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Facebook fined for misleading information in relation to WhatsApp takeover

Facebook fined for misleading information in relation to WhatsApp takeover

The European Commission has fined Facebook 110 million euros for providing inaccurate or misleading information in relation to the takeover of WhatsApp. This hefty fine illustrates the importance of providing accurate and complete information in the context of notifying the Commission of a merger or acquisition. When giving notice of ... Read More »

Compensation for providing a service of public interest does not lead to state aid problems

Compensation for providing a service of public interest does not lead to state aid problems

A subsidy scheme launched by the minister for Health, Welfare and Sport for carrying out non-invasive prenatal tests (NIPTs) came into effect on 1 April 2017. Under this subsidy scheme, most of the expenses incurred for NIPTs for pregnant women will be compensated, provided these tests are taken at a ... Read More »

Reasoned opinion of the European Commission against the fines charged in Spain for failure to fill the tax declaration on assets held abroad

Reasoned opinion of the European Commission against the fines charged in Spain for failure to fill the tax declaration on assets held abroad

After the claims filed in November, 2015, by foreigners residing in Spain, the European Commission has recently issued a reasoned opinion requesting Spain to change its rules on assets held in other EU or the European Economic Area (EEA) Member States (so-called “Modelo 720”), as the fines charged for failure ... Read More »

New public procurement in the Czech Republic – part three

New public procurement in the Czech Republic – part three

Our last article devoted to the new public procurement in the Czech Republic is concentrated on the possibilities how an economic operator may protect against illegal practices of the contracting authority during the public procurement procedure pursuant to the new law, which is embodied in the Act No. 134/2016 Coll., ... Read More »

New public procurement in the Czech Republic – part two

New public procurement in the Czech Republic – part two

This article is focused on the basic characteristic of new types of public procurement procedure according to the new Act No. 134/2016 Coll., on public procurement, effective as of 1st October 2016. BASIC CHARACTERISTIC OF TYPES OF PUBLIC PROCUREMENT PROCEDURE Open procedure It is a single-phase procedure, in which any ... Read More »

New public procurement in the Czech Republic – part one

New public procurement in the Czech Republic – part one

The aim of this article is to bring insight into the new public procurement law in the Czech Republic, which became effective as of 1st October 2016 and is incorporated into the Act No. 134/2016 Coll., on public procurement. The new legislation cancelled the existing Act No. 137/2006 Coll., on ... Read More »

The Commission takes action against geoblocking

The Commission takes action against geoblocking

One of the essential characteristics of the European Union is the internal market, where the free movement of persons, goods and services is a priority. Among other things, the European Commission supervises the internal market and takes action against infringements of the aforementioned freedoms. In my earlier article European Commission: ... Read More »

Best price clause of the HRS hotel booking portal violates antitrust law

Best price clause of the HRS hotel booking portal violates antitrust law

(Higher Regional Court in Düsseldorf, decision dated January 9, 2015 VI – Kart. 1/14 (V) [not yet legally binding]) The clause of a hotel booking portal holding a dominant position in the market that prohibits registered hotel operators from undercutting the room prices offered on the booking portal through other ... Read More »

New emergency support from Brussels for vegetables and fruit

New emergency support from Brussels for vegetables and fruit

On 29 September 2014 the European Commission made new emergency support available for certain vegetables and fruit to cushion the effects of the Russian boycott. Background This Russian boycott had already prompted the European Commission to adopt temporary special support measures on 18 August 2014 in Regulation 932/2014. These measures, ... Read More »

European Commission starts consultation on exemption for insurance sector

European Commission starts consultation on exemption for insurance sector

The Block Exemption Regulation (the Exemption) which exempts certain agreements between insurers and reinsurers from the ban on cartels expires on 31 March 2017. The European Commission recently started a market consultation to investigate whether the insurance market still needs a sector-specific exemption from the ban on cartels. Based on ... Read More »

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