Italian Competition Authority

Italian Competition Authority (Rome)

The Italian Competition Authority (Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato) was established in Italy by Law no. 287 of 1990. It is an independent body, in that decisions are based on the competition law without interference by the Government. Having as aim the citizens’ welfare, the Authority enforces rules against anticompetitive agreements among undertakings, abuses of dominant position as well as concentrations (e.g., mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures) which may create or strengthen dominant positions detrimental to competition. Moreover, the Authority may send official opinions to the Government, the Parliament, the Regions and Local Authorities whenever existing or proposed legislative and administrative measures restrict competition. The Italian Competition Authority is also in charge of several other competencies, including protecting consumers from misleading advertising, comparative advertising which may bring discredit on competitors’ products or cause confusion, as well as unfair commercial practices among undertakings. Finally, the Authority enforces rules against conflicts of interest for government officials.

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Italian Competition Authority The Italian Competition Authority closes pre-investigation proceedings against a football club to remove any possible unfair element of certain clauses in contracts for ticket selling (Serie A SSC Napoli)

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CV205 - ICA, Napoli football club will reimburse the ticket, if so requested by consumer, in case of match postponement* The Authority asked SSC Napoli S.p.A. to remove any possible unfair element of certain clauses in the contractual conditions of the Regulations of the San Paolo stadium and (...)

Italian Competition Authority The Italian Competition Authority launches six investigations against some of the main operators at global level in cloud computing services (Google / Apple / Dropbox)

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Antitrust: Investigations launched against Google, Apple and Dropbox for their cloud computing services* The proceedings relate to allegedly unfair commercial practices and the possible presence of unfair terms in the contractual conditions The Italian Competition Authority has launched six (...)

Italian Competition Authority The Italian Competition Authority welcomes the decision of the Prefecture of Rome to annul the endering procedure for the integrated management of the judicial documents notifications service (Prefecture of Rome)

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The Italian Competition Authority welcomes the decision of the Prefecture of Rome to annul the tendering procedure for the assignment of the service of integrated management of the notifications of judicial documents* The Authority had previously sent a reasoned opinion in which it noted that (...)

Italian Competition Authority The Italian Competition Authority opens investigation into excessive pricing and anticompetitive contractual conditions by a dominant ferry company (Caronte & Tourist)

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Antitrust: investigation launched against the ferry company Caronte & Tourist* The company is in a dominant position in passenger ferrying in the Strait of Messina The Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato has launched an investigation against the company Caronte & Tourist (...)

Italian Competition Authority The Italian Competition Authority launches an investigation on two giant tech companies for implementing a competition-restricting agreement (Apple / Amazon)

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ICA: investigation launched against Apple and Amazon for banning the sale of Apple- and Beats-branded products to retailers who do not join the official programme* Italian Competition Authority launched an investigation pursuant to Article 101 TFUE against the companies in the Apple Inc. and (...)

Italian Competition Authority The Italian Competition Authority clears a voluntary all-inclusive public exchange offer between banking groups, subject to higher structural remedies than originally offered (Ubi Banca / Intesa Sanpaolo)

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C12287 - ICA: acquisition of Ubi Banca by Intesa Sanpaolo authorised with conditions* The Italian Competition Authority authorised with conditions the acquisition of control of Ubi Banca S.p.A. by Intesa Sanpaolo S.p.A. (hereinafter also ‘ISP’) The Authority noted that the merger transaction, (...)

Italian Competition Authority The Italian Competition Authority provides feedback on the governmental report regarding the development of ultra-wideband fixed and mobile telecommunication infrastructure, with a view to promoting investment and competition

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S3904 - ICA: removing obstacles to the development of the ultra-wide bands. Report to Parliament, the Government, AGCOM and ANCI* At the meeting of the 1st July 2020, the Italian Competition Authority [Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato] decided to address a report to the (...)

Italian Competition Authority The Italian Competition Authority opens investigation into alleged anticompetitive agreement obstructing procurement of free films by film arenas (ANICA / ANEC / ANEC Lazio)

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I840 - ICA: launch of an investigation into Anica, Anec and Anec Lazio for obstructing the procurement of films, free of charge, by film arenas* The Authority launched an investigation into Associazione Nazionale Industrie Cinematografiche Audiovisive e Multimediali (ANICA), Associazione (...)

Italian Competition Authority The Italian Competition Authority investigates whether a current gas distribution concessionaire abused dominance to delay competitive bidding for the next concession (Italgas Reti)

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ICA: investigation launched into Italgas to verify abusive practices in the tender for the gas distribution service in some municipalities in the province of Venice* The Authority has decided to launch an investigation to verify whether Italgas Reti Spa, the current operator under extension of (...)

Italian Competition Authority The Italian Competition Authority allows cooperation among competing pharmacies in purchasing and selling surgical masks, and common moratorium scheme for consumer credit among competing financial services providers, both as special measures allowed due to COVID-19

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ICA: competitive compatibility verified of the cooperation agreements between businesses for the distribution of masks and the moratorium scheme for consumer credit prepared by Assofin* The Authority has applied for the first time the Communication, approved last April, on cooperation (...)

