Fake notebooks, clandestine meetings, secret phone calls, destroyed documents, the list goes on and on. About fifty companies were ultimately targeted by the twenty-three months of investigation.
The Commissioner for Competition has been active in approving state aid measures in order to benefit the affected businesses as quickly as possible.
Two interesting data protection developments were concluded on the first week of October, with the Court clarifying elements of the Commission investigation procedure into anticompetitive activities and a hefty fine for a H&M subsidiary for data collection
The investigation looks into whether Amazon’s practices during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic towards third-party marketplace sellers could amount to an abuse of a dominant position.
The American tech behemoth gained a major victory over the Commission, as the General Court did not see the company gaining unfair advantages in the Irish tax rulings.
New ECJ ruling gives increased protection to parties affected by anticompetitive behaviour
The Member States are split in finding an amicable resolution in ensuring proper tax payments by such multinational companies
The decision may well influence the Commission’s strategy in competition law