The German Parliament passes the 10th amendment of the German Act against restraints of competition

On 19 January 2021, the 10th Amendment of the German Act against Restraints of Competition (“ARC”) entered into force. The 10th Amendment, also referred to as the “Digitalisation Act”, introduces significant changes to German Competition Law. A previous issue of this newsletter (VBB on Competition Law Volume 2020, No. 9) reported in detail on the draft bill tabled by the German government (the “Draft Bill”). Although many of the proposals contained in the Draft Bill were adopted, several important amendments were inserted during the legislative process. In the field of abuse of dominant position, the Digitalisation Act introduces a new Section 19a ARC, which confers new powers on the German Federal Cartel Office (“FCO”) to more effectively control socalled “digital giants” by introducing the

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Katharina Bongs, Laura Lehoczky-Deckers, The German Parliament passes the 10th amendment of the German Act against restraints of competition, 19 January 2021, e-Competitions January 2021, Art. N° 99351

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