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The Italian Competition Authority proposes an extensive competition law reform

On 23 March 2021, the Italian Competition Authority (“ICA”) submitted to the Italian Government a set of proposals to modify the Italian Competition Act (the “Proposal”). The Proposal concerns a wide range of areas, including the digital sector, certain network industries (e.g., port services and energy), the health sector, public tenders and environmental sustainability. The Proposal would notably modify the current rules in relation to merger control, with a view to harmonising Italian rules with the EU Merger Regulation (“EUMR”). In this regard, the ICA recommends replacing the current substantive test, which is still based on the creation or strengthening of a dominant position on the national market, with a test similar to the significant impediment to effective competition (“SIEC”)

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  • Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
  • Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)

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Giovanni Pregno, Francesco Pili, The Italian Competition Authority proposes an extensive competition law reform, 23 March 2021, e-Competitions June 2021, Art. N° 100355

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