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Conference Debriefing (12): EU Competition Conference 2019, Brussels, September 2019

Conference Debriefing (12): EU Competition Conference 2019, Brussels, September 2019

Every two years our antitrust team jumps into the Thalys and heads to Brussels to discuss current developments in competition law. This year the timing of the Conference couldn’t have been better. The event took place just one day after Ursula von der Leyen announced the reappointment of Margrethe Vestager at DG Comp. Maren Dittrich and Adrian Deuschle have a conference debriefing for the readers of D’Kart. Name of Conference: EU Competition Conference 2019 Location: Square Business Center, Brussels, Belgium…

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Sylvie Goulard: A Commissioner to Watch

Sylvie Goulard: A Commissioner to Watch

The competition community has seen with some joy the reappointment of Margrethe Vestager to the competition portfolio in the new EU Commission. While Vestager also secured the post as Executive Vice President for digital issues, there is another stronghold for economic policy in the Commission: Sylvie Goulard, nominated as Commissioner for Internal Market. We spoke with David Bosco, competition law professor at the University of Aix-Marseille, to learn more about a woman who is rumoured to become the most influential…

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Competition 4.0

Competition 4.0

In Berlin, the German Commission for a Digital Competition Law (“Kommission Wettbewerbsrecht 4.0”) handed over its proposals for the reform of the EU competition framework to German Economics Minister Peter Altmaier. The task of the expert group was to recommend changes of EU law. Lucas Gasser was at the press conference for D’Kart and gives a first overview of the German contribution to the Eurovision Competition Contest. Almost a year has passed since Germany’s Minister Peter Altmaier appointed an expert…

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Ministerial approval Miba/Zollern: A green industrial policy for medium-sized companies

Ministerial approval Miba/Zollern: A green industrial policy for medium-sized companies

Alea iacta est. Peter Altmaier has decided. Miba and Zollern may merge by ministerial approval. But: only under certain conditions. Maximilian Konrad took a closer look at the decision of the German Federal Minister of Economics published on 19 August 2019. A ministerial approval for medium-sized companies – what was going on again? Looking back you certainly remember (D’Kart reported here and here): The Austrian Miba AG and the Baden-Württemberg-based Zollern GmbH & Co. KG want to merge their business…

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Conference-Debriefing (10): Ministererlaubnisverfahren Miba/Zollern – Das BMWi hört an

Conference-Debriefing (10): Ministererlaubnisverfahren Miba/Zollern – Das BMWi hört an

Premierenfieber in Berlin: Zum ersten Mal seit Änderung von § 42 GWB wurde ein Hearing zur Ministererlaubnis veranstaltet. Der Fall ist brisant, denn zwei europäische Mittelständler wollen gegen den Widerstand des Kartellamts fusionieren, um so etwas wie ein “European Champion” zu werden. Ein Fall für Altmaier! Für D’Kart berichtet Niklas Andree von dem außergewöhnlichen Termin im Bundeswirtschaftsministerium. Art der Veranstaltung: Öffentliche mündliche Verhandlung im Ministererlaubnisverfahren Miba/Zollern (§ 56 Abs. 3 S. 3 GWB) Ort & Zeit: Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie, Berlin, 20. Mai 2019…

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The Competition-Competition: The German Parties’ Competition Policy Proposals to the 2019 European Parliament election

The Competition-Competition: The German Parties’ Competition Policy Proposals to the 2019 European Parliament election

In the 2019 European Parliament election, friends of antitrust law are looking forward to one question in particular: Are we seeing Margrethe Vestager again as the next President of the European Commission? That, however, is so speculative that we are entering more secure territory: Election promises. Maximilian Konrad has reviewed the party programmes for those for whom voting advice apps have too few questions on competition policy. Brexit, refugee crisis, right-wing populism, euro crisis – there is no shortage of…

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Conference–Debriefing (9): 10. GWB-Novelle – Macht digitaler Plattformen begrenzen

Conference–Debriefing (9): 10. GWB-Novelle – Macht digitaler Plattformen begrenzen

Es gibt einen Buzzzzz in Berlin. Den gibt es immer, aber jetzt gibt es ihn für die 10. GWB-Novelle, die in den Hinterzimmern entsprechend vorwärts getrieben wird. In Berlin traf sich auf Einladung der Grünen Bundestagsfraktion nun eine illustre Runde, um über ein digitales Kartellrecht zu diskutieren. Lucas Gasser, Doktorand bei Professor Rupprecht Podszun, berichtet. Art der Veranstaltung: Fachgespräch der Bundestagsfraktion von Bündnis 90/Die Grünen Ort & Zeit: Regierungsviertel, Berlin-Mitte, 8. Mai 2019 Gastgeber: Die Bundestagsfraktion von Bündnis 90/Die Grünen,…

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National Industrial Strategy 2030 and Competition Law – size matters?

National Industrial Strategy 2030 and Competition Law – size matters?

Germany’s National Industrial Strategy 2030 emotionalised competition experts: The proposal by the German Minister of Economic Affairs, Peter Altmaier, contains questions and answers that can be called “controversial”. On D’Kart, we continue the debate with a contribution by Johannes Persch – after economists had their say and Altmaier’s Director General Philipp Steinberg. At the beginning of February, Germany’s Minister of Economics, Peter Altmaier, presented the National Industrial Strategy 2030 (“NIS”). It’s guiding principle is „size matters“. It speaks of international…

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Conference Debriefing (8): Kartellschadensersatzklagen und europäischer Justizwettbewerb aus französischer Sicht

Conference Debriefing (8): Kartellschadensersatzklagen und europäischer Justizwettbewerb aus französischer Sicht

Paris ist natürlich die Stadt der Liebe – aber auch die Hauptstadt des französischen Kartellrechts. Florian Bien hat sich, in zweiterer Mission, an die Seine begeben. Anlass war eine Tagung zum Kartellschadensersatzrecht. Hier ist, pour les amis de D’Kart, sein Conference Debriefing. Tagungen zur Umsetzung der (überwiegend minimalharmonisierenden) Schadensersatzrichtlinie sind mittlerweile in Mode gekommen (siehe nur hier und hier). Das Thema hat unter Kartellrechtlern das Interesse an der innereuropäischen Privatrechts­ver­gleichung neu geweckt. Die Praxis folgt gebannt, bieten sich für Kläger…

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National Industrial Strategy 2030 – Relax, take it easy!

National Industrial Strategy 2030 – Relax, take it easy!

When Peter Altmaier, Germany’s Minister of Economics, presented his National Industrial Strategy 2030 there was uproar with competition lawyers and economists. Philipp Steinberg, one of the thought leaders in the Ministry, sets out his thoughts in D’Kart today. Dieser Text ist auch auf Deutsch verfügbar. Klicken Sie dazu einfach oben rechts auf die Flagge. Globalisation is a fact that Europe and all countries need to accept. Europe is a global player and has no reason to fear global competition. Competition…

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