Inversión para asistencia técnica en competencia y consumo a países en desarrollo

UNCTAD: Africa replicará la experiencia latinoamericana de asistencia técnica en competencia y consumo El día de hoy se anunció que, después de la exitosa experiencia de la UNCTAD en el programa de asistencia técnica “Competencia y Protección del Consumidor en America Latina – Competition and Consumer Protection for Latin America”, se ha destinado 1 millón de…

Tribunal de Justicia de la Unión Europea: Uber no es una plataforma, sino una empresa de transporte sujeta a licencias y regulación (cuestión prejudicial)

Uber no es una simple plataforma: UE “El Juez de lo Mercantil n.º 3 de Barcelona planteó al TJUE varias cuestiones prejudiciales sobre el carácter de la actividad de Uber, conforme al derecho comunitario, y las consecuencias que implica.” El 11 de mayo de 2017, el abogado general del Tribunal de Justicia de la Unión Europea resolvió…

EU: Anonymous Whistleblower Tool

New Anonymous Whistleblower Tool in the EU “The initiative takes place in the context of falling numbers of leniency applications. The Commission is highly dependent on its leniency program, which has helped to uncover two-thirds of all detected cartels. However, the increasing threat of follow-on damages actions is seen as discouraging companies from blowing the whistle. (…) The…

Bloomberg: Total de multas en 2016

Bloomberg law recogió el total de multas impuestas por persecución de carteles en varias jurisdicciones, para el 2016: EE.UU.: $387 millones USD Unión Europea: $4.1 miles de millones USD India: $941 millones USD Corea del Sur: $765 millones USD. En Colombia, según información publicada por la Superintendencia de Industria y Comercio, en 2016 se impusieron multas…

Funfairs in the UK, anticompetitive?

“On Wednesday, the Competition and Markets Authority issued a statement of objections against the Showmen’s Guild of Great Britain […] The funfair industry, worth an estimated £100m a year, is largely controlled by the 127-year-old trade association. The guild demands that its members adhere to rules that can stop them competing with each another or starting…

UK: Auction Service Providers under investigation

Competition and Markets Authority Opens Investigation into Auction Service Providers “On 22 November 2016, the Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) announced that it had opened a formal investigation into suspected anti-competitive practices in relation to the supply of auction services in the UK. It is understood that the CMA’s investigation was prompted by an allegation…

Romania: Guidelines for public tenders

“The Romanian Competition Council (the “RCC”) recently published new guidelines on detecting and preventing anti-competitive practices in public procurement procedures (the “Guidelines”). The Guidelines provide valuable insight into what the RCC considers relevant signs of bid rigging […] The Guidelines further analyse market traits (e.g. limited numbers of bidders, homogeneous products, market shares and costs symmetry,…

Bid rigging: Same legal adviser preparing the tenders

“The CJEU was ruling on a referral for preliminary ruling from the Latvian Supreme Court, in a case involving three Latvian food companies that had been accused of breaching national competition law. The three companies had all submitted bids to a tender for the supply of food products to educational establishments by the city of…

UK: Open letter to procurement professionals

“The CMA is publishing this open letter to highlight what procurement and supply professionals should look out for, as well as a range of tools and advice that can help with spotting and stopping anti-competitive activity during a tender process.” Open_letter_to_procurement_professionals

“Too open too soon”: Intercambio de información antes de integrarse

La autoridad de competencia holandesa (Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets) sancionó a 4 compañías que participan en el mercado de conservación en cámaras frigoríficas (cold storage), por intercambiar información sensible mientras planeaban integrarse. Las empresas conocieron información sensible sobre precios y clientes y, según esa Autoridad, distorsionaron el funcionamiento del mercado en la medida que antes de…

LR: Cartel de autopartes en la Unión Europea

“Hitachi y Mitsubishi Electric fueron sancionadas en la Unión Europea por acordar precios y repartirse el mercado de autopartes, específicamente en la comercialización de alternadores y motores de arranque. […] ‘El objeto de la conducta por parte de las firmas productoras de autopartes investigadas fue la configuración de un cartel tendiente a coordinar ofertas de precios…

Statement of objections – Google

“The European Commission has sent a Statement of Objections to Google alleging the company has abused its dominant position in the markets for general internet search services in the European Economic Area (EEA) by systematically favouring its own comparison shopping product in its general search results pages. The Commission’s preliminary view is that such conduct…

European Court of Justice doubles number of judges

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/562d0236-df97-11e4-a6c4-00144feab7de.html#axzz3XCbRC1EF http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/562d0236-df97-11e4-a6c4-00144feab7de.html#ixzz3XCj45pVK Financial Times reports that “[t]he number of judges at the second-highest court in the EU is to double to 56, even though the court itself initially only wanted an extra 12, after member states failed to agree on how to appoint them.”  This measure is adopted invoking efficiency. Almost a century ago, efficiency…