Antitrust: Commission fines four consumer electronics manufacturers for fixing online resale prices

The European Commission today fined, in four separate decisions, consumer electronics manufacturers Asus, Denon & Marantz, Philips and Pioneer for imposing fixed or minimum resale prices on their online retailers in breach of EU competition rules. The fines totalling over €111 million were in all four cases reduced due to the companies' cooperation with the … Continue reading Antitrust: Commission fines four consumer electronics manufacturers for fixing online resale prices

Pharmaceuticals: Commission refines intellectual property rules

The Commission is proposing a targeted adjustment to intellectual property rules to help Europe's pharmaceutical companies tap into fast-growing global markets and foster jobs, growth and investments in the EU. The EU has a strong intellectual property rights framework in place which protects Europe's know-how and sustains the pharmaceutical industry's world-class innovation capacity. To improve … Continue reading Pharmaceuticals: Commission refines intellectual property rules

Antitrust: Commission fines Qualcomm €997 million for abuse of dominant market position

The European Commission has fined Qualcomm €997m for abusing its market dominance in LTE baseband chipsets. Qualcomm prevented rivals from competing in the market by making significant payments to a key customer on condition it would not buy from rivals. This is illegal under EU antitrust rules. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: … Continue reading Antitrust: Commission fines Qualcomm €997 million for abuse of dominant market position

Anti-dumping: EU agrees on new rules for protecting its producers against unfair trade practices

On 11 October 2017, EU ambassadors endorsed the political agreement reached between the presidency and the European Parliament on a proposed methodology for assessing market distortions in third countries. The new rules will maintain the EU's capacity to protect its producers against unfair trade practices. They aim at detecting and redressing cases where prices of … Continue reading Anti-dumping: EU agrees on new rules for protecting its producers against unfair trade practices

First summer without roaming charges: Europeans see benefits of the new rules

The first summer without roaming charges shows that Europeans are aware of the new rules and have started changing their habits when travelling abroad in the EU. According to a Flash Eurobarometer survey published today, a large majority of Europeans recognise the benefits of roaming without extra charges. Thanks to the new EU roaming rules, in place … Continue reading First summer without roaming charges: Europeans see benefits of the new rules