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  • Key Business Developments on the EU Antitrust Scene

    During the Commission’s summer break we bring together some developments on the EU antitrust scene, which have the potential to affect the way companies do business in the EU. The first concerns the Coty case, which reopened the discussion around possible harmful free-riding effects of selling over through third party platforms. Second, given the press…

  • Flexible Thresholds for European Merger Control…and more?

    Sir Philip Lowe hosted the breakfast round-table that FTI Consulting organised in Brussels on 13 September 2016 with the theme “Flexible Thresholds for European Merger Control…and more?”. We were privileged to be joined for the discussion by Carles Esteva Mosso, Deputy Director-General for Mergers at the European Commission who provided us with his insights. A…

  • The e-commerce sector inquiry at a glance

    Earlier this month, the European Commission published the preliminary findings of its e-commerce sector inquiry launched in May 2015 as part of its Digital Single Market strategy. The objective of the sector inquiry was to obtain an understanding of the market and to gather evidence on potential barriers to competition linked to the growth of…

  • Moving with the times: EU merger rules review process to start in the fall

    As mergers involving big data hit the headlines, the European Commission (EC) has decided to take action by initiating the process to review its merger review rules. A 12 week consultation is to be opened in September to seek views on whether the EC’s current EU merger rules need to be revised. This follows concerns…

  • Brexit Bowl: Competing Public Interests? Politics and Competition Enforcement

    What does Brexit mean for competition policy in the EU and UK? The issue has already formed part of the post-Brexit policy debate in the United Kingdom. This snapshot from FTI Consulting’s Senior Advisor, Sir Philip Lowe, a former Director General of the European Commission’s Competition department, looks at the issue of ‘public interest’ in…

  • Vestager and the European Parliament – closing the gap?

    As expected, the Commission’s Annual Report on Competition policy is a dry and technical affair, listing the different cases the Commission worked on in the previous year. One difference in this year’s report though is that the European Parliament (EP) gets a higher profile. The EP has not been altogether content with its role of…

  • Media Matters – The Role of Media in European Competition Cases

    DG Competition is the executive arm of the European Commission responsible for overseeing mergers, cartels and State Aid within the EU, the world’s largest single trading bloc. This makes its Commissioner one of the few in Brussels who has real power across the Union and at Member State level. Its current incumbent, Margrethe Vestager, has…

  • We need to talk about data …

    Commissioner Vestager is certainly consistent when she comments on applying competition law to the digital economy; indeed it feels a bit like a crusade.  Whether it is Google, the e-commerce sector inquiry and the review of telecom mergers via Amazon tax rulings, she has been reflecting on the role of DG Competition in the sector.…

  • Enforcing European competition rules: the power of joined-up thinking

    Last week Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager launched a public consultation to see whether National Competition Authorities (NCAs) require more robust tools in order to effectively enforce EU competition law on the ground (see our blog for more information). Today (20 November) at the London School of Economics she said that ”it’s not about the rules,…

  • EU competition law to be bolstered by national antitrust powers

    EU’s competition chief Commissioner Vestager says that competition law is enforced in an inconsistent manner by the 28 national antitrust watchdogs. Legislation might be the means to solve this issue for which a public consultation was launched on 4 November 2015. Commissioner Vestager explained her concerns on 9 November 2015 to the European Parliament. National competition regulators co-enforce…

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