Competition

14-04-2021

Czech lawmakers reject quotas on domestic goods in supermarkets to avert EU clash

Czech lawmakers rejected plans to require supermarkets to sell mainly domestically produced food on Tuesday (13 April), removing the measure from a bill on food quality to avoid clashes with the European Commission over EU single market rules.
08-04-2021

Greater corporate tax transparency is also good for business

Far from making life harder for business, public country-by-country reporting will actually improve relations with investors, and benefit both companies and consumers, writes Elena Gaita.
A contingent of 40 pan-European tech companies has penned a letter to MEPs, calling for members to support bolstered interoperability requirements in the Digital Markets Act.
Digital 30-03-2021

EU SMEs in bid for greater interoperability in Digital Markets Act

Forty pan-European tech companies have penned a letter to MEPs calling for support for bolstered interoperability requirements in the Digital Markets Act (DMA) while stressing the importance of keeping the rules aligned to developments in the area across EU nations.
The European Court of Justice has been asked to clarify whether Germany's competition authority can order Facebook to put a halt to its data collection practices, due to concerns over alleged abuse of its dominant position and violations of EU data protection law.  
Data protection 24-03-2021

German legal dispute over Facebook data use sent to European Court of Justice

The European Court of Justice has been asked to clarify whether Germany's competition authority was right to order Facebook to halt its data collection practices, due to concerns over alleged abuse of its dominant market position and violations of EU data protection law.
18-03-2021

Don’t impose new tax reporting burden on EU businesses

The competitiveness of European businesses is at risk if EU introduces unilateral public country-by-country reporting, writes Krister Andersson.
16-03-2021

Poland, Hungary win court fight against EU Commission over turnover taxes

Europe's top court ruled on Monday (16 March) that Polish and Hungarian taxes on turnover targeted by the EU Commission for giving an unfair advantage to small businesses over their bigger, foreign rivals were legal.
09-02-2021

Massive German state aid to virus-hit firms? Others in EU doing as much or more: Vestager

Concerns that Germany may have an unfair competitive advantage because of billions of euros pumped into its virus-hit companies are not backed by data which show other EU states doing as much if not more for their businesses, Europe's antitrust chief said.
Aviation 04-02-2021

Air France, unions rail against EU bailout conditions

Air France and its pilot unions protested on Wednesday (3 February) against EU demands that the airline give up takeoff and landing slots at its Paris base in return for government aid.
Economy & Jobs 03-02-2021

Britain sketches out post-Brexit state aid scheme

Britain wants to establish a more flexible system of subsidy rules than those in place when it was a member of the European Union, business minister Kwasi Kwarteng said on Wednesday (3 February).
Transport 04-01-2021

Peugeot, Fiat merger to be sealed by shareholders

The shareholders of France's PSA and US-Italian rival Fiat Chrysler are expected to approve their merger on Monday (4 January), creating the world's fourth-biggest automaker by volume, Stellantis.
Transport 21-12-2020

Fiat-Chrysler and Peugeot get merger green light

The European Commission approved a team-up between Italo-American carmaker Fiat-Chrysler and French manufacturer Peugeot on Monday (21 December), but Brussels identified several concerns which the firms have pledged to address.
16-12-2020

Speed skating’s tough rules carved up by EU court

Eligibility rules imposed by the governing body of professional ice skating are not in keeping with the EU’s competition codex because they unfairly penalise competitors, the EU’s top court ruled on Wednesday (16 December).
Aviation 14-12-2020

France injects billions of euros into favoured airlines

The French government is reportedly going to increase its stake in national carrier Air France, in a move that will shore up the airline with up to €5 billion, and has also won EU support for its plan to help Corsair ride out the pandemic.
The scope of online platforms that will come under new regulatory prohibitions as part of the Commission's forthcoming Digital Markets Act (DMA) will be narrowly targeted to a set of 'big operators,' the EU executive has revealed.
Digital 09-12-2020

Blacklist prohibitions to be ‘very limited’ to large platforms, Commission says

The scope of online platforms that will come under new regulatory prohibitions as part of the  European Commission's forthcoming Digital Markets Act (DMA) will be narrowly targeted to a set of 'big operators,' the EU executive has revealed.
Aviation 09-12-2020

Ryanair sues at EU’s top court over KLM’s €3.4bn bailout

Irish low-cost airline Ryanair has launched legal action against the European Commission over its decision to approve the Dutch government’s €3.4 billion in state aid for national carrier KLM.
Shipping 04-12-2020

Italy’s port tax perks against EU rules, Vestager warns

Italy’s regime of offering corporate tax-exemption to its ports and harbours is a breach of EU competition rules, the European Commission announced on Friday (4 December), giving the government until 1 January 2022 to ditch the tax perks.
Global Europe 25-11-2020

EU ombudsman criticises BlackRock contract

The EU’s ombudsman on Wednesday (25 November) reproached the European Commission for a contract with BlackRock, the world’s biggest asset manager, to study sustainable finance regulations which raised conflict-of-interest questions. Emily O’Reilly, whose role is to be an ethics watchdog...
EU auditors have questioned the effectiveness of antitrust fines dished out by the European Commission, as part of a landmark audit of the EU executive's role as an enforcer of competition rules.
Digital 19-11-2020

Commission has never evaluated ‘deterrence effect’ of antitrust fines, auditors say

EU auditors have questioned the effectiveness of antitrust fines dished out by the European Commission, as part of a landmark audit of the EU executive's role as an enforcer of competition rules.
Digital 21-10-2020

US slaps Google with antitrust suit, eyes possible breakup

The US government filed a blockbuster lawsuit accusing Google of maintaining an "illegal monopoly" in online search and advertising in the country's biggest antitrust case in decades -- opening the door to a potential breakup of the Silicon Valley titan.
Economy & Jobs 13-10-2020

EU set to get WTO green light for US tariffs

One year after sanctioning the EU for its support of Airbus, the World Trade Organization is expected Tuesday (13 October) to let the bloc impose sanctions on the United States for aid to Boeing.
Global Europe 07-10-2020

Poland slaps €6.45 billion fine on Gazprom over Nord Stream 2 pipeline

Poland's anti-monopoly watchdog on Wednesday (7 October) said it was demanding Russian gas giant Gazprom pay a €6.45 billion fine over the Nord Stream 2 pipeline linking Russia to Germany.
02-10-2020

EU to launch review of state aid rules in early 2021

The European Commission will launch a ‘comprehensive review’ of EU competition rules in early 2021, Ursula von der Leyen said on Friday (2 October).
Global Europe 25-09-2020

Cambodia’s textile industry takes EU to court in bid to restore trade perks

Cambodia's garment manufacturers association has brought up a case against the European Commission at the EU court of justice following the withdrawal of duty-free and quota-free access to the EU market over the summer.

EU considers allowing more state aid to boost green projects

European Union governments may be allowed to grant more state aid to projects that help the bloc achieve its climate goals, Europe’s antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager said on Tuesday (22 September), calling such an incentive a “green bonus”.