Conference Debriefing (36): ASCOLA 2023

Conference Debriefing (36): ASCOLA 2023

PDF version: Click here Suggested Citation: Bostoen/Karg/Thepot, DKartJ 2023, 61 ASCOLA is the Academic Society for Competition Law, the global organization that brings together scholars from all over the world once a year. This year, antitrust professors and their future successors met in Athens (Greece) for the three days Olympics of Competition Law Scholarship. Herbert Hovenkamp was there – and so were Friso Bostoen (Tilburg), Madlen Karg (TU Munich) and Florence Thepot (Strasbourg). The three youngish scholars share their insights and photos here in this…

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Antitrust Super Tuesday

Antitrust Super Tuesday

PDF version: Click here Suggested Citation: Podszun, DKartJ 2023, 54 Such a mass of competition law developments on a single day is rare: Germany is getting the “New Competition Tool”, i.e. an amendment to its competition act, the ECJ has ruled in the matter of the Federal Cartel Office vs Facebook, and the companies that see themselves as digital gatekeepers in the sense of the Digital Markets Act have reported to the European Commission. Whew. On the Fourth of July…

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In eigener Sache: Einladung zum 6. Doktorandenseminar!

In eigener Sache: Einladung zum 6. Doktorandenseminar!

Im Wettbewerbsrecht sprudelt es geradezu an Paradigmenwechseln, genannt seien nur der DMA, § 19a GWB, das Wettbewerbsdurchsetzungsgesetz und das Großthema Nachhaltigkeit. All das bietet viel Anlass zur Diskussion, sodass es am 11. und 12. September 2023 wieder heißt: „Promovierende, vereinigt Euch!“. Es steht das 6. Offene Düsseldorfer Doktorandenseminar im Kartellrecht an! Highlights sind dieses Jahr der Vortrag vom Präsidenten des Bundeskartellamts Herrn Andreas Mundt sowie das traditionelle Kamingespräch, zu dem dieses Jahr Frau Linsey McCallum, stellvertretende Generaldirektorin GD Wettbewerb unser…

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Discourse in Parliament: German Parties & Big Tech

Discourse in Parliament: German Parties & Big Tech

PDF Version: Click here Suggested Citation: Renz/Kuhlmann/Frenken/Walter, DKartJ 2023, 43 On 26 May 2023, competition law was once again a topic in the German Bundestag: The Parliament held the first reading of the planned reform of the Act against Restraints of Competition (GWB). The Bundeskartellamt, the national competition agency, is to receive extended powers – we reported. This upcoming 11th amendment is an occasion to look back at the last debates in parliament. Four students of Heinrich Heine University have…

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Conference Debriefing (36): EU Competition Conference

Conference Debriefing (36): EU Competition Conference

PDF Version: Click here Suggested citation: Kirk/Bongartz, DKartJ 2023, 36 There are two types of visitors to Brussels: some spend Thursday evening on the Plux, marvelling at the view of the spectacularly illuminated Grand-Place and return home sleep-deprived with Belgian chocolates in their trunks. The others spend their time at conferences, absorbing the thoughts of the stars of the antitrust community and dreaming of the more economic approach on the way back in the red cushions of the Hogwarts Express Thalys. The…

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The 11th Amendment to the ARC and Germany’s New Competition Tool

The 11th Amendment to the ARC and Germany’s New Competition Tool

PDF-Version: Click here Suggested Citation: Wagner-von Papp, DKartJ 2023, 22-33 On 5 April 2023, the German government, represented by Robert Habeck (Vice Chancellor and Minister for the Economy and Climate Protection, The Greens) and Marco Buschmann (Minister for Justice, Liberal Democrats (FDP)) unveiled the Government Bill (RegE in German) to reform the Act against Restraints of Competition (ARC) in a press conference [in German, but subtitles can be auto-translated]. In the press conference, Vice Chancellor Habeck called the reform the…

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The Blue Wall: Competition and Sustainability in Berlin

The Blue Wall: Competition and Sustainability in Berlin

PDF Version: Click here Suggested Citation: Podszun, DKartJ 2023, 18-21. Are companies allowed to collude with other companies to jointly reduce CO2 emissions? Hardly any other question has been discussed more often at antitrust conferences across the country in recent years. This is also due to the fact that the first green-led Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection in Germany has named sustainability as a key topic in its Competition Law Agenda 2025. Researchers at the Heinrich Heine University…

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Conference Debriefing (35): FIW Symposium Innsbruck

Conference Debriefing (35): FIW Symposium Innsbruck

 PDF Version: Click here Suggested Citation: Haucap, DKartJ 2023, 11-13 Those who are not part of the antitrust family in the DACH region will certainly associate the Tyrolean capital Innsbruck primarily with the Alps and winter sports and perhaps also think of the fantastic adventures of the spaceship Orion, whose protagonist, Major Cliff Allister McLane, was impersonated by actor Dietmar Schönherr, one of the prominent sons of the city of Innsbruck. Friends of antitrust law and competition economics, on the…

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A lot to digest, and more to come!

A lot to digest, and more to come!

PDF Version: Click here Suggested Citation: Olthoff/Lübbig, DKartJ 2023, 5-7 On 6 February 2023 the European Commission released a draft notification form as part of the draft Implementation Regulation to the FSR (EU Regulation 2022/2560 of 14 December 2022 on foreign subsidies distorting the internal market). This reminded Merit Olthoff and Thomas Lübbig of lines from a famous German poem: “Spirits that I’ve cited – my commands ignore.” – These lines from a famous poem will certainly be well known to German-speaking readers of…

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Dirty laundry in the working group – cleaning instructions from the Federal Court of Justice to the Frankfurt Higher Regional Court

Dirty laundry in the working group – cleaning instructions from the Federal Court of Justice to the Frankfurt Higher Regional Court

PDF Version: Click here Suggested Citation: Heuer/Woeste, DKartJ 2023, 3-5 Shortly before Christmas, the Federal Court of Justice (FCJ) passed judgement on the follow-on lawsuit regarding the so-called “drugstore products cartel”. It had been eagerly awaited not only by the antitrust world but also by the creditors of the insolvent drugstore chain Anton Schlecker e.K. In the ruling, the FCJ expressly clarifies that in the event of an anti-competitive information exchange on price behavior, there is a factual presumption that…

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