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New EU framework for screening foreign direct investment

On 20 November 2018, the European Commission (Commission) announced that a draft EU framework for screening foreign direct investment (FDI) has been agreed by the European Parliament...

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Big Data and digital markets remain in the focus of competition authorities - German FCO continues to lead the way

On 6 October, the German Federal Cartel Office ("FCO") launched its new series of papers on "Competition and Consumer Protection in the Digital Economy". The first paper deals...

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Damage Control: The Implementation of the EU Damages Directive in Belgium

Ivan Pico, Koen Darding, 'Damage Control: The Implementation of the EU Damages Directive in Belgium', Kluwer Competition Law Blog, July 11 2017, http://kluwercompetitionlawblog.com...

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What applies as of when? – When will the 9th amendment of the German Act against Restraints of Competition (GWB) apply?

So it has begun. However, when will the new provisions of the 9th amendment of the GWB actually apply? Aside from a number of exceptions, the 9th amendment will come into force on the day...

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Digital is trump! – Market definition and new dominance criteria for digital markets

New German competition law: Germany takes a pioneering role in adapting its competition law to the digital economy (Part 2)

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Sharing Economy: European Parliament call for EU level guidance on employment and social security questions

To regulate or not to regulate: This question becomes relevant for the sharing economy after last week’s European Parliament resolution calling for clear EU guidelines on the...

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Excessive pricing in pharmaceutical products attracts the European Commission’s attention

In recent years competition authorities in a number of EU Member States have stepped up in their pursuit against companies active in the Life Sciences sector for excessive pricing. Last...

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Germany suggests ramping up regulation of Digital Platforms by establishing a “Digital Agency” with a robust antitrust mandate

Will Germany establish a “Digital Agency” to monitor compliance with competition law rules in digital markets? Will a German “Digital Antitrust Enforcer” become a...

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Regulate Frankenstein: the European Parliament calls for new rules for robots

When a parliamentary report cites Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein in its recitals and proposes new regulation for robots with artificial intelligence (“AI”), one cannot be...

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A Bigger Carrot: Commission Official Signals Availability of Larger Fine Discounts For Cooperation in Abuse Cases

In September 2016, the European Commission granted a 30% fine discount to Altstoff Recycling Austria for cooperating with an investigation into its alleged abuse of a dominant position in...

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European Commission eyes new European rules for Big Data and Competition law

Earlier today Margarethe Vestager, the European Competition Commissioner, delivered a speech about Big Data and Competition law. The Commissioner made several key points that emphasize the...

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With a carrot and a stick: fine discounts for cooperation return to abuse enforcement

On 20 September 2016, the European Commission fined Altstoff Recycling Austria (“ARA”) under Article 102 TFEU for abusing its dominant position in the Austrian waste management...

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