Competition Law & Covid-19

Unilateral Practices

The Belgian Competition Authority publishes its notice on enforcement priorities for 2022
McDermott Will & Emery (Brussels)
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McDermott Will & Emery (Brussels)
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McDermott Will & Emery (Brussels)
On May 16, 2022, the Belgian Competition Authority (BCA) published its long-awaited notice on enforcement priorities for 2022 (Notice). The BCA explains that, with a view to making the best use of its resources, it will focus its interventions on matters where the expected positive effect of (...)

The Indonesian Competition Authority announces end to relaxation of competition rules put in place over the COVID-19 pandemic Free
Hogan Lovells (Jakarta)
KPPU, the Indonesian Competition Authority, announced that the relaxation measures which were in place due to the pandemic will no longer be applicable as of 1 May 2022. Corporations carrying out business in Indonesia or related to the Indonesian market should buckle up for more rigorous (...)

The Hungarian Competition Authority launches an investigation into the domestic market for COVID-19 antibody tests Free
Hungarian Competition Authority (Budapest)
The GVH also investigates the domestic market for rapid COVID-19 antibody tests* 25 February 2022, Budapest – The Hungarian Competition Authority (GVH) has launched an accelerated sector inquiry into the domestic market for rapid antibody tests that can detect the presence of antibodies against (...)

The Canadian Competition Authority joins the competition authorities of the United States, Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom in a new working group focussed on sharing information to identify and prevent potentially anticompetitive conduct in the global supply and distribution of goods
Canadian Competition Bureau (Gatineau)
International working group targets potential collusion by competitors in supply and distribution of goods* The Competition Bureau has joined the competition authorities of the United States, Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom in a new working group focussed on sharing information (...)

The French Competition Authority starts ex officio proceedings to analyse competition conditions in the cloud computing sector
French Competition Authority (Paris)
The Autorité de la concurrence starts proceedings ex officio to analyse competition conditions in the cloud computing sector* During his hearing on 12 January 2022 before the French National Assembly (Assemblée nationale), Benoit Cœuré indicated that the digital sector would be one of the (...)

The Hungarian Competition Authority publishes report of its inquiry into the supply and distribution of rapid COVID-19 tests, and recommends a shortening of value-chains and a possible price cap Free
Hungarian Competition Authority (Budapest)
GVH makes competition-boosting recommendations to remedy the high prices of COVID rapid tests* 25 January 2022, Budapest - The Hungarian Competition Authority (GVH) has completed its accelerated sector inquiry into the domestic market for coronavirus rapid tests. In addition to high prices, (...)

The Cypriot Competition Authority publishes its annual report for 2020 noting particularly the introduction of a new IT system and the large number of merger cases evaluated Free
Commission for the Protection of Competition of the Republic of Cyprus (Nicosia)
The Annual Report of the Commission for the Protection of Competition for the year 2020* The Annual Report of the Competition Commission for the year 2020 presents the work and actions of the Commission during an extremely demanding year with unprecedented changes in working conditions for the (...)

The Australian Competition Authority releases its latest "Airline Competition in Australia" report which reveals that consumers will benefit from increased competition and cheaper fares on the country’s busiest routes once borders reopen
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (Canberra)
Consumers to benefit from increased competition on busiest airline routes* Millions of Australians are set to benefit from increased competition and cheaper airfares on Australia’s busiest routes as state and territory borders reopen and the domestic airline industry prepares for a peak summer (...)

The EU Commission publishes a Communication on new challenges in competition policy, namely insisting on a progressive phase-out of the COVID-19 crisis and its efforts to deliver on the green and digital transitions Free
Zepos & Yannopoulos (Athens)
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Zepos & Yannopoulos (Athens)
On 18 November 2021, the European Commission (hereinafter the “Commission”) published a Communication on “A competition policy fit for new challenges” (hereinafter the “Communication”). The Communication provides an illustrative consolidation of the current work streams – both at the enforcement and (...)

The EU Commission adopts Communication on a competition policy fit for new challenges, including for the Single Market’s COVID-19 recovery, and for the green and digital transitions Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
Competition: Commission outlines contribution of competition policy and its review to green and digital transition, and to a resilient Single Market* The European Commission has adopted a Communication on a competition policy fit for new challenges, which frames the important role of (...)

The EU Commission adopts a work programme for 2022 including a review of competition policy
Jones Day (Brussels)
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Jones Day (Brussels)
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Jones Day (Brussels)
On 19 October 2021, the Commission adopted its Work Programme for 2022 of key initiatives for the coming year and how these will be concretely pursued, particularly towards promoting a greener, more resilient, and digital post-COVID-19 Europe. The Work Programme contains 42 new initiatives (...)

The International Competition Network holds its 20th annual conference with focus on sustainability and competition policy post COVID-19 Free
German Competition Authority (Bonn)
The ICN virtually celebrates its 20th Anniversary in Budapest and announces Berlin as venue for the 21st ICN Annual Conference* The International Competition Network (ICN) held its 20th annual conference from 13 to 15 October. The event hosted by the Hungarian Competition Authority took place (...)

The UK Government consults on proposals aimed at improving its competition regime and strengthening its Competition Authority post-COVID-19, including updates to merger review, investigation tools, interim measures, fines and more direct intervention in consumer protection Free
Hogan Lovells (London)
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Hogan Lovells (London)
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Hogan Lovells (London)
On 20 July 2021, the government launched a consultation containing substantial proposals that could herald the most important reform of the UK competition regime in 25 years (the consultation). The proposals follow multiple reports and papers and, if they survive the consultation process, could (...)

The EU Commission issues a second competition comfort letter in support of pharmaceutical cooperation to combat the COVID-19 pandemic Free
Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
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Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
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Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
On Monday 29 March 2021, the European Commission’s Directorate General for Competition (the Commission) published its second “new style” comfort letter. It was addressed to the organisers of an online “matchmaking event” that runs on 29 and 31 March 2021 and brings together more than 300 parties (...)

The German Competition Authority launches a competition register for public procurement
Bird & Bird (Dusseldorf)
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Bird & Bird (Dusseldorf)
The Federal Cartel Office (“FCO”) has recently launched the German Competition Register for Public Procurement (“Competition Register”) and approved the participation if pharmaceutical wholesalers in the VCI Emergency Platform for vaccination equipment - two important steps in fighting white-collar (...)

The Indian Competition Authority grants an interim order against online travel agencies alleged to have engaged in anti-competitive practices (MMT-Go / Treebo / FabHotels)
Gujarat National Law University (Gandhinagar)
1. Introduction On 9th March 2021, India’s fair trade regulator, the Competition Commission of India (‘CCI’) granted Interim Relief to the parties seeking it, Treebo and FabHotels. They had been delisted from the platform of India’s most popular Online Travel Agency (‘OTA’), MakeMyTrip (‘MMT-Go’). (...)

The EU Commission selects 15 initiatives to help simplify and modernize EU law after the COVID-19 outbreak Free
Steptoe & Johnson (Brussels)
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Jones Day (Brussels)
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Jones Day (Brussels)
On 5 March 2021, the Commission announced the Fit for Future Platform’s selection of 15 initiatives aimed at simplifying EU law. Launched in May 2020, the Platform gathers a high-level expert group to assist the Commission with simplifying existing EU laws and reducing administrative burdens (...)

The Australian Competition Authority announces that restrictions on travel and economic activity due to the COVID-19 outbreak have an enormous effect on petrol prices
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (Canberra)
Petrol prices ended bumpy year slightly lower as demand rebounded* Petrol prices in Australia’s five largest cities stabilised at the end of 2020 after an unpredictable year and petrol sales volumes continued to recover from their earlier pandemic-driven slump. That’s according to the ACCC’s (...)

The Australian Competition Authority releases its 2021 enforcement and compliance priorities
Bird & Bird (Sydney)
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Bird & Bird (Sydney)
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Bird & Bird (Sydney)
On 23 February 2021, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) released its enforcement and compliance priorities for the year ahead. The Chairman of the ACCC, Rod Sims, also made his first public appearance today to discuss those priorities. As we have previously reported, (...)

The Australian Competition Authority outlines its enforcement and compliance priorities for 2021 in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic Free
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (Canberra)
ACCC’s 2021 enforcement and compliance priorities* Sales practices in Australia’s domestic travel sector, competition in aviation and the conduct of some caravan manufacturers will be among the ACCC’s compliance and enforcement priorities during 2021, ACCC Chair Rod Sims announced today. In his (...)

