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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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Public procurement: the Commission requests Italy to respect EU rules for public works contract

Public procurement: the Commission requests Italy to respect EU rules for public works contract

The European Commission (the “Commission”) has recently sent to the Republic of Italy a reasoned opinion requesting the member Country to correctly apply EU public procurement rules for the construction of new buildings for the judicial administration of Bari (“Cittadella della giustizia”), with an estimated value of € 350 million. Read More »

Leasing out of local football stadium due for renovation can constitute state aid

Leasing out of local football stadium due for renovation can constitute state aid

In a decision dated 2 October 2013, the European Commission concluded that the proposed leasing out of the football stadium due for renovation in the German municipality of Chemnitz to the local professional football club Chemnitzer FC (CFC) constitutes state aid. According Read More »

General Court: German nature conservation organisations are undertakings

General Court: German nature conservation organisations are undertakings

In a judgement from 12 September 2013, the General Court of the European Union ruled that German nature conservation organisations (Naturschutzorganisationen) were undertakings within the meaning of state aid rules. As a result thereof, the transfer of title to tracts of land by the Bund (the German federal government) to ... Read More »

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