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24/05/2016

Greater competition between pavement industries could save the public millions

Topic: competition


Transport 20-05-2016

IATA CEO: 'We need global standards on data collection'

EXCLUSIVE / CEO of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Tony Tyler, spoke with EurActiv.de about what the industry expects from Brussels' transport policy and the effect PNR will have on terrorism.
Energy 19-05-2016

Poland needs capacity market to avoid power shortages, says minister

Poland needs a power capacity market to help coal-fired power plants compete with producers of renewable energy and to avoid power shortages, the energy minister said on Wednesday (18 May).
Trade & Society 18-05-2016

Chinese ambassador: 'We already have a market economy status'

EXCLUSIVE / Shi Mingde, China's ambassador to Germany, spoke to EurActiv Germany about trade relations with the EU, Market Economy Status and the planned economic development of his country.
Health & Consumers 18-05-2016

Commission targets cancer-causing agents in new proposal

Millions of workers are exposed to cancer-causing substances such as quartz and hardwood every day. Now the European Commission is calling for maximum limits, but Brussels risks opening a Pandora's Box with its proposed regulations. EurActiv Germany reports.
Competition 13-05-2016

Investing in Europe's future: Toward sustainable and inclusive growth

Today, Europe is facing several challenges that require decision makers at both European and national level to cooperate, writes European Commission Vice-President, Jyrki Katainen.
Digital 12-05-2016

Franco-German big data paper backs case-by-case competition scrutiny

Whether digital companies with large data sets – such as Facebook, and its WhatsApp subsidiary – could impose a risk on competition has to be assessed on a case-by-case basis, German and French competition officials concluded on Tuesday (10 May). EurActiv’s partner PaRR reports.
Digital 11-05-2016

EU blocks Hutchison’s deal to buy Telefonica’s O2 UK

The European Union's competition regulator blocked on Wednesday (11 May) CK Hutchison Holdings' plan to become Britain's biggest mobile telecoms network operator, in a decision which also cast doubts on whether it can still win approval for another deal in Italy.
UK & Europe 10-05-2016

EasyJet CEO: Impact of Brexit ‘shouldn't be overestimated’

Budget airline EasyJet's chief-exec Carolyn McCall told EurActiv's partner WirtschaftsWoche why she's looking forward to fuel price increases and shared her thoughts on Brexit.
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.
Energy 22-02-2016

Legitimacy of Greece’s energy regulator questioned

The legitimacy of the selection process of Greece’s Regulatory Authority for Energy (RAE) executive board has been questioned, according to press reports in Athens.
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.
Digital 27-11-2015

Oettinger warns against monopolies ahead of new German telecoms rules

Digital Commissioner Günther Oettinger announced yesterday (26 November) that the Commission is getting ready to check upcoming changes in Germany's telecoms rules and determine whether they're anti-competitive.
Energy 19-11-2015

Greek energy market hindered by lack of competition

Greece’s geographical position could help it become an EU energy hub. But state monopolies are holding the country back, according to a Commission report. EurActiv Greece reports.
Digital 19-11-2015

Italy set to pull ahead of Brussels on online platform regulation

A vote next week in the Italian Parliament could create Europe's first regulation on online platforms. The MP who proposed the bill is meeting officials in Brussels this week while the European Commission considers drafting its own legislation.
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 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.   
Digital 25-08-2015

Digital platforms: Competition and government oversight

Catriona Meehan proposes a series of questions that governments should ask in order to ensure fair competition between digital platforms and app developers. 
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 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
Transport 08-07-2015

Greater competition between pavement industries could save the public millions

When it comes to building roads, increased competition between pavement industries can lower prices and save public money, writes Karl Downey.