Spanish Competition Authority (Madrid)

Spanish Competition Authority

Spanish Competition Authority (Madrid)

The National Commission on Markets and Competition (CNMC in Spanish) is an entity that promotes and defends proper functioning of all markets, in the interest of consumers and businesses. It is a public entity with its own autonomous legal status. It is independent from Spain’s central government but is subject to parliamentary control. It began its operations on 7 October 2013.

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Spanish Competition Authority The Spanish Competition Authority authorises the merger between two national foil packaging manufacturers submitted to conditions (Enoflex / Sparflex)

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The CNMC authorises Enoflex to acquire exclusive control of Sparflex with conditions* The companies primarily manufacture different types of packaging foil for, among others, cavas and sparkling wines. The purchase is cleared in the phase I, but subject to Enoflex making certain divestments in (...)

Spanish Competition Authority The Spanish Competition Authority agrees to a conventional settlement of the disciplinary proceedings for infringement of competition law in the mooring and unmooring sector (Amarres de Algeciras)

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The CNMC settles the disciplinary proceedings against Amarres de Algeciras* It was investigating a sector agreement that could have restricted the freedom to hire of new mooring companies in the Port of Algeciras. The case is settled without a fine, since the conditions presented by the (...)

Spanish Competition Authority The Spanish Competition Authority fines two national pharmaceutical producers of PET radiopharmaceuticals for €5.76 million (Advanced Accelerator Applications / Novartis)

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The CNMC fines the two main pharmaceutical producers of PET radiopharmaceuticals in Spain for €5.76 million* Radiopharmaceuticals are used in nuclear medicine tests to detect and monitor diseases such as cancer. The companies formed a cartel that, for at least four years, allocated the (...)

Spanish Competition Authority The Spanish Competition Authority authorises global concession catering brand’s acquisition of multinational catering company subject to conditions (Areas / Autogrill)

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The CNMC authorises Areas’s acquisition of Autogrill subject to conditions* Areas agrees to release a total of five establishments by the end of 2021, through the early termination of the contracts on some premises or by not submitting an offer for those premises that are about to expire. It (...)

Spanish Competition Authority The Spanish Competition Authority includes a transport company in the proceedings initiated against several undertakings that maintain and operate the national highway network (Ferrovial Servicios)

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The CNMC includes Ferrovial Servicios in the disciplinary proceedings initiated against several companies that maintain and operate the national highway network* In 2019, the CNMC opened an investigation into some of the main companies in the sector for potential anti-trust practices. These (...)

Spanish Competition Authority The Spanish Competition Authority clears national chemicals company’ acquisition of paint and coating manufacturer with remedies (Pigments / Ferro)

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The CNMC clears Pigments’ acquisition of Ferro with remedies* The merger affects the ceramic tile sector, which has a long tradition in Spain and is a significant international economic activity. Before approving the purchase, the CNMC conducted a market test and paid special attention to the (...)

Spanish Competition Authority The Spanish Competition authority initiates proceedings against two pharmaceutical companies for abuse of dominant position ((Leadiant Biosciences SPA / Leadiant Biosciences LTD))

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The CNMC initiates disciplinary proceedings against Leadiant Biosciences Spa and Leadiant Biosciences LTD for alleged practices prohibited by the Antitrust Law It is investigating a potential abuse of their dominant market position in Spain involving the manufacture and supply of the drug (...)

Spanish Competition Authority The Spanish Competition Authority initiates proceedings against the Catalan National Assembly for the launch of an anticompetitive advertising campaign (Catalan National Assembly)

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The CNMC initiates disciplinary proceedings against the Catalan National Assembly.* It investigates potentially unfair practices involving the launch of the “Strategic Consumption” campaign. This campaign encourages consumers not to buy certain products for reasons unrelated to competition (...)

Spanish Competition Authority The Spanish Competition Authority opens an investigation against a company for an abuse of dominance in the market for accessing and connecting to the electricity transmission network (Enel)

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The CNMC investigates Enel Green Power, S.L. (Enel) and its parent company Endesa Generación, S.A. for alleged anticompetitive practices* It assesses Enel’s possible abuse of its dominant position as a company designated as a Single Node Interlocutor (IUN) in the market for accessing and (...)

