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Commission fines the car battery recycling cartel

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Is Facebook liying?

The European Commission has sent a Statement of Objections to Facebook alleging the company provided incorrect or misleading information during the Commission’s 2014 investigation under the EU Merger Regulation of Facebook’s planned acquisition of WhatsApp. Competition Comissioner Vestager recalled that: “Companies are obliged to give DG COMP accurate information during merger investigations. They must take this obligation seriously. Our timely …

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Transport maritime: Oui a Hapag-Lloyd et UASC

La Commission a autorisé le projet d’acquisition de United Arab Shipping Company («UASC») par Hapag-Lloyd (Allemagne), sous réserve du respect de certaines conditions. Les deux sociétés exercent leurs activités dans le secteur du transport maritime régulier par conteneurs. UASC est une compagnie de transport maritime mondiale établie au Moyen-Orient qui propose des services de transport de fret conteneurisé au moyen …

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New antidumping rules to defend EU growth

The EU has called upon Member States to support its efforts to strengthen current trade defence instruments. Despite the fact that the Commission has been using the available legislation to its full extent, it now seems insufficient to deal with the huge overcapacities that result in dumped exports on the EU market. A modernisation of trade defence can be achieved …

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New rules on aid for ports & airports

The European Commission is planning to revise the criteria for exempting certain investment aid for ports and airports from prior Commission scrutiny under EU state aid rules and invites comments on its proposal. The purpose of the new legislation is to facilitate public investments that can create jobs and growth whilst preserving competition. A first public consultation on draft provisions …

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Luxembourg problems for ENGIE

The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation into Luxembourg’s tax treatment of the GDF Suez group (now ENGIE). The Commission has concerns that several tax rulings issued by Luxembourg may have given GDF Suez an unfair advantage over other companies, in breach of EU state aid rules. DG COMP will assess in particular whether Luxembourg tax authorities selectively derogated from …

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The Commission takes on Apple

In recent years, the issue of multinationals’ tax transparency has been at the forefront of European, and indeed global, politics. Scandals such as Lux Leaks – the revelation of hundreds of Luxembourg’s very favourable tax rulings – have caused public outcry and forced EU leaders to action. However, in spite of efforts to increase fairness, the public appears as yet …

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Renforcement des autorités nationales

La Commission sollicite l’avis des citoyens et des professionels sur la nécessité de doter les autorités nationales de la concurrence des États membres d’instruments supplémentaires pour mettre en oeuvre les règles de l’UE en matière de pratiques anticoncurrentielles. La Commissaire européenne à la concurrence, Margrethe Vestager, a souligné, lors de la présentation de la consultation publique: «Les règles de l’UE …

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FIAT & STARBUCKS facing state aid case

The European Commission has decided that Luxembourg and the Netherlands have granted illegal selective tax advantages to Fiat Finance and Trade and Starbucks. “Tax rulings that artificially reduce a company’s tax burden are not in line with EU state aid rules. They are illegal. I hope that, with today’s decisions, this message will be heard by Member State governments and …

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