The Australian Competition Authority releases its annual list of compliance and enforcement priorities during the COVID-19 pandemic Free
Bird & Bird (Sydney)
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Bird & Bird (Sydney)
On 23 February 2021, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (“ACCC”) released its compliance and enforcement priorities for 2021. These priorities provide guidance to industries and businesses regarding those areas which will be a key focus for the ACCC’s enforcement activities in the (...)

The UK Parliament publishes recommendations on how competition law and the consumer protection regime could be improved
Ashurst (London)
In September 2020, John Penrose MP was commissioned by the UK Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Secretary of State for BEIS to write an independent report on how the UK’s approach to competition and consumer issues could be improved. In particular, the UK Government’s terms of reference (...)

The UK Parliament publishes recommendations for a stronger competition and consumer protection regime
Herbert Smith Freehills (London)
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Simmons & Simmons (London)
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Herbert Smith Freehills (London)
On 16 February the UK government published a Report by John Penrose MP, commissioned earlier this year to lead a review on how the UK’s competition regime will need to evolve to meet its policy aims of promoting a dynamic, innovation-driven economy which delivers for consumers and businesses (...)

The French Competition Authority publishes its priorities in a roadmap
Huawei Technologies (Paris)
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Vaillant Group (Paris)
After a year strongly marked by the unprecedented COVID-19 health and economic crisis, the French Competition Authority ("FCA") recently published its roadmap for 2021. Continuity and novelty are the two words that can summarise the FCA’s 2021 priorities: Continuity: given that some of these (...)

The UK Competition Authority consults on its annual plan for 2021 and 2022
United Kingdom’s Competition Authority (CMA) (London)
The CMA is consulting on its Annual Plan for 2021/22.* The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has outlined the key areas on which it expects to focus in the coming year, including its ongoing commitment to protect UK consumers during the unprecedented circumstances of the coronavirus (...)

The OECD holds a roundtable on the role of competition policy in promoting economic recovery Free
OECD - Competition Division (Paris)
As the COVID-19 crisis develops and moves through different stages including soon towards economic recovery, governments, policymakers and regulators, including competition authorities, face different challenges in order to support a swift and robust recovery. In a world hard hit by a pandemic (...)

The Australian Competition Authority issues interim report on its first inquiry of digital services platforms which finds a surge in online messaging use during the COVID-19 pandemic as big digital platforms continue to expand
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (Canberra)
Surge in online messaging use as big digital platforms continue to expand* Australians are increasingly turning to online private messaging services to keep in touch with each other, and are overwhelmingly choosing services provided by Facebook and Apple. The ACCC’s first Digital Platform (...)

The Mexican Competition Authority proposes 12 measures on economic competition matters to support the recovery of the national economy as a result of the COVID-19 health crisis Free
Mexican Competition Authority (Mexico City)
COFECE proposes 12 measures on economic competition matters to support the recovery of the Mexican economy* As a result of the health crisis, markets could further concentrate. Guaranteeing inclusion and permanence of a wide range of companies is the best way to ensure a sustainable recovery (...)

The Australian Competition Authority releases an airline competition report exploring the impact of COVID-19 on the sector Free
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (Canberra)
Airline competition critical for consumers and economy* The ACCC’s Airline Competition in Australia reportreleased today explores the significant impact of COVID-19 on the sector and outlines the approach the ACCC will take to protecting competition. The report is the first under the Federal (...)

The BRICS Competition Authorities issue a statement on COVID-19
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas (New Delhi)
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Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas (New Delhi)
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Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas (New Delhi)
The Heads of the BRICS Competition Authorities of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa issued a Statement on COVID-19. The Authorities noted the significant impact of the pandemic on all aspects of global economic stability, especially in developing countries and recognised the (...)

The UK Competition Authority takes part in a paper exploring the consequences for competition of the COVID-19 pandemic Free
United Kingdom’s Competition Authority (CMA) (London)
How should competition policy react to coronavirus?* IPPR has today published a paper by CMA Chairman Andrew Tyrie, discussing how competition policy can contribute to a robust and sustainable post-crisis recovery. The paper - How should competition policy react to coronavirus? - explores (...)

The Hellenic Competition Authority carries out an in-depth investigation into the effects of COVID-19 pandemic on the markets for basic food commodities Free
Hellenic Competition Commission (Athens)
In-depth investigation into the effects of COVID-19 pandemic on the markets for basic food commodities * The Hellenic Competition Commission ("HCC"), acting within its powers, systematically investigates and monitors financial data for various sectors, in particular relating to basic consumer (...)

The Italian Competition Authority reports to Parliament and the Government on the Relaunch Decree related to COVID-19 Free
Italian Competition Authority (Rome)
S3940 - ICA: report to Parliament and the Government on Relaunch Decree issues At the meeting held on the 1st July 2020, the Authority resolved, pursuant to article 21 of Italian Law no. 287/1990, to report certain provisions of Italian Decree Law no. 34 of 19 May 2020 on Urgent measures (...)

Cooperation & COVID-19: The EU Temporary Framework & national cooperation exemptions
Charles Russell Speechlys (London)
The onset of the Coronavirus crisis has created higher-than-normal demands for certain medical and certain non-medical related goods and services. The fast moving situation makes it difficult for businesses and customers to predict demand levels and ensure they have the capacity to service (...)

The Indian Competition Authority holds a roundup covering the main developments of the past two months
Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas (New Delhi)
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Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas (New Delhi)
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Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas (New Delhi)
Indian Competition Law Roundup: April-May 2020* In this Roundup, we highlight the main developments in Indian competition law in April and May 2020. The COVID-19 Response The CCI is Open for Business As stated in our April update on ‘Indian Competition Law and COVID-19’, the Competition (...)

The OECD issues note on competition and emergency procurement during COVID-19 Free
OECD - Competition Division (Paris)
Health concerns, confinement measures and border closures adopted in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis have caused severe disruption in the supply and distribution chain of goods, works and services that the public sector needs. At the same time, public buyers around the world need some goods (...)

The Hong Kong Competition Authority reminds businesses participating in anti-COVID-19 subsidy programs to adhere to the Competition Ordinance Free
Hong Kong Competition Commission (Hong Kong)
Competition Commission reminds businesses participating in anti-epidemic subsidy programmes to adhere to the Competition Ordinance* The Competition Commission (Commission) is aware that the Government has recently introduced various subsidy programmes to assist businesses and individuals (...)

Collaboration among competitors & COVID-19: The impact on EU and national case laws Free
McDermott Will & Emery (Dusseldorf)
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Milbank (London)
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McDermott Will & Emery (Dusseldorf)
The first case of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) was confirmed in late 2019, and a pandemic was declared by the World Health Organisation in March 2020. Following this declaration, governments worldwide have taken extraordinary measures to combat the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Measures are (...)

The Australian Competition Authority announces a re-focus of its 2020 compliance and enforcement priorities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic Free
Bird & Bird (Sydney)
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Bird & Bird (Sydney)
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Bird & Bird (Sydney)
Due to the rapidly changing global landscape, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission announced on 27 March 2020 a "re-focus" of its 2020 Compliance and Enforcement Priorities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. While it has not explicitly revoked its existing priorities, which we (...)

The Mexican Competition Authority issues hollow guidance on the application of the Mexican antitrust statute during the COVID-19 pandemic Free
White & Case (Mexico)
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White & Case (Mexico)
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White & Case (Mexico)
On March 27, the Mexican Antitrust Commission (“COFECE”) issued a statement regarding the application of the Mexican Antitrust Statute during the coronavirus pandemic (“Statement”). Summary of the Statement With the Statement, COFECE attempted to provide guidance on the following practices in the (...)

Competition policy & COVID-19: An overview of antitrust agencies’ responses Free
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (Brussels)
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Macfarlanes (Brussels)
The COVID-19 pandemic creates unprecedented issues for businesses and the global economy as a whole. The antitrust community is at the early stages of reacting to the situation: agency staff are working hard to keep the wheels on their existing workload, while taking steps to alleviate (...)

The Irish Government recognizes that contracting authorities need support and assistance concerning public procurement as a consequence of the COVID-19 outbreak Free
McCann FitzGerald (Brussels)
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McCann FitzGerald (Dublin)
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McCann FitzGerald (Dublin)
COVID-19 has led to unprecedented limitations on economic and other activity within Ireland and around the world. Each contracting authority should consider the associated risks to their procurements whether planned or on-going, and determine how to proceed. This short paper outlines the (...)

