About: Joaquín Almunia

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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.
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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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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.
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Digital 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.
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Economy & Jobs 21-05-2014

Commission launches new state aid rules for R&D

The European Commission adopted on Wednesday new rules that hope to facilitate the granting of aid measures by Member States in support of research, development and innovation activities.
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Competition 20-05-2014

Commission accuses Crédit Agricole, HSBC, JPMorgan of rigging

The European Commission informed Crédit Agricole, HSBC and JPMorgan on Tuesday of its preliminary view that they may have breached EU antitrust rules by colluding to influence the pricing of interest rate derivatives denominated in the euro currency. The sending of a statement of objections does not prejudge the final outcome of the investigation.
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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.
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Energy 10-04-2014

Commission announces phase out of renewable energy subsidies

The European Commission announced on Wednesday that renewable energy subsidies that helped spur Europe’s €48-billion-a-year clean energy industry are to be phased out across the continent, under new market-friendly state aid rules
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Digital 05-02-2014

Google and EU reach deal on antitrust case

In its third attempt to avoid a $5 billion fine, Google has committed to address competition concerns raised by the European Commission on how rivals appear in search results. The biggest search engine in the world has been the focus of a Commission investigation since 2010, when complainants from competitors across Europe accused the company of promoting its own services at their expense.
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Competition 14-01-2014

Almunia launches investigation on cross-border TV

The European Commission opened on Monday formal antitrust proceedings to examine certain provisions in licensing agreements between several major US film studios (Twentieth Century Fox, Warner Bros., Sony Pictures, NBCUniversal, Paramount Pictures) and the largest European pay-TV broadcasters such as BSkyB of the UK, Canal Plus of France, Sky Italia of Italy, Sky Deutschland of Germany and DTS of Spain.
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Future EU 06-01-2014

Anthony Giddens:’Turbulent and Mighty Continent’ book launch

The Lisbon Council hosted the Brussels launch of Turbulent and Mighty Continent: What Future for Europe?, the new book by Anthony Giddens, former director of the London School of Economics. Lord Giddens delivered The 2013 Jean Jacques Rousseau Lecture and presented an array of new ideas for energising the European project. Joaquín Almunia, vice-president of the European Commission, served as discussant. Watch Anthony Giddens' full speech: http://youtu.be/5ExcCtFOTZo
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Competition 18-12-2013

Brussels will investigate Barça, Real Madrid over illegal state aid

The European Commission will begin disciplinary action against seven Spanish clubs including Real Madrid and Barcelona over possible illegal state aid, EU Commissioner for Competition Joaquin Almunia said on Wednesday.
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16-09-2013

Brussels says an independent Catalonia would need to leave EU

Brussels warned on Monday that the Spanish northeastern region of Catalonia would no longer be an EU member state if it becomes independent from Spain. The European Commission decided on Monday to indirectly set out its position on the Catalan self-determination debate, after it refused to comment on last weeks' pro-independence mass protest in Catalonia. Answering increasing demands from the Catalan government and the Spanish press, a top EU official said that any new independent state would become ' a third country'.
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Economy & Jobs 25-07-2013

EU eyes €6 billion savings from credit, debit card fee caps

The European Commission tabled proposals yesterday (24 July) aimed at reducing the cost of using payment cards for consumers, setting new fee limits at 0.2% and 0.3% of the transaction value for debit cards and credit cards respectively.
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Energy 15-07-2013

Commission to probe German renewable energy laws

The European Union plans an investigation into Germany's renewable energy law due to concerns that exemptions for some firms from charges levied on power users breaches competition rules, a German magazine reported yesterday (14 July).
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Euro & Finance 14-05-2013

Commission accepts Visa inter-bank fee cap

Visa Europe, the European licensee of Visa Inc., has offered to cap its inter-bank credit card fees at 0.3% of transaction value for four years, the same level as the rival MasterCard network, to end a European Union competition investigation and stave off a possible fine.
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