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Weekly Digest | Issue 3

Valur Thrainsson
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Most Read Articles

May 8, 2017

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Here below you find the most read articles on CompetitionFeed over the last week.


Silicon Valley tech lobbyists swarm Brussels

It usually takes companies a while to realize just how much damage Brussels can do to a profit margin. For many of the world’s best known American internet firms, it took just three years.Companies including eBay, Twitter and Facebook boosted their lobbying spend in Brussels by up to 278 percent since 2014, according to new research published by Transparency International, a non-governmental organization that campaigns against corruption that looked at the public disclosures made by Silicon Valley-based firms on the EU’s lobbyist register. Read More.


New Zealand regulators reject merger of newspaper publishers

Regulators on Wednesday rejected a proposed merger between New Zealand's two main newspaper publishers, saying the benefits of saving money and extending the life of some newspapers did not outweigh the harm it would cause to democracy. Read More.

European Commission

Commission accepts commitments from Amazon on e-books

The European Commission has adopted a decision that renders legally binding the commitments offered by Amazon. The commitments address the Commission's preliminary competition concerns relating to a number of clauses in Amazon's distribution agreements with e-book publishers in Europe. Read More.

Competition Policy Blog

An energy price cap could kill competition – here’s a better idea

(by Catherine Waddams) The Conservatives have announced that their manifesto will include a pledge to cap the price of energy bills. This comes just two years after Labour campaigned to freeze household energy prices. The Tories are yet to flesh out the details of their plan, but it has already drawn strong reactions both for and against. The price of energy stirs deep emotions in part because it is a necessity, one which absorbs a much higher proportion[1] of the income of those in poverty and “just about managing” than of richer households. Read More.

Journal of European Competition Law & Practice

Recent Developments in EU Merger Remedies

Key Points 2016 saw the highest Commission merger intervention rate since 2008, and the highest number of conditional clearance decisions since 2000. The Commission's 2016 remedy practice reflected an unprecedented increase in fix-it-first structures. Innovation-related concerns featured prominently in the Commission's approach to remedy design and implementation. The Commission's evolving approach in a series of four-to-three mobile telecommunications mergers... Read More.

Journal of European Competition Law & Practice

Vertical Agreements: Proposals for Pushing Article 101 Analysis to a Logical Conclusion

This paper examines how vertical agreements are analysed under Article 101 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. It observes that, in spite of modernization and the Commission’s promise to adopt a more ‘effects-based’ approach towards vertical agreements, Article 101 analysis has not evolved as might have been anticipated. Rather, it argues that the legal system still fails adequately to reflect, and is out of kilter with, the economic logic of vertical restraints. Read More.

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