The Romanian Competition Authority sets down guidelines on business practices for companies during the COVID-19 pandemic Free
CMS (Romania)
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CMS (Romania)
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CMS (Romania)
The Romanian Competition Council (RCC) has just set down guidelines on business practices for companies during the COVID-19 pandemic. While the competition watchdog acknowledges that companies should take certain protective measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus (e.g. reduce (...)

The South African Minister of Trade and Industry issues regulations to curb the spread of panic buying and price hikes amidst COVID-19 fears Free
Fasken (Johannesburg)
South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa declared a National State of Disaster on 15 March 2020 in a proactive attempt to curb the spread of COVID-19. In line with this proactive response to the global pandemic, on Thursday 19 March 2020 the Minister of Trade and Industry (the "Minister"), Mr (...)

The Caledonian Competition Authority announces pursue competition law enforcement in the context of Covid-19 pandemic Free
University of Perpignan
I) Introduction The coronavirus pandemic has and will have a huge impact on our economy. Undoubtedly, we face the worst crisis in our recent history. A major consequence is serious financial distress for a myriad of undertakings. A phenomenal number of companies are already close to (...)

The UK Government publishes a procurement policy note which sets out guidelines to contracting authorities on responding to the impact of COVID-19 when carrying out regulated procurement activities Free
Ashurst (London)
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Ashurst (London)
Introduction In the light of the global outbreak of Covid-19, contracting authorities will need to procure goods, services and works in truly exceptional circumstances and, potentially, their requirements will be extremely urgent. Therefore, contracting authorities may have legitimate reasons (...)

The UK Government publishes a procurement policy note in response to the COVID-19 impact on the supply of goods, services, and works to the public sector Free
Bird & Bird (London)
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Bird & Bird (London)
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Bird & Bird (London)
Clearly the spread of COVID-19 and the measures imposed by the Government will have a significant impact on the supply of goods, services and works to the public sector. Supplies and services may be required urgently and/or existing procurement processes may be delayed to accommodate issues (...)

The UK Government issues guidance on using public procurement policy to respond to the COVID-19 emergency circumstances Free
University of Bristol - Law School
EXTREME EMERGENCY PROCUREMENT AND COVID-19 — RE TODAY’S UK GUIDANCE* The UK Government has issued guidance on using public procurement to respond to the COVID-19 emergency earlier today (see PPN 1/20). This follows other EU countries’ introduction of emergency legislation and guidance on the same (...)

The EU Commission confirms the Parliament and Council’s procurement directive to answer the question of COVID-19 may affect the use of the negotiated procedure without prior publication and amending contracts during their term Free
Bird & Bird (Helsinki)
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Dittmar & Indrenius (Helsinki)
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Bird & Bird (Helsinki)
The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has in a short time driven the whole world into a state of emergency. The pandemic may cause situations for which contracting authorities cannot have prepared for in advance. In this article, we will look at the question of how COVID-19 may affect the use of the (...)

The Croatian Competition Authority determines that a national airport did not abuse its dominant position when applying a COVID-19 discount for airlines (Zagreb Airport / RyanAir) Free
Croatian Competition Agency (Zagreb)
CCA investigates practices of Zagreb airport* In the preliminary market investigation relating to the alleged abusive practices of the undertaking Međunarodna zračna luka Zagreb d.d. (Zagreb Airport) with respect to the conclusion of the agreement on the provision of services with the (...)

The Australian Competition Authority reports a standstill in the domestic airline industry due to the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions and cautions airports against using their market power to try to recoup losses after the pandemic through excessive prices Free
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (Canberra)
COVID restrictions bring domestic airline industry to a standstill* Travel restrictions as a result of the recent COVID-19 Delta outbreaks have brought the majority of domestic flying to a stop and delivered a significant blow to the local airline industry, the ACCC’s latest Airline Competition (...)

The Indian Competition Authority issues an interim behavioral remedy to relist franchise hotel properties on certain platforms before concluding the abuse of dominant position investigation against them (MMT-Go / Treebo / FabHotels)
Economic Laws Practice (New Delhi)
In a first-of-its-kind order, the Competition Commission of India (“CCI”) has used its power to grant interim relief to applicants in a two-sided digital market. On 9 th March 2021, CCI ordered MMT-Go to relist properties of Treebo and FabHotels on its platform. CCI received information against (...)

The Luxembourg Competition Authority’s president rejects a request for interim measures in the context of the COVID-19 health crisis (Bionext / Laboratoire National de Santé) Free
Ecole de Formation du barreau (Paris)
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Bonn & Schmitt (Luxembourg)
I. Introduction On 17 December 2020, the President of the Luxembourg Competition Council (hereinafter the “President”) rendered a decision on a request for interim measures requested by the laboratory Bionext S.A. (hereinafter “Bionext”) against the Laboratoire National de Santé (hereinafter (...)

The US FTC settles allegations that a real-time communications platform offering videoconferencing software has engaged in a series of unfair practices and requires it to enhance its security procedures (Zoom) Free
Norton Rose Fulbright (New York)
During the Covid-19 pandemic, Zoom Video Communications, Inc. (Zoom) gained enough popularity to attract the FTC’s attention, including to its security practices. The FTC-Zoom settlement announced on November 9, 2020, which requires Zoom to implement a robust information security program, marked (...)

The South African Competition Tribunal publishes its written reasons to penalize a pharmaceutical chain for excessive pricing (Dis-Chem) Free
Primerio (Johannesburg)
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Primerio (Johannesburg)
South Africa’s Second Price Gouging Case: Dis-Chem Penalised For Excessive Pricing re Face Masks* On 14 July 2020, the South African Competition Tribunal published its written reasons in relation to its decision to penalize Dis-Chem (a large pharmaceutical chain in South Africa) for (...)

The UK Competition Authority opens investigations against four pharmacies and convenience stores for suspected breaches of antitrust rules by charging excessive and unfair prices for hand sanitiser products during the COVID-19 outbreak Free
Morgan Lewis (London)
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Morgan Lewis (London)
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Morgan Lewis (London)
The UK Competition and Markets Authority on June 19 announced that it had opened investigations against four pharmacies and convenience stores in relation to suspected breaches of antitrust rules by charging excessive and unfair prices for hand sanitiser products during the coronavirus (...)

The OECD issues note on exploitative pricing in the time of COVID-19 Free
OECD - Competition Division (Paris)
One of the many consequences of the COVID-19 crisis is the disruption of supply chains. Together with increased demand, this has led to shortages in a number of essential products. These shortages are influencing the behaviour of firms and may have led to potentially exploitative prices in some (...)

Exploitative abuses, price gouging & COVID-19: The cases pursued by EU and national competition authorities Free
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (Washington)
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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (Washington)
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to extreme demand and price volatility for certain products, as well as fluctuations in firms’ costs. As firms struggle to manage these changes, agencies are aggressively seeking to show they are preventing consumer exploitation—for example, as a result of (...)

The UK Competition Authority publishes update on its COVID-19 taskforce including a number of excessive pricing complaints and investigations Free
United Kingdom’s Competition Authority (CMA) (London)
CMA publishes update on COVID-19 Taskforce* The CMA has today published an update from its COVID-19 Taskforce, set up to monitor and respond to consumer and competition problems arising from the pandemic. As part of the Taskforce’s work, it asked the public for information about businesses (...)

The Chinese State Administration for Market Regulation fines 3 pharmaceutical companies for abuse of dominance in the distribution of an injectable drug and confirms that pharmaceuticals and medical devices sectors continue to be an enforcement priority amid the COVID-19 outbreak (Kanghui / Puyunhui / Taiyangshen) Free
Herbert Smith Freehills (Shanghai)
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Herbert Smith Freehills (Hong Kong)
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Herbert Smith Freehills (Hong Kong)
On 9 April 2020, China’s State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) fined 3 pharmaceutical companies for abuse of dominance in the distribution of injectable calcium gluconate Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API). The three companies were found to be in breach of the PRC’s Anti-Monopoly (...)

The French Competition Authority closes investigation into exclusive imports practices in the medical equipment sector in French Guiana and in the French West Indies Free
French Competition Authority (Paris)
Respiratory assistance equipment in French Guiana and the French West Indies: investigation closed for exclusive imports* The Autorité closes an initial investigation into exclusive import practices in the medical equipment sector intended for hospitals in French Guiana and the French West (...)

The South African Competition Authority announces it has received over 500 complaints of excessive pricing related to the COVID-19 pandemic Free
South African Competition Commission (Pretoria)
COVID-19 UPDATE: COMPETITION COMMISSION FLOODED WITH OVER 500 COMPLAINTS OF EXCESSIVE PRICING * Background On 15 March 2020 President Cyril Ramaphosa declared a State of National Disaster, and further to that the President announced the enforcement of a nationwide lockdown for 21 days with (...)

