About: Joaquín Almunia

Digital 24-06-2015

EU heeds telecoms call for lighter regulation, network investment

Policy executives from Orange, Deutsche Telekom and BT urged a step back in regulations on Tuesday (23 June), arguing they discourage private investment.

EU charges Google in antitrust case

The European Union accused the search engine Google on Wednesday (15 April) of cheating competitors by distorting Internet search results to favour its shopping service, and launched another antitrust investigation into its Android mobile operating system.
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 24-11-2014

EU lawmakers to vote on Google break-up motion on Thursday

EU lawmakers will likely vote on Thursday (27 November) on a motion proposing the breaking up of Google and other Internet technology companies, increasing political pressure on the bloc's antitrust regulators to take a stronger line on the search giant.
Margrethe Vestager at the Parliament hearing [European Parliament / Flickr]

Vestager needs to blaze a new trail in public communication

As the new Competition Commissioner settles into the role, she should take the opportunity of her arrival to clarify how the EU executive communicates on competition cases, write Alec Burnside and Anne MacGregor, since the issue has landed her predecessor in hot water.

EU’s Almunia says up to successor to decide on Android, forex investigations

Joaquín Almunia, the EU's outgoing antitrust chief, will not open formal investigations into Google's mobile operating system Android, nor into banks suspected of rigging the foreign exchange market, but will leave the decisions to his successor.
Energy 08-10-2014

EU approves British nuclear project with EDF

A British plan to guarantee the price of power from its first new nuclear project in decades won European Union backing in a landmark ruling on Wednesday (8 October) that threatens to trigger legal challenges.
Competition 24-09-2014

Google warned about self-promotion in search results

Google Inc, the target of an EU antitrust investigation into its Internet search engine, may face further scrutiny over its other services following several complaints, Europe's antitrust chief said on Tuesday (23 September).
Economy & Jobs 23-09-2014

EU’s Almunia readying antitrust charges against Gazprom

European Union regulators are poised to charge Russian gas producer Gazprom with anti-competitive behaviour after a two-year investigation, Europe's antitrust chief said on Tuesday (23 September).
Climate change 23-09-2014

Hinkley nuclear reactor project gains EU approval, leak reveals

Green groups condemn commissioner Almunia’s U-turn, as the EU competition czar deems Hinkley Point C subsidies to be within state aid rules.  
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Digital 03-09-2014

Commission fines Infineon, Philips, Samsung, Renesas over smart card chips

The European Commission on Wednesday fined Infineon, Philips, Samsung and Renesas over €138 million, after accusing them of coordinating their market behaviour for smart card chips.
Digital 31-07-2014

European regulators training sights on Google’s mobile software

European regulators are preparing what could be a stern challenge to Google's mobile software business in the coming months after a nearly four-year investigation into the company's web search practices left rivals and European politicians dissatisfied.
Ryanair
Competition 24-07-2014

Ryanair ordered to repay €10m in French state aid

Two low-cost airlines must repay almost €10 million of French state aid, after the EU Commission decided that it gave them an unfair competitive advantage. EURACTIV France reports.
Around one fourth of industry power in Germany is generated from the plants themselves. Hainburg, Germany October 2013 [Carsten Frenzl/Flickr]
Energy 11-07-2014

Brussels, Berlin bury hatchet over green energy rebates

After months of tension, Germany and the European Commission have resolved their conflict over Berlin's support scheme for renewable energy, by agreeing on planned industry rebates. But this did not happen without concessions from the Merkel government. EURACTIV.de reports.
Assemblé Nationale
Trade & Society 10-07-2014

EU competition policy under attack in new French report

French parliamentarians have renewed their attack against the European Commission's competition policy, asking EU antitrust officials to take an internship “in companies that have been devastated by their decisions". EURACTIV France reports.
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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.
Health 09-07-2014

EU fines pharma companies for drug-delay deals

European Union antitrust regulators on Wednesday (9 July) fined French drugmaker Servier, Israel's Teva and four others a total of €428 million, as part of a crackdown on deals which block cheaper generic medicine.

Brussels, Berlin still at odds over green energy law

Berlin and Brussels clashed over Germany's green energy law on Thursday (3 July), with Chancellor Angela Merkel reacting angrily to suggestions from Europe's competition chief that Germany had not done enough to comply with European rules.
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Digital 02-07-2014

Commission approves Telefónica’s acquisition of E-Plus in Germany

The European Commission approved on Wednesday the proposed acquisition of Dutch Telecom operator KPN's German mobile telecommunications business E-Plus by Telefónica Deutschland. The approval is conditional upon the full implementation of a commitments package submitted by Telefónica.
Energy 02-07-2014

Sweden gets EU clearance to limit green energy support to national borders

Sweden's renewable energy support scheme is compatible with European Union law, the EU's top court said on Tuesday (1 July), in a ruling that means other member states will avoid a radical overhaul of their renewable energy laws.
Miguel Arias Cañete
EU Elections 2014 30-06-2014

Spain aims at ‘important’ commissioner portfolio

The Spanish government wants to have an important portfolio in the next European Commission. Although it seemed that candidate commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete would aim at Agriculture, because of his background, it is also possible that he or another candidate would take an economic portfolio. EURACTIV Spain reports.
Digital 30-06-2014

EU could probe Google’s YouTube dominance

Europe's antitrust chief said on Monday (30 June) he could investigate Google's YouTube if he saw any attempt by the company to abuse its dominant position in online video searching.
Ana Gomes [European Parliament]
Digital 17-06-2014

Europe’s creative industry is at the mercy of Google

For Europe's creative sector, the threat now and in the future does not come from the imbalances of the banking system, but from one company whose dominant position imposes its business model on the entire market: Google, writes Ana Gomes.
Competition 17-06-2014

Almunia counter-attacks in high-profile Spanish football tax case

Joaquín Almunia, the Spanish Commissioner in charge of policing the EU's antitrust rules, has denied accusations of a conflict of interest in the handling of an investigation into unfair tax breaks worth billions of euros given to Spanish football clubs, including Real Madrid and Barcelona.

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