About: Antitrust

Energy 24-05-2018

As expected, Vestager lets Gazprom off the hook

The EU's antitrust regulators have ended their investigation into Gazprom without imposing any fines, the Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager announced on Thursday (24 May). The Russian gas giant welcomed the EU's decision and promised to reform.
Competition 27-02-2018

Visa to defend tourists’ card fees at EU antitrust hearing

Visa will today (27 March) try to fend off European Union antitrust charges that it subjects foreign tourists to excessive fees when they use their cards in the EU, people familiar with the matter said.
Competition 01-12-2017

Commission accuses AB InBev of blocking cheaper beer in Belgium

The European Commission on Thursday (30 November) accused the world's biggest brewer AB InBev of illegally blocking cheaper imports of local favourites Leffe and Jupiler into Belgium.
Agrifood 28-08-2017

Amazon starts price war on organic foods

Amazon announced discounts on “Whole Foods” products, soon after US antitrust authority and Whole Foods shareholders authorized the e-commerce giant to acquire the specialty organic foods chain. EURACTIV's partner Italia Oggi reports.
Digital 25-07-2017

Alphabet profit hit by EU fine on Google

Google parent Alphabet on Monday (24 July) saw shares slide as the market reacted to a massive fine by the European Commission and word that success in mobile, cloud and YouTube is coming with higher costs.
Competition 28-06-2017

Top 5 antitrust fines handed out by EU

The European Commission on Tuesday (27 June) hit Google with the biggest fine ever against a company for abuse of a dominant market position.
Energy 13-03-2017

EU-Gazprom deal clears Bulgaria of South Stream cancellation claims

The Commission published Gazprom's commitments on Monday (13 March) to end a five-year antitrust case and avoid fines heavy fines. As part of the package, Gazprom agreed not to seek any damages from its Bulgarian partners following the termination of South Stream.
Competition 08-03-2017

Commission fines car suppliers €155 million

Germany's Mahle Behr, France’s Valeo and four Japanese firms (Panasonic, Calsonic, Denso, Sanden) were accused on Wednesday (8 March) of taking part in one or more cartels
Digital 15-12-2016

EU dithering on Google probe is costing jobs

The EU’s antitrust case against Google should be widened to cover the local search market. Lack of competition in this domain harms consumers, EU companies and the Digital Single Market, writes Kostas Rossoglou.
Future EU 02-12-2016

Vestager: Men have had informal quotas for hundreds of years

Margrethe Vestager won the “European woman of power” award last night (1 December). She told EURACTIV.com in an interview that she supports gender quotas in the public institutions. She also said Günther Oettinger was the wrong Commissioner on the wrong plane.
Digital 22-11-2016

Avoiding the pitfalls of mobile fragmentation

With 500 million downloads in its first month, PokemonGo was last summer’s greatest hit. Hundreds, thousands, even millions of people began to spend hours glued to their smartphones in the hope of catching strange creatures.
Digital 26-08-2016

EU to help make online films, TV shows more available across borders

The European Commission wants to make it easier for broadcasters like the BBC and Germany's ZDF to make shows available online across the 28-nation EU under a planned copyright reform that is expected to meet fierce opposition from the media industry.
Competition 12-08-2016

EU regulators to investigate Dow, DuPont on $130bn merger

EU antitrust regulators have opened a full investigation into Dow Chemical and DuPont’s proposed $130 billion merger, saying the deal may reduce competition in crop protection, seeds and some petrochemicals. The European Commission said the deal, which would create the world’s largest...
Digital 14-07-2016

EU files fresh anti-trust charges against Google

The European Union filed new anti-trust charges against Google on Thursday (14 July), piling pressure on the US tech giant over the alleged abuse of its market dominance.
Energy 08-06-2016

EU regulators raid Romania’s Romgaz, Transgaz, OMV Petrom

EU antitrust regulators have raided Romanian state-owned gas producer Romgaz, gas pipeline operator Transgaz and top oil and gas firm OMV Petrom, over the suspected blocking of gas exports to other EU countries.
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.
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.
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.
Development Policy 24-02-2016

Western Union quizzed by EU on money transfer activities

US money transfer services provider Western Union has been questioned by antitrust regulators over its activities in Europe, focusing on whether agreements with its agents are anti-competitive.
Energy 19-01-2016

Ukraine says opposition to Nord Stream 2 is growing

On a visit to Brussels, Andriy Kobolev, the CEO of Ukraine’s state oil and gas company Naftogaz, met with EU officials and talked to the press, focusing mainly on the Gazprom-sponsored Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project, designed to bypass Ukraine.
Three Italian consumer organisations filed an antitrust complaint against McDonald's this week with the European Commission
Competition 13-01-2016

McDonalds’ most dedicated opponents find allies in Europe

Three Italian consumer organisations filed a complaint on Monday (11 January) alleging American fast food giant McDonald's is abusing its franchises in Europe through restrictive contracts and property rental arrangements.
Energy 10-12-2015

EU antitrust regulators accept concessions from Bulgaria’s BEH

European Union antitrust regulators today (10 December) accepted an offer from state-owned Bulgarian Energy Holding (BEH) to open up the Balkan country's wholesale electricity market.
Margrethe Vestager [Commission]
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.
Competition 08-09-2015

Commission clears partial takeover of Alstom by GE

The European Commission today (8 September) gave its blessing to GE’s partial takeover of Alstom's power generation portfolio.