The US State AGs from 33 States and Territories, led by Pennsylvania, Connecticut, New Mexico, and Vermont urge online marketplaces to monitor more rigorously price gouging practices by online sellers using their services (Amazon / Facebook / eBay / Walmart / Craigslist) Free
Office of the Pennsylvania State Attorney General (Harrisburg)
AG Shapiro: Amazon, Facebook, Ebay, Walmart, Craigslist Must Stop Site Price Gouging by Online Sellers* HARRISBURG― Attorney General Josh Shapiro today issued a letter with co-leading Attorneys General Hector Balderas, William Tong, and T.J. Donovan, and 29 of their Attorneys General (...)

The US State AGs from 33 States, led by Pennsylvania AG Shapiro issue a letter urging online marketplaces to monitor more rigorously price gouging practices especially for online sellers (Amazon / Facebook / eBay / Walmart / Craigslist) Free
Troutman Sanders (Richmond)
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Troutman Sanders (Richmond)
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Troutman Sanders (Richmond)
33 Attorneys General Urge Online Sellers To Take Steps To Fight Price Gouging* Today, a bipartisan group of 33 state attorneys general, led by Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, sent a letter urging online marketplaces to more rigorously monitor price gouging practices by online (...)

The Turkish Competition Authority announces a zero-tolerance policy against excessive price increases in the food sector during the COVID-19 outbreak Free
ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law (Istanbul)
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ELIG Gürkaynak Attorneys-at-Law (Istanbul)
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ACTECON (Istanbul)
The world is clearly going through uncertain times as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. In Turkey, although at the moment there are significantly fewer confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Turkey as compared to the Western European countries and the UK, the COVID-19 pandemic outbrea k has also (...)

The Turkish Competition Authority warns it will impose the most serious administrative fines on food sellers who charged excessive prices during the COVID-19 pandemic Free
Turkish Competition Authority (Ankara)
PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT* It is observed that in our food market, especially in the market for fresh vegetables and fruits, there are extreme price increases in an opportunist manner nowadays, while we are facing with global COVID-19 outbreak. Being granted the power to protect consumer welfare (...)

The UK Competition Authority writes an open letter to the pharmaceutical, food and drink industries warning them not to exploit the COVID-19 outbreak to charge prices that might be deemed excessive Free
United Kingdom’s Competition Authority (CMA) (London)
Coronavirus (COVID-19): CMA open letter to pharmaceutical and food and drink industries.* The Competition and Markets Authority has published an open letter for businesses in the pharmaceutical and food and drink industries. Details We have written an open letter to the pharmaceutical and (...)

The UK Competition Authority investigates four pharmacies and convenience stores for excessive and unfair pricing of hand sanitiser products during the COVID-19 pandemic Free
Bird & Bird (London)
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Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (London)
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is investigating four pharmacies and convenience stores for suspected breaches of competition law. The investigations, under Chapter II of the Competition Act 1998 (CA 98), relate to suspected charging of excessive and unfair prices for hand sanitiser (...)

The Dutch Competition Authority reminds businesses to maintain compliance during the COVID-19 outbreak, including dominant companies avoiding excessive prices and all companies avoiding price fixing Free
Netherlands Authority for Consumers & Markets (ACM) (The Hague)
ACM’s oversight during the Coronavirus crisis* The current Coronavirus outbreak has far-reaching effects on people and businesses. These are extraordinary times. ACM is closely monitoring economic developments, and is ready to answer any questions about collaborations that companies wish to (...)

The Ukrainian Competition Authority issues recommendations to pharmacies and retailers against excessive prices for masks, examines price hikes for airline tickets and monitors prices for disinfectants and consumption basket products Free
Redcliffe Partners (Kyiv)
As with other competition authorities, the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine (the "AMC") is responding promptly during the coronavirus outbreak. On 13 March 2020, the AMC announced that it would investigate any unjustified price hikes for medicines, face masks and other personal health (...)

The Italian Competition Authority publishes two investigations against online platforms with regards to some claims relating to the marketing of hand sanitizing and respiratory masks as well as hygiene products (Amazon / eBay) Free
Italian Competition Authority (Rome)
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 (...)

The Japanese FTC files and withdraws petition for an urgent injunction against dominant online retail company’s new policy after policy is changed due to COVID-19 (Rakuten Ichiba) Free
Japan Fair Trade Commission (Tokyo)
The JFTC has Filed a petition for an Urgent Injunction against Rakuten, Inc.* Today, the Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) has filed a petition for an urgent injunction to the Tokyo District Court in accordance with the provision of Article 70-4, paragraph 1 of the Antimonopoly Act, seeking (...)

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 Free
Italian Competition Authority (Rome)
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 (...)

The Canadian Commissioner of Competition issues a statement on the application of competition rules during the COVID-19 virus outbreak Free
Journal of Parliamentary and Political Law (Ottawa)
Virtually everyone on earth has been swept up in the COVID-19 pandemic crisis and competition authorities are no different. The Canadian Competition Bureau (the Bureau), which assists the Commissioner of Competition (Commissioner) in the administration and enforcement of the Competition Act (...)

Mergers

The UK Competition Authority publishes its final remittal report deciding to block a completed acquisition by sports-inspired casual footwear and apparel retailer of its rival (JD Sports / Footasylum) Free
Van Bael & Bellis (London)
On 5 November 2021, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) published its final remittal report into the completed acquisition by sports-inspired casual footwear and apparel retailer JD Sports (“JD”) of rival Footasylum, deciding (once again) to block the transaction. This is the latest (...)

The UK Competition Authority orders a sneaker and apparel retailer to sell one of its companies to preserve competition (JD Sports / Footasylum)
United Kingdom’s Competition Authority (CMA) (London)
CMA requires JD Sports to sell Footasylum* The CMA has instructed JD Sports to sell Footasylum after its in-depth investigation identified competition concerns. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has found that the takeover could lead to a substantial reduction in competition and a (...)

The Australian Competition Authority finds that the proposed coordination of Japanese and Australian flights between two airlines is not in the public interest (Qantas / Japan Airlines)
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (Canberra)
ACCC finds Qantas and Japan Airlines alliance not in the public interest* The ACCC has denied authorisation for Qantas (ASX:QAN) and Japan Airlines to coordinate flights between Australia and Japan under the terms of a joint business agreement. The ACCC found that the agreement would likely (...)

The UK Competition Authority reassesses a merger in the activewear sector and provisionally finds that it raises competition concerns (JD Sports / Footasylum)
United Kingdom’s Competition Authority (CMA) (London)
Competition concerns remain over JD Sports merger* The CMA has provisionally found JD Sports’ takeover of Footasylum could lead to a worse deal for shoppers, after reassessing the merger. Following the CMA’s final decision to block the merger between JD Sports and Footasylum in May 2020, JD (...)

The Dutch Competition Authority confirms an increase in the number of mergers that require further investigation due to potential effect on competition Free
Netherlands Authority for Consumers & Markets (ACM) (The Hague)
ACM sees more and more mergers with anticompetitive risks* The Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) has seen an increase in the number of mergers that require further investigation because of possible risks for the mergers having negative consequences. At the moment, ACM is (...)

The Australian, German and UK Competition Authorities release a joint statement on merger control enforcement
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (Canberra)
Landmark joint statement on merger control enforcement from ACCC, UK’s CMA and Germany’s Bundeskartellamt* The ACCC, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority and Germany’s Bundeskartellamt have today issued a joint statement highlighting the importance of rigorous and effective merger (...)

The UK, German and Australian Competition Authorities agree on a joint statement on merger control
German Competition Authority (Bonn)
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Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (Canberra)
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United Kingdom’s Competition Authority (CMA) (London)
Competition Agencies from Germany, the UK and Australia agree on Joint Merger Statement* Today, the Bundeskartellamt, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) have agreed on a joint statement on merger control. The joint (...)

The Australian Competition Authority re-authorises the cooperation between two airline companies for an additional five years (Qantas / American Airlines)
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (Canberra)
ACCC re-authorises Qantas-American Airlines alliance* The ACCC has re-authorised the alliance between Qantas Airways Limited (ASX: QAN) and American Airlines Inc for a further five years. The alliance enables Qantas (and Jetstar) to cooperate with American Airlines on Trans-Pacific routes (...)

