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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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Sustainability under Article 101 (3) TFEU

Sustainability under Article 101 (3) TFEU

Does DG COMP increasingly communicate like a Central Bank? A newsletter here, a subtle hint or comment at a Q&A session there? If high hopes of more ESG (Environment – Social – Governance) elements in the analysis under Article 101 (3) were an exchange traded item, Thursday last week could have been a day with increased selling activity. Thomas Lübbig discusses the last developments. Sustainability – More than a Weasel Word? Executive Vice President Margrethe Vestager delivered her keynote address at…

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Revamp of the EU’s rules on vertical agreements: It’s about the (digital) economy, stupid!

Revamp of the EU’s rules on vertical agreements: It’s about the (digital) economy, stupid!

Just before the summer break, the European Commission (“Commission”) continues to tick off its To-Do-List, adding an important checkmark in its efforts to modernise the current set of rules in various areas of competition law. On 9 July 2021 it published its draft reform of the Vertical Block Exemption Regulation (“Draft VBER”), including revised Guidelines on Vertical Restraints (“Draft Vertical Guidelines”). Kaan Gürer has taken a closer look. What is this all about? The VBER sets out the conditions under…

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Bundeskartellamt in action

Bundeskartellamt in action

On 23 June 2021, the Bundeskartellamt published its activity report for the years 2019/2020 and presented it at an online press conference. But there is also “explosive” news from the European Competition Network (ECN): The antitrust authorities of the member states demand in a paper to be involved in the enforcement of the DMA. Philipp Offergeld gives an overview of both papers. Every two years the Bundeskartellamt reports to the German Bundestag, the Parliament, on its activities in the previous…

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The DMA after the Schwab-Report

The DMA after the Schwab-Report

After the European Commission published a proposal for a “Digital Markets Act” (DMA) at the end of last year, the rapporteur of the European Parliament’s Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection, Dr. Andreas Schwab, has now dealt with the matter – in accordance with the legislative procedure. Philipp Offergeld reports on the essential changes proposed by “Mr. Competition”, which are quite something. This week we received the Draft Report from the European Parliament by Andreas Schwab, who as a…

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SSNIPpets (8) – heute mit Ressortverteilung

SSNIPpets (8) – heute mit Ressortverteilung

Das Wochenende kommt. Und also haben wir wieder in den Nachrichten der letzten Zeit gestöbert, um unseren geneigten Leserinnen und Lesern den Übergang ins Wochenende zu erleichtern. Dabei wurde von Gerichten und Behörden ein Januar-Aktivismus entwickelt, der es schwierig macht, noch hinterherzukommen. Den Ausschnitt auffälliger Meldungen hat Rupprecht Podszun zusammengestellt. Diese Woche borgt er sich die Überschriften aus den Ressortspekulationen der GroKo (Sie erinnern sich: Deutschland sucht eine Regierung). Hier sind unsere SSNIPpets – small, but significant news, information and…

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