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  • Market Economy Status for China: Where are we heading?

    When China became a member of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in 2001, the WTO Accession Protocol established a transitional period up to December 2016 with regard to granting ‘Market Economy Status’ (MES) to China. The absence of the MES gives China’s trading partners more flexibility in imposing anti-dumping duties on imports from China. Consequently,…

  • E-commerce sector inquiry: a new round of questionnaires has been distributed

    Even though Brussels feels abandoned, certain areas resembling a movie set from a post-apocalypse movie, the E-commerce sector inquiry is ongoing. Chasing down all competition concerns in the e-commerce sector, the Commission has sent out a new round of questionnaires focusing on online marketplaces that act as hubs for independent traders (e.g Amazon.com or eBay).…

  • E-commerce sector inquiry finally launched

    On the same day as the Digital Single Market package was announced, the EU competition watchdog, Commissioner Vestager, launched the long awaited e-commerce sector inquiry that companies from all sectors and industries were waiting for with bated breath. FTI Consulting Brussels’ competition team already published a snapshot exploring the background of the Commission’s e-commerce sector…

  • The Commission’s Digital Single Market Strategy

    Announcing the DSM strategy in Brussels on 6 May, Vice-President for the Digital Single Market, Andrus Ansip, together with Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society Günther Oettinger, have outlined their strategy for 2015-2016. It is a highly ambitious roadmap which is likely to have a major impact across the EU and beyond, not just…

  • The European Commission’s Digital Single Market Strategy: Focused. Ambitious. Effective?

    FTI hosts event captivating initial reactions to the Commission’s announcement One day after the Commission announced the Digital Single Market Strategy, FTI Consulting invited three speakers from the European Commission, European Parliament and the tech industry to debate the key challenges and opportunities the DSM faces. Having taken a leading role in drafting the DSM strategy…

  • E-COMMERCE SECTOR INQUIRY

    The Competition Commissioner has a Danish TV subscription and she said on 9 April: “When I am abroad I get a message saying ‘Sorry the content can only be watched from within Denmark.’ ” This is one example of her concern about geoblocking and why she is interested in breaking down barriers to e-commerce.  In…

  • CCS: A painful start for a promising technology

    Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) is critical to achieve the reduction in CO2 emissions necessary to manage global warming and keep energy affordable. However uptake of CCS in the EU has been disappointing – despite political support – and not a single CCS facility in Europe is yet operational. Recent developments in the UK, where…

  • Democratising coding to drive growth

    Coding is the 21st century literacy. From Elon Musk to Andrus Ansip, everyone is urging kids to learn to code. A European Commission report says that Europe is currently short of some 500,000 ICT jobs in development, analysis and management, a number that is set to nearly double by 2020. At the same time, unemployment…

  • Can high-priced medicines constitute an abuse of a dominant position in the EU?

    The price of medicines has inevitably always been, and is likely to remain, a long-standing matter of contention between originator companies, governments and patients. It has however become more acute since the launch of some very innovative but very highly priced medicines in recent months, says FTI Consulting’s Darren Kinsella.   Never mind that these…

  • Super-Juncker or Junck-Man?

    It’s been a very lively year for the Juncker Commission and the final highlight came this week when the Commission Work Programme was presented this Tuesday.   Juncker has promised to do things very differently to previous Commissions, making the Work Programme highly anticipated. In the end, the withdrawal or rather delay of the air…

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