The Canadian Competition Authority announces a decrease to $93 million of the pre-merger notification thresholds for 2021 Free
Journal of Parliamentary and Political Law (Ottawa)
In what could be an extraordinary (if not unique?) move, Canada’s Competition Bureau (‘Bureau’) has announced that the pre-merger notification transaction size threshold for acquiring an undertaking in 2021 will decrease by $3 million from the 2020 level of $96 million to $93 million. The Bureau (...)

The US FTC revises thresholds for Hart-Scott-Rodino Act and Corporate Interlock Statute
Baker Botts (Washington)
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Baker Botts (Washington)
On February 1, 2021, the Federal Trade Commission announced new jurisdictional thresholds for the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (“HSR Act”) and Section 8 of the Clayton Act (“Corporate Interlock Statute”). The FTC is required to adjust the thresholds annually, based on (...)

The UK Competition Authority requires national ticket exchange and resale company to sell secondary ticketing platform’s international business to address competition concerns (Viagogo / StubHub)
United Kingdom’s Competition Authority (CMA) (London)
CMA requires viagogo to sell StubHub’s international business* The CMA is requiring viagogo to sell all of StubHub’s business outside North America after its in-depth investigation identified competition concerns. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has concluded that the merger between (...)

The UK Competition Authority orders the divestment of a merging party’s international arm in the secondary ticketing market (Viagogo / StubHub)
Van Bael & Bellis (London)
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Van Bael & Bellis (London)
On 2 February 2021, the UK Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) published its final report following a Phase 2 investigation of the completed acquisition by the ticket reseller viagogo of competitor StubHub (previously part of eBay Inc.). The $4.1 billion (£3.1 billion) transaction was (...)

The Italian Competition Authority applies a COVID-19 related provision to clear a merger in the postal sector (Poste Italiane / Nexive) Free
Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
On 22 December 2020, the Italian Competition Authority (“ICA”) cleared the incumbent postal firm Poste Italiane’s (“PI”) acquisition of the sole control over its main rival Nexive Group (“Nexive”). The ICA did not apply the usual merger control rules in this case, but rather cleared the transaction (...)

The French Government extends COVID-19 interim rules on foreign investments and rejects an American industrial conglomerate’s acquisition of national optronic technologies firm (Photonis / Teledyne) Free
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (Paris)
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Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom (Paris)
France Extends COVID-19 Interim Rules on Foreign Investments and Vetoes Teledyne’s Acquisition of Photonis* On December 18, 2020, French Minister for the Economy (MoE) Bruno Lemaire announced that the COVID-19 interim rules on foreign investment control (interim rules) — which were issued on (...)

The French Government rejects an American industrial conglomerate’s acquisition of a national optronic technologies firm (Photonis / Teledyne) Free
Delcade Avocats & Solicitors (Paris)
French veto to the acquisition of Photonis par Teledyne* Applying legislative and regulatory measures to control foreign investments in France, the French Government has banned the American Teledyne from buying French Photonis. 1. France established a scheme for controlling investments made (...)

The UK Competition Authority looks to appeal a Competition Appeal Tribunal judgment stating the lack of information regarding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in sportswear retailer case (JD Sports / Footasylum) Free
United Kingdom’s Competition Authority (CMA) (London)
CMA looks to appeal CAT judgment in JD Sports case* After careful consideration, the CMA has today applied for permission to appeal the CAT’s recent judgment in the JD Sports/Footasylum case. Last month, the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) supported the Competition and Markets Authority’s (...)

The UK Competition Appeal Tribunal dismisses the Competition Authority’s decision and authorizes the acquisition of a company in the sports retailing sector in light of the COVID-19 pandemic (JD Sports / Footasylum) Free
Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
On 13 November 2020, the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal (“CAT”) upheld an appeal brought by JD Sports against the Competition and Markets Authority’s (“CMA”) decision to prohibit its already completed acquisition of rival retailer Footasylum. On 6 May 2020, the CMA had blocked the merger between the (...)

The UK Competition Appeal Tribunal supports the Competition Authority’s approach to estimating the merger effects on consumers but finds that it did not gather enough information about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the merger (JD Sports / Footasylum) Free
United Kingdom’s Competition Authority (CMA) (London)
CMA considers next steps in JD Sports/Footasylum merger* The CMA is considering its next steps following today’s Competition Appeal Tribunal judgment in the JD Sports/Footasylum case. JD Sports had appealed the Competition and Market Authority’s (CMA) final decision to block its takeover of (...)

The UK Competition Appeal Tribunal upholds the appeal brought by a company for a merger in the sport retail sector in light of the COVID-19 pandemic (JD Sports / Footasylum) Free
Ashurst (London)
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Ashurst (London)
On 13 November 2020, the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal ("CAT") published its judgment in relation to the merger of JD Sports and Footasylum. The merger was prohibited by the UK Competition and Markets Authority ("CMA") in May, but JD Sports appealed. The CAT partially upheld the appeal and the (...)

The UK Competition Authority provisionally finds in Phase II investigation that the complete merger in online secondary ticketing market will reduce competition and proposes structural remedies even after accounting for COVID-19 (Viagogo / StubHub) Free
United Kingdom’s Competition Authority (CMA) (London)
CMA finds competition concerns in viagogo and StubHub merger* Following an in-depth investigation, the CMA has provisionally found that the completed merger of viagogo and StubHub will reduce competition. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) found that viagogo and StubHub are close (...)

The Polish Competition Authority clears the first merger under rules for protecting companies of strategic national importance during COVID-19 (H&F Corporate Investors VIII / The Center for Electronic Settlements Polish ePayments) Free
Polish Competition Authority (Warsaw)
Investment control - first decision of the President of UOKIK* H&F Fund from the Cayman Islands granted consent to take over the Center for Electronic Settlements Polish ePayments S.A. The transaction does not pose a threat to security, order or public health. This is the first decision of (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority renews decision requiring disclosure of net short positions of 0.1% and above during the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
ESA renews decision requiring disclosure of net short positions of 0.1% and above* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has renewed its decision to temporarily require holders of net short positions in shares traded on a regulated market of the EEA EFTA States to notify the relevant national (...)

The German Competition Authority allows the leading national meat company to bring in house employment contracts it previously had externally with meat cutters through a personnel company as part of a wider change in the meat industry’s staffing due to COVID-19 (Tönnies / Lazar) Free
German Competition Authority (Bonn)
Tönnies can take over employment contracts concluded with Lazar GmbH* The Bundeskartellamt has cleared the acquisition of the assets of Lazar GmbH, Crailsheim, by Tönnies Holding, Rheda-Wiedenbrück. Tönnies is by far the leading company in the slaughter and meat industry in Germany. The Lazar (...)

The Finnish Market Court extends the time limit for an in-depth investigation of a merger between 2 healthcare companies due to the COVID-19 pandemic (Mehiläinen / Pihlajalinna) Free
Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority (Helsinki)
The time limit for processing the merger of Mehiläinen and Pihlajalinna has been extended until 29 September 2020* The Market Court has extended the processing time limit for the merger of Mehiläinen and Pihlajalinna, which is being investigated by the Finnish Competition and Consumer Agency (...)

The Finnish Market Court extends due to COVID-19 the time limit for in-depth investigation of a merger between 2 financial services companies (Loomis / Automatia) Free
Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority (Helsinki)
The time limit for processing the merger of Loomis and Automatia has been extended until 23 September 2020* The Market Court has extended the processing time limit for the merger between Loomis AB and Automatia Pankkiautomaatit Oy, currently under investigation by the Finnish Competition and (...)

The UK Competition Authority clears at phase II an acquisition of a minority shareholding and certain rights in a food delivery company in its first application of “failing firm” defence (Amazon / Deliveroo) Free
CRA International (London)
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CRA International (London)
On 4 August 2020 the CMA cleared Amazon’s proposed minority investment in Deliveroo. Having previously been concerned that the investment could damage competition by discouraging Amazon from re-entering restaurant food delivery in the UK and altering its competitive incentives in respect of (...)

The Austrian Competition Authority publishes position paper on the macroeconomic effects of "shutdown mergers" in the context of the COVID-19 crisis Free
Austrian Competition Authority (Vienna)
AFCA publishes position paper on the Macroeconomic Effects of Mergers in the Context of the COVID-19 Crisis - "Shutdown Mergers"* The position paper aims to facilitate notifications of Shutdown Mergers. The COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictions put in place to deal with it have triggered a (...)