Italian Competition Authority The Italian Competition Authority releases notice on cooperation agreements between businesses within the framework of the COVID-19 emergency with special emphasis on the pharmaceutical, agri-food and health sector

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ICA: Notice on cooperation agreements between businesses within the framework of the coronavirus emergency* Following the crisis caused by the spread of COVID-19 and the needs of the production system to cope with it, the Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato (Italian Competition (...)

Italian Competition Authority The Italian Competition Authority launches an investigation and opens sub-proceedings for potentially ordering interim measures against two companies providing products for the prevention of contagion COVID-19 to consumers resident in Europe (ContextLogic / Wish)

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PS11734 - ANTITRUST: PROCEEDINGS INITIATED AGAINST THE WWW.WISH.COM PLATFORM* On 31 March, the Authority launched an investigation and opened a sub-proceedings for ordering, if necessary, an interim measure against ContextLogic Inc, the US company that owns the www.wish.com platform and its (...)

Italian Competition Authority The Italian Competition Authority publishes two investigations against online platforms with regards to some claims relating to the marketing of hand sanitising, respiratory masks and hygiene products (Amazon / eBay)

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Coronavirus, the Authority begins investigating Amazon and eBay for misleading claims and excessive price increases.* The Authority launched two separate investigations today against the Amazon platform (Amazon Italia Customer Service, Amazon Eu, Amazon Service Europe) and eBay platform (eBay (...)

Italian Competition Authority The Italian Competition Authority investigates online sales platforms for excessive pricing of hand sanitizers and respiratory protection masks in the face of COVID-19 outbreak in the country

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ICA: Coronavirus, the Authority intervenes in the sale of sanitizing products and masks* Today the Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato (the Italian Antitrust Authority) sent a request for information to the main online sales platforms and other sales sites about the marketing of (...)

Italian Competition Authority The Italian Competition Authority opens an investigation against several shipping companies to assess an alleged agreement restricting competition in the market for the transport of flammable material and waste to and from the islands in the Gulf of Naples (Mediterranea Marittima / Servizi Marittimi Liberi Giuffré & Lauro / Medmar Navi / Tra.Spe.Mar / GML Trasporti Marittimi and Consorzio COTRASIR)

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ICA: investigation opened into an alleged anticompetitive agreement in the transport of fuel and waste to and from the Campanian Archipelago* On 14 January 2020, the Authority opened an investigation against the companies Mediterranea Marittima S.p.a., Servizi Marittimi Liberi Giuffré & (...)

Italian Competition Authority The Italian Competition Authority fines over €30 million the main companies in the private security sector for bid-rigging (Allsystem / Coopservice / Italpol / IVRI / Sicuritalia)

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I821 - ICA: tenders for security services. Fine of over 30 million euros for an agreement restricting competition* The Italian Antitrust Authority has closed an investigation finding an anticompetitive agreement between the main companies in the private security sector, Allsystem, Coopservice, (...)

Italian Competition Authority The Italian Competition Authority fines several companies having implemented two anticompetitive agreements in the market for corrugated cardboard sheets and in the market for corrugated cardboard packaging (Pro-Gest, Cartonstrong Italia, Ondulato Trevigiano, Ondulati Maranello...)

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ICA: corrugated cardboard, fines of over €287 million for the main manufacturing companies* On 17 July 2019, the Antitrust Authority concluded an investigation, finding that two separate agreements had been implemented to distort the competitive dynamics in the market for corrugated cardboard (...)

Italian Competition Authority The Italian Competition Authority fines several companies for bid-rigging in the context of tenders for the assignment of broadcasting rights of football matches in tournaments organized by the Italian football league (MP Silva / IMG / B4 Capital)

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ICA: agreement on tenders for the assignment of international rights to football on TV. MP Silva, IMG and B4 Capital fined 67 million Euros* On April 24 the Italian Competition Authority concluded an investigation, ascertaining a violation of art. 101, paragraph 1, of the Treaty on the (...)

Italian Competition Authority The Italian Competition Authority opens an investigation against several incumbent gas distribution operators suspected to have abused individually of their dominance (Ireti / Italgas Reti / 2i Rete Gas)

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Antitrust investigation against Ireti, Italgas Reti and 2i Rete Gas for an alleged abuse of dominant position in the distribution of gas* On 12 March 2019 the ICA (Italian Competition Authority) has opened an investigation to assess whether Ireti Spa, Italgas Reti Spa and 2i Rete Gas Spa - the (...)

Italian Competition Authority The Italian Competition Authority fines a social network 10 Million euros for unfair commercial practices using its subscribers’ data for commercial purposes (Facebook)

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Facebook fined 10 million Euros by the ICA for unfair commercial practices for using its subscribers’ data for commercial purposes On 29 November 2018 the Italian Competition Authority (ICA), closed the investigation opened last April for alleged violations of the Consumer Code by Facebook (...)

Italian Competition Authority The Italian Competition Authority, in collaboration with 9 National Competition Authorities and the EU Commission, monitors the impact of the measures undertaken in online hotel booking sector

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Monitoring launched in online hotel booking sector* Monitoring the impact of the new parity clauses in the contracts with online travel agencies by the Italian Competition Authority in partnership with 9 other National Competition Authorities The Italian Competition Authority (AGCM), in (...)

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