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

European Commission reviews relations with China, proposes 10 actions

Against the backdrop of China's growing economic power and political influence, the European Commission and the High Representative review European Union-China relations and the related opportunities and challenges. Today, they are setting out 10 concrete actions for EU Heads of State or Government to discuss and endorse at the European Council of 21 March. The … Continue reading European Commission reviews relations with China, proposes 10 actions

EU updates list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions

EU Finance Ministers have updated the EU list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions, based on an intense process of analysis and dialogue steered by the European Commission. The list has proven a true success with many countries having changed their laws and tax systems to comply with international standards. Over the course of last year, the … Continue reading EU updates list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions

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

Infringements: Commission adapts its calculation methodology for financial sanctions

Today, the Commission set out how it will adapt its calculation method when proposing financial sanctions to the Court of Justice of the EU in infringement proceedings. Enforcement of EU law by the Commission will continue to be vigorous, balanced and fair to all Member States. When the Commission refers a Member State to the … Continue reading Infringements: Commission adapts its calculation methodology for financial sanctions

European Commission report finds active competition enforcement contributes to affordable and innovative medicines

The European Commission has published a report showing that active competition law enforcement, at EU and national level, in the pharmaceutical sector contributes to delivering more affordable medicines and more choice to patients and healthcare systems, and promotes further innovation. Margrethe Vestager, Commissioner in charge of competition policy, said “Giving European patients and healthcare systems access … Continue reading European Commission report finds active competition enforcement contributes to affordable and innovative medicines

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