The UK Competition Authority revises its original findings of failing firm defence due to COVID-19 after firm’s improved performance and instead provisionally clears acquisition of 16% of the firm’s stock based on SLC test findings (Amazon / Deliveroo) Free
United Kingdom’s Competition Authority (CMA) (London)
CMA revises provisional findings in Amazon/Deliveroo case* The CMA has provisionally cleared Amazon’s 16% investment in Deliveroo, on the basis that it is not likely to result in a substantial lessening of competition. In its initial provisional findings, published in April, the Competition (...)

The UK Government introduces measures allowing it to intervene in merger transactions to mitigate the effects of public health emergencies following the COVID-19 pandemic Free
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (London)
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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (London)
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Macfarlanes (Brussels)
On 22 June 2020, the UK Government introduced new measures allowing it to intervene in merger transactions “to maintain in the United Kingdom the capability to combat, and to mitigate the effects of, public health emergencies." The Government will be able to intervene on these grounds in any (...)

The UK Competition Authority finds that a merger in the online secondary ticketing market raises competition concerns even after accounting for the COVID-19 difficulties (StubHub / viagogo) Free
United Kingdom’s Competition Authority (CMA) (London)
Merger of viagogo and StubHub raises competition concerns* viagogo’s purchase of StubHub raises competition concerns in the online secondary ticketing market in the UK, a CMA investigation has found. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is concerned that the loss of competition brought (...)

The Australian Competition Authority continues its investigation into a 19.9% stake airline acquisition and highlights the increased concerns that smaller airlines face due to COVID-19 (Qantas / Alliance Airlines) Free
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (Canberra)
Investigation into Qantas’s stake in Alliance Airlines continues* The ACCC is continuing to investigate Qantas Airways’ (Qantas) (ASX:QAN) acquisition of a 19.9 per cent stake in Alliance Aviation (Alliance) (ASX:AQZ) during these uncertain times in the aviation industry. Qantas acquired a 19.9 (...)

The German Parliament mitigates the consequences of COVID-19 by adopting a bill and temporarily amending national competition law to extend merger control review periods and suspend interest payments for antitrust fines Free
Morgan, Lewis, & Bockius (Brussels)
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Buntscheck (Munich)
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Morgan, Lewis, & Bockius (Brussels)
Two key amendments to the German competition law entered into effect on May 29, 2020, temporarily extending merger control review periods and temporarily suspending interest payments for antitrust fines, further to a bill adopted by the German Parliament to mitigate the consequences of the (...)

The EU Commission opens in-depth investigation into a proposed merger between 2 leading airlines operating routes between Canada and Europe while recognizing the target markets are significantly impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak (Transat / Air Canada) Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
Mergers: Commission opens in-depth investigation into proposed acquisition of Transat by Air Canada* The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to assess the proposed acquisition of Transat by Air Canada, under the EU Merger Regulation. The Commission is concerned that the (...)

The Spanish Competition Authority clears merger of travel agencies (Barceló / Globalia) Free
Spanish Competition Authority (CNMC) (Madrid)
The CNMC authorises Barceló to purchase Globalia’s travel agency business* The CNMC has authorised, in the first phase, Barceló to acquire exclusive control of Globalia’s travel agency business. We do not anticipate this operation to have any adverse effects on competition in the markets affected (...)

The UK Competition Authority blocks a sports-fashion merger finding that even with the COVID-19 pandemic significantly impacting the sector, there would still be negative effects on competition if the merger proceeded (JD Sports / Footasylum) Free
United Kingdom’s Competition Authority (CMA) (London)
CMA blocks sports-fashion merger* The CMA has blocked JD Sports’ purchase of close competitor Footasylum after finding it would leave shoppers worse off. Following an in-depth Phase 2 investigation, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has concluded that this transaction would lead to a (...)

The UK Competition Authority blocks a sports-fashion retailer acquisition finding that even with the COVID-19 pandemic significantly impacting the relevant sector, the transaction would lead to a substantial lessening of competition nationally (JD Sports / Footasylum) Free
Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
On 6 May 2020, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) blocked the sports-fashion retailer JD Sports’ already completed purchase of sportswear retailer Foot- asylum. The CMA concluded that the parties were close competitors and the transaction would lead to a substan- tial lessening of (...)

The UK Competition Authority clears merger between 2 online food delivery undertakings ahead of the statutory deadline for decision despite COVID-19 pandemic (Just Eat / Takeaway.com) Free
United Kingdom’s Competition Authority (CMA) (London)
CMA gives Just Eat and Takeaway.com deal the green light* The CMA has cleared the £6.2 billion merger between 2 food delivery companies. Just Eat plc (Just Eat) is one of the main food delivery firms in the UK market, while Takeaway.com N.V (Takeaway.com) operates in 11 countries overseas, (...)

The UK Competition Authority publishes its guidance on merger assessments during the COVID-19 pandemic Free
Norton Rose Fulbright (Brussels)
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Latham & Watkins (Brussels)
On 22 April 2020, the UK Competition and Market Authority (“CMA”) published its guidance on ‘Merger assessments during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic’ (“the guidance”). Prior to the publication of the guidance, there was some speculation about whether the CMA would be more willing to accept (...)

The UK Competition Authority clarifies its general approach to assessing mergers and its specific approach to assessing "failing firm" claims during the COVID-19 pandemic Free
United Kingdom’s Competition Authority (CMA) (London)
COVID-19: CMA approach to merger assessments* The CMA has today provided more detail on its general approach to assessing mergers during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Following its statement about working practices issued on 18 March, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has set (...)

The UK Competition Authority publishes guidance on its approach to merger control during the COVID-19 pandemic Free
Herbert Smith Freehills (London)
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Herbert Smith Freehills (London)
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Herbert Smith Freehills (London)
The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has published guidance on its approach to merger control during the COVID-19 pandemic. The guidance deals with procedural issues as well as substantive assessment, and makes it clear that on the whole the CMA’s approach remains one of ‘business as (...)

The Ecuadorian Competition Authority publishes new merger review procedure due to COVID-19 crisis Free
Pérez Bustamante & Ponce (Quito)
COVID-19: New, fast-track merger review procedure introduced in Ecuador Historically, crises have been catalysts of legal and political change. On occasion of the COVID-19 emergency, this week (April 20th, 2020) the Ecuadorian competition agency (‘Superintendencia de Control del Poder de (...)

The Indian Competition Authority continues to require electronic filing of merger notifications and announces further delays of notification deadlines due to the COVID-19 pandemic Free
Indian Competition Commission (New Delhi)
Measures in view of threat of CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19 pandemic* In continuation to the public notices issued on March 23, 2020, March 30, 2020 and April 13, 2020 wrt "Measures in view of threat of CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19 pandemic", the following additional arrangements are made: Information with (...)

The UK Competition Authority provisionally clears the acquisition of a delivering food company despite COVID-19 (Deliveroo / Amazon) Free
Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
On 17 April 2020, approximately one week after the CMA found COVID-19 not to be an obstacle to its decision to block the Sabre/ Farelogix transaction, the CMA announced its provisional clearance of the acquisition by Amazon of a minority shareholding and certain rights in Deliveroo “in light of (...)

The UK Competition Authority provisionally clears acquisition of an online food delivery business by a global online shopping company to prevent it from bankruptcy likely to happen due to economic effects of the COVID-19 outbreak (Amazon / Deliveroo) Free
United Kingdom’s Competition Authority (CMA) (London)
CMA provisionally clears Amazon’s investment in Deliveroo* In light of a deterioration in Deliveroo’s financial position as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19), the CMA has provisionally cleared Amazon’s investment in Deliveroo. After completing an initial, Phase 1, investigation, the Competition (...)

The Danish Competition Authority extends the suspension of merger review time limits during the COVID-19 crisis Free
Danish Competition and Consumer Authority (Copenhagen)
Suspension of time limits for merger review is extended* The Minister of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs has issued an order, which extends the suspension of merger review time limits until May 10. When companies wish to implement a merger, the Competition and Consumer Agency must (...)

The Danish Competition Authority suspends merger control deadlines due to the COVID-19 outbreak Free
Bird & Bird (Copenhagen)
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Bird & Bird (Copenhagen)
In an unprecedented move, the Danish merger control deadlines have been suspended from the 18 March due to the COVID-19 situation until 10 May for now. When undertakings wish to implement a larger merger, the Competition and Consumer Authority (“DCA”) must ensure that the merger will not (...)

The Lithuanian Competition Authority announces that merger review might be delayed due to the COVID-19 outbreak making data collection from market participants more difficult Free
Lithuanian Competition Authority (Vilnius)
EXAMINATION OF MERGERS MAY LAST LONGER* As companies have temporarily suspended their business operations due to the Covid-19 outbreak, Konkurencijos taryba is struggling to receive information from businesses and informs companies that it may take longer than usual to implement the activities (...)

