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 [...]

Antitrust: Commission fines Scania €880 million for participating in trucks cartel

The European Commission has found that Scania broke EU antitrust rules. It colluded for 14 years with five other truck manufacturers on truck pricing and on passing on the costs of new technologies to meet stricter emission rules. The Commission has imposed a fine of €880 523 000 on Scania. In July 2016, the Commission reached [...]

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 [...]

Mergers: Commission opens in-depth investigation into proposed acquisition of Monsanto by Bayer

The Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to assess the proposed acquisition of Monsanto by Bayer under the EU Merger Regulation. The Commission has concerns that the merger may reduce competition in areas such as pesticides, seeds and traits. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “Seeds and pesticide products are essential for farmers and [...]

Mergers: Commission approves acquisition of Banco Popular Español S.A. by Banco Santander

The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, Banco Santander's proposed acquisition of Banco Popular Español, S.A. The Commission concluded that the transaction would not raise competition concerns in the European Economic Area. Banco Santander and Banco Popular are universal banks, providing commercial, retail investment and wholesale banking services as well as insurance [...]

Antitrust: Commission sends Statement of Objections to Teva on ‘pay for delay’ pharma agreement

The European Commission has informed pharmaceutical company Teva of its preliminary view that an agreement concluded with Cephalon was in breach of EU antitrust rules. Under the agreement, Teva committed not to market a cheaper generic version of Cephalon's drug for sleep disorders, modafinil.   Margrethe Vestager, Commissioner in charge of competition policy, said: "Market entry [...]

The development by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) of the doctrine of supremacy

To gain a better understanding about the basic principles and mechanism of the Court of Justice of the European Union it is important to mention CJEU’s main role which is, ‘ensuring EU law is interpreted and applied the same in every EU country; ensuring countries and EU institutions abide by EU law.’[1] To put it broadly, [...]