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Enforcement and Cases

The Competition Authority considers imposing high fines on Verisure AS and Sector Alarm AS

The Norwegian Competition Authority has warned Verisure AS and Sector Alarm AS in a Statement of Objections that it considers imposing fines of 784 million NOK on Verisure and 424.8 million NOK on Sector Alarm for collusion in the market for alarm services to residential customers.

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The CNMC fines 34 non-university textbook publishers and ANELE for creating a mechanism to restrict commercial policies and terms and conditions of trade

  • 34 companies and the National Association of Book and Teaching Material Publishers (ANELE) coordinated commercial policies and terms and conditions of trade within the framework of a code of conduct for companies in the publishing industry.
  • The Oversight Committee controlled any deviation by means of pressure and threats of reporting those who did not form part of the agreements.
  • ANELE and 10 publishers agreed on terms and conditions of trade for merchandising digital textbooks between 2014 and 2017.
  • Altogether, the penalties total almost 34 million euros and require the cessation of these practices.

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AGROFERT is allowed to take over UNITED BAKERIES, but it has to sell off several facilities

On 23 May 2019, the Office for the Protection of Competition issued a decision approving AGROFERT a.s. to take sole control over UB HOLDING a.s. and its subsidiary UNITED BAKERIES a.s., subject to a number of structural commitments which were accepted by the party to the proceedings in order to maintain effective competition. The decision already came into force.

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The CNMC fines the General Society of Authors and Editors (SGAE) for anti-competitive practices in the management and exploitation of intellectual property rights

The CNMC has fined the General Society of Authors and Editors (SGAE) for abusing its dominant position in the management and exploitation of the intellectual property rights of authors and publishers of musical and audiovisual works.

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ESA discontinues e-payments competition investigation in Norway

The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has decided to discontinue an investigation into whether Finance Norway, Bits, BankID, DNB and Nordea engaged in agreements, decisions or concerted practices aimed at preventing Swedish payment initiation provider Trustly from entering the e-payments market in Norway.

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The Competition Council of Latvia will be able to prevent competition distortions caused by public administrative bodies

On 28 March, the Saeima adopted in the final reading amendments to the Competition Law, which grant the Competition Council of Latvia (the CC) the powers to address competition distortions caused by public administrative bodies, local governments and their undertakings.

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Eight providers of magazine lending services fined on account of unlawful customer allocation agreements

Bonn, 13 February 2019: The Bundeskartellamt has imposed fines amounting to approx. three million euros on eight magazine lending service providers. The companies are accused of having concluded illegal customer allocation agreements.

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Bundeskartellamt prohibits Facebook from combining user data from different sources

Bonn, 7 February 2019: The Bundeskartellamt has imposed on Facebook far-reaching restrictions in the processing of user data.

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Fine imposed on bicycle wholesaler ZEG for vertical price-fixing

Bonn, 29 January 2019: The Bundeskartellamt has imposed fines totalling around 13.4 million euros on the bicycle wholesaler ZEG Zweirad-Einkaufs-Genossenschaft eG (ZEG), Cologne, and its representatives for fixing prices with 47 bicycle retailers. The proceeding was triggered by a tip-off from the trade.

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Proceeding against whitelisting contract between Google and Eyeo terminated after amendments to the contract

Bonn, 21 January 2019: In cooperation with the Austrian competition authority (BWB) the Bundeskartellamt conducted an administrative proceeding against the companies Google Inc., Mountain View/USA and Eyeo GmbH, Cologne (Germany), for concluding anticompetitive agreements. The proceeding was terminated after the companies amended a so-called “whitelisting contract” between them which had originally significantly restricted Eyeo’s independent entrepreneurial ad-blocking activity.

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