The UK Competition Authority blocks a proposed merger in the market for the supply of merchandising solutions and distribution systems to airlines despite the COVID-19 pandemic (Sabre / Farelogix) Free
Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
Despite the uncertain future facing the global travel industry as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, on 9 April 2020, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) announced its decision to block the proposed Sabre/Farelogix transaction, citing concerns that “UK passengers [would] miss out on (...)

The Austrian Competition Authority requires electronic notification of mergers and announces delays in merger control due to COVID-19 restrictions Free
Austrian Competition Authority (Vienna)
Coronavirus (COVID-19) update 9.4.2020: current operations in the AFCA and regulations relating to merger notifications and examinations* Current regulations relating to merger notifications and examinations Due to the current traffic restrictions and statutory special rules relating to (...)

The UK Competition Authority blocks merger between online airline booking providers despite their sector being significantly impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak (Sabre / Farelogix) Free
United Kingdom’s Competition Authority (CMA) (London)
CMA blocks airline booking merger* Following an in-depth investigation, the CMA has blocked Sabre’s proposed takeover of Farelogix. Among other products and services, Sabre and Farelogix supply software solutions which help airlines to sell flights via travel agents including those that (...)

The UK Competition Authority recognizes the difficulty faced by merging parties due to the COVID-19 pandemic and states that a private hospital merger will be cleared if it can address local competition concerns (Circle Health / BMI Healthcare) Free
United Kingdom’s Competition Authority (CMA) (London)
Private hospital merger to be approved if local concerns addressed* The CMA has found that the completed merger between Circle and BMI does not raise UK-wide competition concerns but could reduce competition in 2 local areas. Both Circle and BMI provide elective care to NHS and privately (...)

The EU Commission announces that, amid the current COVID-19 crisis, it stands ready to deal with cases where firms can show very compelling reasons to proceed with a merger notification without delay Free
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Brussels)
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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (London)
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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (London)
Although many competition authorities are making considerable efforts to ensure “business as usual” during the COVID-19 crisis, the pandemic is inevitably having a material impact on merger control reviews around the globe. In addition to the obvious timing implications, deals are now being, and (...)

The UK Competition Authority recognizes that merging construction companies might be heavily affected by COVID-19 pandemic, but still requires them to address competition concerns before clearing the merger (Kingspan / Building Solutions) Free
United Kingdom’s Competition Authority (CMA) (London)
Construction products merger raises competition concerns* The CMA has found that Kingspan’s anticipated purchase of Building Solutions raises competition concerns in the supply of specialist insulation panels. Kingspan is the leading provider in the UK of standard foam sandwich panels, which (...)

The EU Commission maintains adjustments to merger filing process made in response to COVID-19 crisis while underscoring need to protect competition Free
Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
The European Commission (the “Commission”) continues to encourage companies to delay any planned merger notifications until further notice in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, as it anticipates that it may face difficulties in collecting the information necessary to conduct its review, in (...)

The Canadian Competition Authority announces that its 2020 pre-merger notification thresholds will remain the same level as last year Free
Journal of Parliamentary and Political Law (Ottawa)
Canada’s Competition Bureau (the “Bureau”), which assists the Commissioner of Competition (the “Commissioner”) in the administration and enforcement of the Competition Act (the “Act”), announced on 1 April 2020 that the 2020 pre-merger notification transaction size threshold for acquiring an (...)

The COMESA Competition Authority encourages electronic merger notifications, extends deadline for document submission, suspends physical meetings, and warns of possible investigation delays due to COVID-19 pandemic Free
COMESA (Lusaka)
NOTICE OF INTERIM MEASURES IN MERGER REVIEW OF THE COMESA COMPETITION COMMISSION DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC* The COMESA Competition Commission (the Commission) is aware that these are unprecedented, uncertain and challenging times for undertakings and other stakeholders. In view of this, the (...)

The COMESA Competition Commission issues guidance on timing and other implications for merger review relating to the COVID-19 pandemic Free
Primerio (Washington)
COMESA retains 30-day merger notification requirement during COVID pandemic, but loosens some rules* The COMESA Competition Commission (CCC) has, along with several other competition-law enforcers on the African continent, issued new guidance on timing and other implications relating to the (...)

The US FTC provides guidance on COVID-19’s impact on HSR filing timelines Free
McDermott Will & Emery (Washington)
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McDermott Will & Emery (Washington)
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McDermott Will & Emery (Washington)
In a prior note we provided guidance on COVID-19’s Impact on HSR Filing Timelines. The Agencies had indicated that early termination would not be granted while FTC operated on a temporary e-filing system. Today, the Agencies have updated that guidance and as of March 30 will again grant early (...)

The Serbian Competition Authority publishes its new guidelines on notification deadlines for merger during the COVID-19 crisis Free
Karanovic & Partners (Belgrade)
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Karanovic & Partners (Belgrade)
The Impact of COVID-19 Outbreak on Merger Control Matters in Western Balkans* The COVID-19 pandemic has been heavily affecting economies and countries across the globe. In such circumstances, ensuring the undisturbed work of the competition authorities is difficult, but important in order to (...)

The Australian Competition Authority provides guidance for the merger clearances, authorisations, notifications and CTMs during the COVID-19 pandemic Free
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (Canberra)
COVID-19 pandemic - what it means for ACCC merger clearances, authorisations, notifications and CTMs* With the recent and increasing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ACCC’s Merger & Authorisation Review Division will provide ongoing guidance regarding any changes in our operations (...)

The French Competition Authority publishes its adaptation of the time limits and procedures during the COVID-19 outbreak Free
French Competition Authority (Paris)
Adaptation of the time limits and procedures of the Autorité de la concurrence in times of health emergency* Background The Autorité specifies to businesses how the rules regarding deadlines and procedures will be adapted due to the state of health emergency. Following the adoption of the law (...)

The UK Competition Authority clarifies that the UK merger control regime is still operating despite the COVID-19 pandemic Free
Ashurst (London)
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Ashurst (London)
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ADNOC Group (Abu Dhabi)
Whilst Covid-19 is not expected to lead to changes to the core legal and policy principles underpinning merger control regimes around the world, it is worth noting that: merger control regimes are still in operation, albeit filing processes and regulatory reviews may take a bit longer and some (...)

The Portuguese Competition Authority allows payment of a gun jumping fine in installments due to the COVID-19 pandemic (Hospital Particular do Algarve / Hospital São Gonçalo de Lagos) Free
Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
In September 2019, the Portuguese Competition Authority (“AdC”) imposed a fine of € 155,000 on Hospital Particular do Algarve (“HPA”) for gun-jumping, finding that HPA had acquired sole control of Hospital de São Gonçalo de Lagos without the AdC’s prior approval. The AdC has recently announced that it (...)

The Portuguese Competition Authority fines a hospital for gun jumping but accepts payment of the fine in multiple installments to avoid negatively affecting the hospital’s operations during the COVID-19 pandemic (Hospital Particular do Algarve / Hospital São Gonçalo de Lagos) Free
Portuguese Competition Authority (Lisbon)
AdC fines Hospital Particular do Algarve for gun-jumping* The AdC fined Hospital Particular do Algarve, SA (HPA) in the total amount of 155,000 euros for acquiring sole control of Hospital de S. Gonçalo de Lagos S.A. (HSGL) without prior notification of the acquisition and, consequently, (...)

The Irish Competition Authority encourages delay of merger filings and establishes a temporary process for electronic notification of mergers as special measures due to COVID-19 Free
McCann FitzGerald (Dublin)
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McCann FitzGerald (Brussels)
On 18 March, the CCPC issued a statement encouraging merging parties where possible to delay merger filings until further notice, and establishing a temporary process for electronic notification of mergers. In an effort to ensure business continuity in merger review amid the COVID-19 outbreak, (...)

The Brazilian Competition Authority implements measures in line with WHO recommendations against the spread of the COVID-19 Free
Mattos Filho Advogados (Sao Paulo)
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Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr. & Quiroga (Sao Paulo)
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Mattos Filho Veiga Filho Marrey Jr & Quiroga (New York)
The Brazilian antitrust authority has implemented measures in line with WHO recommendations against the spread of the COVID-19, and activities are being carried out without major impacts, although deadlines in conduct cases are now suspended and delays in certain matters cannot be altogether (...)

The Danish Competition Authority suspends its time limits for merger review for 14 days as special measure due to COVID-19 Free
Danish Competition and Consumer Authority (Copenhagen)
Time limits for merger control are suspended for 14 days* The Minister of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs has issued an order implying that the time limits for merger control are suspended for 14 days. When companies wish to implement a larger merger, the Competition and Consumer (...)

