European Union launches WTO cases on ICT and pharmaceuticals

Today, the EU has brought two disputes in the World Trade Organisation (WTO) against India and Turkey, respectively targeting unlawful import duties on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) products and unlawful measures on pharmaceuticals. In both cases, there are significant economic interests and important legal principles at stake for the EU. The total value of … Continue reading European Union launches WTO cases on ICT and pharmaceuticals

Antitrust: European Commission fines Google €1.49 billion for abusive practices in online advertising

The European Commission has fined Google €1.49 billion for breaching EU antitrust rules. Google has abused its market dominance by imposing a number of restrictive clauses in contracts with third-party websites which prevented Google's rivals from placing their search adverts on these websites. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: "Today the Commission has … Continue reading Antitrust: European Commission fines Google €1.49 billion for abusive practices in online advertising

Antitrust: European Commission fines car safety equipment suppliers € 368 million in cartel settlement

The European Commission has fined Autoliv and TRW a total of € 368 277 000 for breaching EU antitrust rules. Takata was not fined as it revealed the cartels to the Commission. The companies took part in two cartels for the supply of car seatbelts, airbags and steering wheels to European car producers. All three … Continue reading Antitrust: European Commission fines car safety equipment suppliers € 368 million in cartel settlement

European Commission fines Mastercard €570 million for obstructing merchants’ access to cross-border card payment services

The European Commission has fined the card scheme Mastercard €570 566 000 for limiting the possibility for merchants to benefit from better conditions offered by banks established elsewhere in the Single Market, in breach of EU antitrust rules. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “European consumers use payment cards every day, when they buy … Continue reading European Commission fines Mastercard €570 million for obstructing merchants’ access to cross-border card payment services

Auditors publish report on SRB’s, Commission’s and Council’s contingent liabilities

The Single Resolution Board (SRB) and the European Commission should continuously assess their financial risks and accounting thereof, arising from contingent liabilities related to bank-resolution lawsuits as from their 2018 accounts, according to a new report by the European Court of Auditors. The auditors reviewed the possible obligations of the SRB, Commission and Council arising … Continue reading Auditors publish report on SRB’s, Commission’s and Council’s contingent liabilities

Security Union: Commission welcomes agreement on stronger rules criminalising money laundering

The Commission welcomes the agreement reached by the European Parliament and the EU Member States on strengthened criminal law measures to counter money laundering. The new rules, proposed by the Commission in December 2016, will harmonise offences and sanctions for money laundering, ensuring that dangerous criminals and terrorists face equally severe penalties for their crimes across … Continue reading Security Union: Commission welcomes agreement on stronger rules criminalising money laundering