European Commission takes new step to protect judges in Poland against political control

Yesterday, the European Commission decided to take the next step in an ongoing infringement procedure against Poland, by sending a reasoned opinion regarding the new disciplinary regime for Polish judges. On 3 April 2019, the Commission launched this infringement procedure on the grounds that the new disciplinary regime undermines the judicial independence of Polish judges and … Continue reading European Commission takes new step to protect judges in Poland against political control

European Commission fines Barclays, RBS, Citigroup, JPMorgan and MUFG €1.07 billion for participating in foreign exchange spot trading cartel

In two settlement decisions, the European Commission has fined five banks for taking part in two cartels in the Spot Foreign Exchange market for 11 currencies - Euro, British Pound, Japanese Yen, Swiss Franc, US, Canadian, New Zealand and Australian Dollars, and Danish, Swedish and Norwegian crowns. The first decision (so-called “Forex - Three Way Banana Split” … Continue reading European Commission fines Barclays, RBS, Citigroup, JPMorgan and MUFG €1.07 billion for participating in foreign exchange spot trading cartel

Antitrust: European Commission fines AB InBev €200 million for restricting cross-border sales of beer

The European Commission has fined AB InBev €200 409 000 for breaching EU antitrust rules. AB InBev, the world's biggest beer company, has abused its dominant position on the Belgian beer market by hindering cheaper imports of its Jupiler beer from the Netherlands into Belgium. Margrethe Vestager, Commissioner in charge of competition policy, said: "Consumers in Belgium have been paying more … Continue reading Antitrust: European Commission fines AB InBev €200 million for restricting cross-border sales of beer

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

EU law does not preclude the loss of the nationality of a Member State/EU citizenship, where the link between the person concerned and that Member State is durably interrupted

A number of Dutch citizens possessing a second nationality of a non-EU country brought proceedings before courts in the Netherlands following the refusal of the Minister of Foreign Affairs to examine their applications for renewal of their national passports. The Minister’s refusal was based on the Law on Netherlands nationality, which provides that an adult … Continue reading EU law does not preclude the loss of the nationality of a Member State/EU citizenship, where the link between the person concerned and that Member State is durably interrupted

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 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