State aid: Commission adopts Framework to enable Member States to further support the economy in the COVID-19 outbreak

Following COVID-19 outbreak, on March 19th, the European Commission adopted a Temporary Framework to enable Member States to use the full flexibility foreseen under State aid rules to support the economy. The legal basis for the Temporary Framework is Article 107(3)(b) TFEU, which allows the Commission to declare compatible with the single European market aid…

State aid: the European Commission has widened the scope of the General Block Exemption Regulation

The 2014 General Block exemption Regulation (the “Regulation”) exempts certain categories of state aid from the requirement of prior notification to the Commission and they can be implemented by Member States without prior Commission approval, provided they meet certain requirements and they are unlikely to distort competition in the single market. The decision to widen…

THE SPANISH COMPETITION AUTHORITY REQUIRES THE GOVERNMENT TO ELIMINATE ANTICOMPETITIVE RESTRICTIONS IN THE MARKET OF PASSENGER TRANSPORT BY ROAD

The CNMC has required the Ministry of Public Works to eliminate anticompetitive restrictions on passenger transport in the segment of hiring a car with driver (VTC). These restrictions have been introduced by the Royal Decree 1057/2015, which incorporates obstacles to competition that have no economic justification. The restrictions detected by the CNMC are the following:…

A PRESUMPTION OF CONFIDENTIALITY: THE GENERAL COURT ADDS NEW RESTRICTIONS TO THE ACCESS TO DOCUMENTATION OF PROCEEDINGS

With a recent judgment in the case T-623/13, the General Court ratified the presumption used by the European Commission for which documents exchanged between the Commission and a national competition authority in proceedings concerning an infringement of the competition rules may harm the commercial interest of the undertakings involved and therefore are not, in principle,…

APPLY NOW – TRENTO SUMMER SCHOOL ON ADVANCED EU COMPETITION LAW AND ECONOMICS

The Summer School is organised by the Osservatorio Permanente sull’Applicazione delle Regole di Concorrenza based at Faculty of Law of Trento University. The Summer School is co-directed by Gian Antonio Benacchio and Michele Carpagnano. The Summer School offers a unique opportunity to analyse and study EU Competition Law and Economics at an advanced level. This advanced course combines academia with a pragmatic…

THE FRENCH ‘LOI HAMON’ ON COLLECTIVE ACTIONS MATERIALISES THE FIRST RESULTS

Since the entry into force of the ‘Loi Hamon’ on 1 October 2014, introducing the class action in the French system, several claims have been lodged in the competent courts by consumer associations. The first class action was brought by the association UFC – Que Choisir against Foncia, on 1 October 2014, in order to…

THE GENERAL COURT DECIDES THE EASYJET CASE ABOUT THE COMMISSION’S RIGHT TO REJECT A COMPLAINT

The General Court stated, with decision of 21 January 2015 in the case Easyjet (T-355/13),  that the Commission may reject a complaint on the basis that a national competition authority has already dealt with it. In 2008, EasyJet lodged complaints with the Netherlands competition authority against Schiphol (Luchthaven Schiphol NV) airport’s pricing policies. After the…

CALL FOR PAPERS: THE COMPETITION LAW SCHOLARS FORUM (CLASF) – WORKSHOP ON “OBJECT AND/OR EFFECTS IN COMPETITION LAW”

The CLaSF is inviting contributions to its forthcoming workshop on “Object and/or effects in Competition Law”, that will be held at the Lancaster Law School, on Friday 24 April 2015.   Call for Papers The Competition Law Scholars Forum (CLaSF) Invite contributions to the XXIV CLaSF event (www.clasf.org) Clasf Workshop on   “Object and/or effects in Competition Law” Lancaster…

EU COUNCIL GIVES DIRECTIVE ON COMPETITION DAMAGES ACTIONS THE GREEN LIGHT

Today (10 November 2014), the Council formally adopted the corrigendum text as approved by the ECON Committee in September 2014 for the Directive on antitrust damages actions. The text was signed off without amendments and it is therefore expected that the text of the Directive, which will shortly be published in the Official Journal of…