Competition

09-09-2020

German trust busters get a sharper sword

Germany's ruling coalition has reached an agreement on the amendment to the 62-year old Act against Restraints of Competition (GWB). In the future, authorities will take stronger action against online giants that abuse their market power. EURACTIV Germany reports.
French Economy and Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire criticised Apple's market dominance in the EU on Tuesday, and said that the bloc's 'New Competition Tool' should rectify market imbalances in the digital economy.
Digital 08-09-2020

Le Maire hits out at Apple’s market dominance in EU

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire criticised the dominance of foreign firms in European marketplaces on Tuesday (8 September), directly referencing US tech giant Apple's power in the digital arena and calling for the creation of more 'European champions.'
Europe's online marketplaces shouldn't be controlled by a small handful of dominant gatekeeper platforms, the EU's Digital Chief Margarethe Vestager has said, referring to her bid to reign in the market dominance of tech giants through the EU's forthcoming new competition tool.
Digital 08-09-2020

Vestager: Gatekeeper platforms shouldn’t control Europe’s online marketplaces

Europe's online marketplaces should not be controlled by a handful of dominant gatekeeper platforms, the EU's digital chief Margarethe Vestager has said, referring to her bid to reign in the market dominance of tech giants through the EU's forthcoming new competition tool.
Aviation 04-09-2020

Alitalia’s €200m virus aid cleared for landing by EU

The European Commission gave its blessing on Friday (4 September) to the Italian government’s plan to pump €199.45 million into Alitalia, in another example of Rome throwing money at its embattled flag-carrying airline.
11-08-2020

Facebook, Microsoft gripes with Apple’s App Store on EU’s antitrust radar

Facebook and Microsoft's grievances over how their gaming apps appear on Apple's App Store may feed into an EU investigation into the iPhone maker's business as EU antitrust regulators said such concerns are on their radar.
04-08-2020

EU launches ‘in-depth’ probe of Google bid for Fitbit

The European Commission launched an "in-depth investigation" on Tuesday (4 August) into whether US tech giant Google's planned €1.7 billion purchase of smartwatch maker Fitbit would give it an unfair market advantage.
Railways 31-07-2020

EU clears creation of world’s second-largest trainmaker

The European Commission on Friday (31 July) signed off on a merger between French trainmaker Alstom and the rail arm of Canadian firm Bombardier, setting a number of competition criteria in the process.
Digital 30-07-2020

Vestager calls for EU-US ‘common vision’ on platform competition policy

Worldwide jurisdictions and particularly the EU and the US should formulate "common visions" on how best to regulate competition in the platform economy, the Commission's digital chief Margrethe Vestager has said.
Digital 30-07-2020

Facebook accused of ‘copy, acquire and kill’ tactics in US antitrust hearing 

Social media giant Facebook has come in for heavy criticism as part of a US congressional hearing into the dominance of online tech platforms, being accused of ‘copy, acquire and kill’ tactics as part of its history in acquiring smaller...
Digital 28-07-2020

Commission eyes US GAFA hearing for future competition challenges

The heads of US tech giants Facebook, Amazon, Google and Apple are set to testify in a US congressional hearing on Wednesday (29 July) as part of an ongoing probe into the dominance of digital platforms. For the EU, the hearing could provide a valuable insight into how to address competition challenges in the digital economy.
Railways 24-07-2020

Spain agrees on terms to open up railway market

Spain's competition watchdog approved criteria on Thursday (23 July) which will allow private companies to compete with state-owned rail operator Renfe's medium-distance and local services, while safeguarding its financial stability.
Aviation 13-07-2020

Vestager hails KLM’s ‘very good’ €3.4bn bailout

The European Commission has approved the Dutch government’s €3.4 billion support package for national airline KLM, despite criticism levelled at conditions linked to pay cuts.
Railways 09-07-2020

Alstom offers factory sale in return for Bombardier merger approval

France’s TGV high-speed train maker Alstom on Thursday (9 July) offered to sell a French rail factory and make other concessions to win European Commission approval for its planned purchase of Bombardier Inc’s transportation business.
Railways 03-07-2020

Austria’s trains take over short-haul flight route

Austrian Airlines will cease operating its Vienna-Salzburg route, the flag-carrier announced on Thursday (2 July). Instead, the service will be replaced by more direct trains, in an effort to honour the terms of the government's recent bailout deal.
Railways 02-07-2020

Alstom ready to sell assets to get EU merger approval

French TGV high-speed train maker Alstom is prepared to sell assets to secure early EU antitrust approval for its bid for Bombardier Inc's rail division, people familiar with the matter said.
01-07-2020

Coronavirus prompts airline nationalisation spree

Portugal and Italy are both flirting with bringing their flag-carrying airlines under state-ownership to combat the economic hardships caused or exacerbated by the global pandemic.
Aviation 26-06-2020

Dutch government unveils KLM rescue plan

The Netherlands' national airline, KLM, is set for a €3.4 billion bailout package should it meet certain employment, financial and sustainability targets, the Dutch government announced on Friday (26 June). It still requires regulatory approval from Brussels.
Aviation 25-06-2020

Lufthansa’s €9bn mega-bailout cleared for takeoff

Lufthansa shareholders and the European Commission both approved Berlin’s €9 billion rescue package on Thursday (25 June), as the German airline continues to struggle to ride out the economic slump caused by the coronavirus.
Aviation 23-06-2020

‘Ghost flights’ issue returns to haunt airports and airlines

Airport and airline operators are already locked in a spat about whether a rules waiver granted by the EU back in March should be extended, although a decision is not due until mid-September.
23-06-2020

EU warns of competition concerns over LSE’s $27 billion bid for Refinitiv

European Union antitrust regulators on Monday (22 June) warned about the possible anti-competitive effects of the London Stock Exchange's $27 billion bid for data and analytics company Refinitiv as they launched a four-month investigation into the deal.
Transport 18-06-2020

Fiat-Chrysler’s Peugeot mega-merger to face EU scrutiny

The European Commission confirmed on Wednesday (17 June) that a proposed tie-up between Italo-American motor group Fiat-Chrysler and French carmaker Peugeot would be subject to an in-depth antitrust probe.
17-06-2020

EU seeks to beef up its defences against foreign subsidies

The European Commission outlined on Wednesday (17 June) new tools to address the disruption caused by subsidised foreign companies operating in the single market, including the possibility to block the acquisition of European firms.
Economy & Jobs 16-06-2020

Brussels launches investigation against Apple for abusive practices

The European Commission opened two parallel investigations into Apple on Tuesday (16 June) to see whether the US tech giant has excluded rivals and imposed unfair conditions on 'app' developers via its Apple Store and its payment service Apple Pay.
12-06-2020

Weaponizing transparency: Dealing with security risks of Chinese investments

Increasing transparency is a key measure to manage and mitigate many security risks posed by Chinese investments into sensitive sectors. Slovakia's experience in fighting shell corporations and oligarchs offers an example of how to do it, writes Matej Šimalčík.
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