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D-Kart Spotlights: AGENDA 2025

D-Kart Spotlights: AGENDA 2025

The Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Action (now: BMWK) has presented an ambitious competition policy agenda (you can find it here). It is a guideline for the competition policy of the legislative period, a preview of the next GWB amendment and of goals to be advocated at the European level. In the agenda, the BMWK emphasises that a modern competition policy can only be developed in a participatory process. That is why we at D’Kart would like to…

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AGENDA 2025: Roadmap to Sustainability

AGENDA 2025: Roadmap to Sustainability

This article is part of the D’Kart Spotlights: AGENDA 2025, in which experts from academia and practice comment on aspects of the Competition Policy Agenda presented by the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK). The contributions already published can be found here. The Competition Policy Agenda of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) describes sustainability as one of the key current challenges and wants to create a pro-active competition law framework. Elena Wiese sets…

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Conference Debriefing (30): IKK & ICN

Conference Debriefing (30): IKK & ICN

It was the World Festival of Competition Law: Representatives of competition agencies came together in Berlin to celebrate two consecutive conferences: The traditional Bundeskartellamt’s International Cartel Conference (IKK) and the Annual Meeting of the International Competition Network (ICN). Most everyone was there, and so was Rupprecht Podszun who gives his Conference Debriefing here. Name of Event: XXI. Internationale Kartellkonferenz & 21st ICN Annual Conference Topic: “We are family!” – Okay, that was not the official topic, but it had a…

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AGENDA 2025: The blunt sword

AGENDA 2025: The blunt sword

This article is part of the D’Kart Spotlights: AGENDA 2025, in which experts from academia and practice comment on aspects of the Competition Policy Agenda presented by the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK). The contributions already published can be found here. Information and disclosure claims were one pillar of the 9th amendment of the Act against Restraints of Competition (GWB). Gerhard Klumpe sheds some light on how effective those have been and where the legislator should consider…

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AGENDA 2025: From Ministerial Authorisation to Parliamentary Authorisation?

AGENDA 2025: From Ministerial Authorisation to Parliamentary Authorisation?

This article is part of the D’Kart Spotlights: AGENDA 2025, in which experts from academia and practice comment on aspects of the Competition Policy Agenda presented by the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK). The contributions already published can be found here. Part of the competition policy agenda of the Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) until 2025 is the participation of the Bundestag in the ministerial authorisation procedure. Maximilian Konrad took a closer look at…

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Antitrust Pendulum Swinging Back

Antitrust Pendulum Swinging Back

The German Federal Cartel Office has once again invited the best of the best from the competition community to Berlin for the International Cartel Conference (IKK). Sven Giegold, Secretary of State in the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection (BMWK), gave an ambitious speech about his plans for Germany’s and Europe’s future in the field of competition policy. D-Kart has kindly been provided with the full text from his speech, we document it here – not least…

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AGENDA 2025: Abuse-independent unbundling in the Competition Policy Agenda of the BMWK

AGENDA 2025: Abuse-independent unbundling in the Competition Policy Agenda of the BMWK

This article is part of the D’Kart Spotlights: AGENDA 2025, in which experts from academia and practice comment on aspects of the Competition Policy Agenda presented by the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK). The contributions already published can be found here. Abuse-independent unbundling is not only a concern of the BMWK. Daniel Zimmer has thought about possible cases and implementations. In the “Competition Policy Agenda” of the German Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) presented…

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AGENDA 2025: Germany and competition in the digital markets – pioneering role or offside position?

AGENDA 2025: Germany and competition in the digital markets – pioneering role or offside position?

This article is part of the D’Kart Spotlights: AGENDA 2025, in which experts from academia and practice comment on aspects of the Competition Policy Agenda presented by the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK). The contributions already published can be found here. The German Federal Cartel Office has made a name for itself enforcing antitrust law in the digital economy. Christian Karbaum wonders whether it can fulfill this role under the DMA as well. The Bundeskartellamt [Federal Cartel Office] and…

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AGENDA 2025: Black Box Trilogue: More Transparency in the EU Legislative Procedure!

AGENDA 2025: Black Box Trilogue: More Transparency in the EU Legislative Procedure!

This article is part of the D’Kart Spotlights: AGENDA 2025, in which experts from academia and practice comment on aspects of the Competition Policy Agenda presented by the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK). The contributions already published can be found here. DMA and DSA have been agreed upon. But what they look like in concrete terms we only know through leaks. Alexander Kirk takes a look at the decisive trilogue process, sees weaknesses but also strengths and…

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AGENDA 2025: Hello, mandated unbundling, my old friend.

AGENDA 2025: Hello, mandated unbundling, my old friend.

This article is part of the D’Kart Spotlights: AGENDA 2025, in which experts from academia and practice comment on aspects of the Competition Policy Agenda presented by the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK). The contributions already published can be found here. In item 9 of the agenda, the BMWK announces that it will advocate in the long term for an abuse-independent unbundling option at the European level as a last resort in entrenched markets. Juliane Mendelsohn addresses this…

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