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30/09/2016

EU preparing to charge Gazprom in antitrust case

Topic: EU antitrust


Transport 18-07-2016

Truck cartel to get heavy EU fine: sources

European Union regulators are set to inflict a record fine this week against several of Europe's biggest truck-makers that are accused of colluding to rig higher prices, sources close to the matter told AFP.
Transport 28-04-2016

Divisive rail rules held up by UK, Germany, France and Greece

EU member states are still squabbling over draft rules that will open up railway markets to competition, even after negotiators struck a deal last week on the long debated file.
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 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.
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.
Europe's East 21-09-2015

Russia to seek out-of-court settlement of Gazprom antitrust case

Gazprom has sent proposals to the European Commission regarding an out-of-court settlement of an antitrust case against the company, the Interfax news agency quoted a company official as saying today (21 September).
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 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.
Competition 13-03-2015

Commission told to apologise over Euribor rate-rigging inquiry

The European Commission was told yesterday (12 March) to apologise and put in place stricter guidelines on public statements regarding open investigations, after the EU Ombudsman found a Commissioner made biased statements during a cartel inquiry into the Euribor rate-ringing scandal.
Digital 26-11-2014

US voices concern over Google break-up motion

The United States voiced concern yesterday (25 November) over a draft plan by two MEPs to break up Google Inc, saying politicians should not influence the EU's antitrust inquiry into the world's most popular Internet search engine.
Competition 03-10-2014

Vestager dodges questions on Google probe, Irish tax loophole

Margrethe Vestager, the Commissioner-designate for Competition, avoided giving detailed answers to the EU's antitrust probe into Google, as well as the ongoing investigation of tax avoidance by multinationals in Ireland, during her confirmation hearing in the European Parliament on Thursday (2 October).
Digital 04-09-2014

EU fines SIM card chip cartel €138 million

European Union antitrust regulators fined Philips, Samsung Electronics and Infineon Technologies a total of €138 million on Wednesday (3 September) for fixing prices of chips used in mobile SIM cards.

EU drops antitrust probe into luxury watch makers

EU antitrust regulators scrapped on Tuesday (29 July) a probe into the refusal by several luxury watch makers to supply spare parts to independent repairers, saying they saw only a limited possibility of finding any wrongdoing.
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Competition 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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Competition 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.
Euro & Finance 06-06-2014

EU court ruling to prompt consumer damages claims against cartels

Companies found guilty of taking part in cartels are likely to face more damages lawsuits from victims after Europe's top court said that cartel members could be found liable for price rises initiated by rival businesses outside the cartel.
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Competition 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 30-04-2014

Almunia: Motorola action against Apple illegal

The European Commission used antitrust rules on Tuesday to prevent telecoms restricting competition, by using court orders for patent infringements on industry standard technology.
Competition 06-02-2014

Brussels reaches antitrust deal with Google, gets scolded

The EU’s competition commissioner, Joaquín Almunia, announced yesterday (5 February) that he had reached a deal with Google, solving a longstanding dispute over alleged abuse of its dominant market position for internet searches. Plaintiffs dismissed the effort, demanding a say before the agreement is confirmed.
Competition 03-10-2013

EU preparing to charge Gazprom in antitrust case

EU regulators are preparing to charge Russian gas export monopoly Gazprom with abusing its dominant position in central and eastern Europe, the EU's antitrust chief said on Thursday, in a move that could lead to a fine of up to €11 billion.