

EU regulators are investigating whether MasterCard's card fees for non-European cardholders and business practices violate EU antitrust rules, as they stepped up their fight against barriers to cross-border trade.