Antitrust: Commission invites comments on Transgaz commitments concerning natural gas exports from Romania

The European Commission invites comments on commitments submitted by Transgaz to address competition concerns regarding the free flow of natural gas from Romania. The commitments would aim to enable natural gas exports from Romania to other Member States, in particular Hungary and Bulgaria. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: "Natural gas consumers across … Continue reading Antitrust: Commission invites comments on Transgaz commitments concerning natural gas exports from Romania

Rule of Law: European Commission takes next step in infringement procedure to protect the independence of the Polish Supreme Court

Today, the European Commission decided to send a Reasoned Opinion to Poland regarding the Polish law on the Supreme Court. The new Polish law on the Supreme Court lowers the retirement age of Supreme Court judges from 70 to 65, which puts 27 out of 72 sitting Supreme Court judges at risk of being forced … Continue reading Rule of Law: European Commission takes next step in infringement procedure to protect the independence of the Polish Supreme Court

Antitrust: Commission fines Google €4.34 billion for illegal practices regarding Android mobile devices to strengthen dominance of Google’s search engine

The European Commission has fined Google €4.34 billion for breaching EU antitrust rules. Since 2011, Google has imposed illegal restrictions on Android device manufacturers and mobile network operators to cement its dominant position in general internet search. Google must now bring the conduct effectively to an end within 90 days or face penalty payments of … Continue reading Antitrust: Commission fines Google €4.34 billion for illegal practices regarding Android mobile devices to strengthen dominance of Google’s search engine

Judgement in Case C-89/17 Secretary of State for the Home Department v Rozanne Banger

Where an EU citizen returns to his Member State of origin, that Member State must facilitate the entry and residence of the non-EU partner with whom that citizen has a durable relationship. A decision to refuse such a residence authorisation to the non-EU partner must be founded on an extensive examination of the applicant’s personal … Continue reading Judgement in Case C-89/17 Secretary of State for the Home Department v Rozanne Banger

The term ‘spouse’ within the meaning of the provisions of EU law on freedom of residence for EU citizens and their family members includes spouses of the same sex

Although the Member States have the freedom whether or not to authorise marriage between persons of the same sex, they may not obstruct the freedom of residence of an EU citizen by refusing to grant his same-sex spouse, a national of a country that is not an EU Member State, a derived right of residence … Continue reading The term ‘spouse’ within the meaning of the provisions of EU law on freedom of residence for EU citizens and their family members includes spouses of the same sex

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

Rule of Law: European Commission acts to defend judicial independence in Poland

Despite repeated efforts, for almost two years, to engage the Polish authorities in a constructive dialogue in the context of the Rule of Law Framework, the Commission has concluded that there is a clear risk of a serious breach of the rule of law in Poland. The Commission is therefore proposing to the Council to … Continue reading Rule of Law: European Commission acts to defend judicial independence in Poland