Spanish Competition Authority The Spanish Competition Authority opens in-depth investigation into a merger involving two mooring and port services companies (S.L. / Cemesa Amarres de Barcelona)

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The CNMC will analyse in depth the merger involving Mooring & Port Services, S.L. and Cemesa Amarres de Barcelona* It consists of creating a joint venture, which will be the only provider of mooring services in the Port of Barcelona. The CNMC starts an in-depth investigation (Phase II), (...)

Spanish Competition Authority The Spanish Competition Authority initiates disciplinary proceedings against an industrial equipment supplier for alleged resale price maintenance and related restrictive practices (Maquinaria Garrido)

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The CNMC initiates disciplinary proceedings against Maquinaria Garrido S.L. for alleged practices prohibited by the Anti-Trust Law* It is investigating the possible restriction of passive sales by its official distributors outside its exclusive territory, and the possible fixing of resale (...)

Spanish Competition Authority The Spanish Competition Authority opens a formal investigation into an animal society for alleged abuse of dominance in dog certification and shows (Royal Canine Society of Spain)

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The CNMC opens a formal investigation into the Royal Canine Society of Spain for alleged antitrust practices* The conduct investigated sought to hinder and avoid competition with other official associations. It potentially affects the markets for certifying purebred dogs and providing judging (...)

Spanish Competition Authority The Spanish Competition Authority initiates disciplinary proceedings against a global oil company for possibly violating its obligation not to indirectly set the recommended retail price for independent station owners operating under its flag (Repsol)

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The CNMC initiates disciplinary proceedings against Repsol for a possible violation of the provisions in the resolutions of 30 July 2009 and 20 December 2013* The CNMC has initiated disciplinary proceedings against REPSOL Comercial de Productos Petrolifos, S.A. (Repsol) for a possible breach (...)

Spanish Competition Authority The Spanish Competition Authority sanctions the amendment of the 4th framework agreement on stowage, for restricting competition (ANESCO / CETM / UGT / CC.OO. / CIG / LAB / ELA)

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The CNMC sanctions the amendment of the 4th framework agreement on stowage, for restricting competition* The entities (a business association and six unions) established, as part of the Negotiating Commission of the 4th Framework Agreement on Stowage, the forced transfer - under non-objective, (...)

Spanish Competition Authority The Spanish Competition Authority fines 33 school transport companies and one association for creating a school transport cartel (School transport cartel / Asociación Navarra de Empresarios del Transporte por Carretera y Logística)

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The CNMC fines 33 school transport companies and one association for creating a school transport cartel in Navarre* The companies conspired to share the school transport by zones and deceive the School Board of the Government of Navarre, driving up the prices of the service for 8 years. The (...)

Spanish Competition Authority The Spanish Competition Authority investigates unauthorized merger operations and antitrust practices in the funeral insurance and funeral services sectors

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The CNMC investigates the possible execution of unauthorised mergers, as well as potential antitrust practices involving the funeral insurance and funeral services markets.* From 8 to 10 September, dawn raids were carried out at the headquarters of various companies active in the aboved (...)

Spanish Competition Authority The Spanish Competition Authority receives over 500 complaints and inquiries in the mailbox set up specifically for individuals and companies during the COVID-19 pandemic

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The CNMC receives over 500 complaints and inquiries through the mailbox set up during the Covid-19 crisis* The CNMC receives over 500 complaints and inquiries through the mailbox set up during the Covid-19 crisis The financial sector (45%) and the health products and food sector (30%) (...)

Spanish Competition Authority The Spanish Competition Authority suspends most procedures in line with the Government’s Royal Decree declaring a state of alert but keeps open the e-services portal for procedures whose parties can prove that delay is against public interest

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CoVid-19- Announcement from the CNMC on the timelines for administrative procedures* "Additional provision 3 of Royal Decree 463/2020 of 14 March, declaring the state of alert to manage the health crisis situation caused by COVID-19, provides for the suspension of periods and timelines for (...)

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