The Irish Competition Authority announces temporary changes to the merger notification process due to the COVID-19 outbreak Free
Matheson (Dublin)
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Matheson (Dublin)
In light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the Irish Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (“CCPC”) announced on 18 March 2020 temporary measures to assist it in complying with binding statutory deadlines and to ensure business continuity in the review of notified mergers and (...)

The French Competition Authority encourages the delay of new mergers, requires electronic submission, and extends processing times as special measures due to COVID-19 Free
French Competition Authority (Paris)
Adaptation of merger control procedures due to Coronavirus COVID-19* Given the health situation in France, the Autorité de la concurrence is forced to put in place extensive preventive measures. The services of the Autorité are working remotely since 17 March 2020. Time limits for processing (...)

The Irish Competition Authority publishes its temporary merger measures in light of the on-going COVID-19 crisis Free
Matheson (Dublin)
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Matheson (Dublin)
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Matheson (Dublin)
In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Irish Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (“CCPC”) announced on 18 March 2020 temporary measures to assist it in complying with binding statutory deadlines and to ensure business continuity in the review of notified mergers and (...)

The US DOJ extends its timing of merger investigations by 30 days and allows electronic filing of Hart-Scott-Rodino submissions among special measures due to COVID-19 Free
US Department of Justice (Washington DC)
Justice Department Announces Antitrust Civil Process Changes for Pendency of COVID-19 Event* Process Changes Will Ensure that the Department Can Carry Out Its Enforcement Mission While Protecting the Health and Safety of Its Employees and the American Public The Department of Justice (...)

The French Competition Authority is not able to guarantee the usual processing delays for mergers since its staff is working remotely during the COVID-19 situation Free
Baker McKenzie (Paris)
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CARVE
The French government has taken preventive measures due to COVID-19, thereby forcing the members of the French Competition Authority to work remotely since 17 March 2020. This situation is already impacting on merger control: “Although we are striving to ensure continuity of public service, (…) (...)

The US FTC and DOJ adopt new mergers procedures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak Free
Jones Day (Washington)
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Jones Day (Washington)
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Jones Day (Washington)
The FTC and DOJ have adopted new procedures in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The changes are intended to help the agencies stay open during the crisis, but merging parties should expect lengthier antitrust reviews until normal operations resume. All merger filings with (...)

The EU Commission encourages the delay of merger notifications and electronic submission as special measures due to COVID-19 Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
SPECIAL MEASURES DUE TO CORONAVIRUS / COVID-19* DELAY OF MERGER NOTIFICATIONS DG COMP has put in place a number of measures to ensure business continuity in the enforcement of the EU Merger Regulation. However, due to the complexities and disruptions caused by the Coronavirus, companies are (...)

The EU Commission encourages companies to delay merger notifications until further notice due to the COVID-19 outbreak Free
Bird & Bird (Dusseldorf)
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Bird & Bird (Brussels)
Challenges created by the COVID-19 crisis Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is having a major impact on the “business continuity" of courts and regulatory authorities. This affects, in particular, merger control proceedings as these are typically subject to specific time limits that the authorities (...)

The EU Commission adjusts merger filing process in response to COVID-19 crisis Free
Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
The European Commission (the “Commission”) has announced that it will face delays in its merger review process as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. In particular, the Commission has stated that it may not be able to collect information from third parties efficiently and may have limited access (...)

The Finnish Competition Authority requires companies to contact the Authority before notifying new merger transaction due to COVID-19 outbreak Free
Hannes Snellman (Helsinki)
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Bird & Bird (Helsinki)
Due to the novel coronavirus the Finnish Competition & Consumer Authority ("FCCA") has published a statement requiring companies to contact the FCCA before filing a new merger control notification and specifically agreeing with the FCCA that a notification may be filed. This requirement is (...)

The US DoJ announces antitrust civil process changes for the pendency of COVID-19 events and confirms that the HSR review process will be significantly impacted Free
McDermott Will & Emery (Washington)
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McDermott Will & Emery (Washington)
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McDermott Will & Emery (Washington)
With COVID-19-related closures rolling in daily, you may have questions about the operating status of the federal government’s antitrust enforcement agencies. Currently, the HSR review process does not seem to be significantly impacted, although the agencies will not grant a request for early (...)

The US DoJ and FTC issue guidance on merger review during the COVID-19 outbreak and confirm that they continue to operate despite merging parties expecting lengthier reviews Free
Jones Day (Washington)
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Jones Day (Washington)
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Jones Day (Washington)
The FTC and DOJ have adopted new procedures in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The changes are intended to help the agencies stay open during the crisis, but merging parties should expect lengthier antitrust reviews until normal operations resume. All merger filings with (...)

The US DoJ and FTC implement policies in response to COVID-19 including new measures to the HSR e-filing system Free
White & Case (Brussels)
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White & Case (Washington)
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White & Case (Washington)
Last week, in response to the outbreak of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the antitrust agencies in the United States and European Union issued policies that will affect, and may delay, merger filings and reviews. On March 13, 2020, the US Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and Federal Trade (...)

The EU Commission announces that companies were encouraged to delay new merger notifications until further notice because of the complexities and disruptions caused by the current COVID-19 outbreak Free
Hogan Lovells (Brussels)
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Hogan Lovells (Brussels)
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Hogan Lovells (Milan)
The current COVID-19 pandemic is posing unprecedented challenges on our public health systems and communities. It is also heavily impacting economic activity, including for companies in the midst of M&A or joint venture transactions. Deals that are subject to merger control review in the (...)

The US FTC Premerger Notification Office temporarily institutes mandatory e-filing system as a special measure due to COVID-19 Free
US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) (Washington)
Premerger Notification Office Implements Temporary e-Filing System* Due to the developing COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, and consistent with guidance from the Office of Personnel Management, the Premerger Notification Office (PNO) will implement a temporary e-filing system. During this (...)

The EU Commission encourages companies to delay merger notifications originally planned until further notice where possible due to COVID-19 Free
White & Case (Brussels)
COVID-19 is changing our lives more rapidly and more profoundly than we could have ever imagined. All over the world, governments order their countries into lockdowns, factories stop producing, people stop buying, citizens are confined to their four walls and businesses switch to working (...)

The US DoJ and FTC publish a public statement regarding their ongoing commitment to antitrust enforcement in mergers and acquisitions during the COVID-19 crisis Free
Morgan Lewis (New York)
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Morgan, Lewis & Bockius (Washington)
US antitrust laws already on the books facilitate rapid investment without government delay: important practical tools and rules for dealmakers and their counsel in the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the current economic challenges. Recently, leaders of both the US Antitrust (...)

The Chinese Competition Authority publishes a formal statement on revised procedures for merger filings during the COVID-19 crisis Free
O’Melveny & Myers (Brussels)
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O’Melveny & Myers (Washington DC)
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O’Melveny & Myers (Hong Kong)
These moves follow similar actions by the State Administration for Market Regulation (“SAMR”), China’s antitrust authority. On February 6, SAMR issued a formal statement laying out revised procedures for merger filings, prohibiting face-to-face meetings and requiring parties to submit pre-merger (...)

The EU Commission and National Competition Authorities implement remote working for the vast majority of their workforces, presenting challenges in merger control during the COVID-19 outbreak Free
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (London)
Like most organisations, the European Commission (the "Commission") and national competition authorities ("NCAs") have implemented remote working for the vast majority of their workforces. This presents unique and unprecedented challenges in merger control, one of the regulatory areas with the (...)

The German Government tightens the national foreign direct investment screening regime to better protect security-relevant businesses in the health sector from non-EEA take-overs in light of the COVID-19 pandemic Free
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius (Washington)
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Morgan Lewis (Frankfurt)
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Morgan Lewis (Frankfurt)
A recent amendment to Germany’s foreign direct investment ordinance adds new businesses to the existing catalogue of critical infrastructures—in particular, in the health sector—that will be subject to foreign direct investment screening going forward. Germany is taking several legislative (...)

The German Government tightens foreign direct investment control in light of the COVID-19 pandemic following the guidance from the EU Commission on possible increased risk of attempts to acquire healthcare capacities Free
Steptoe & Johnson (Brussels)
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Jones Day (Frankfurt)
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DLA Piper (London)
On May 20, 2020, the German Federal government adopted the 15th amendment to the Foreign Trade and Payments Ordinance (AWV). The changes to the AWV will be effective shortly, after publication in the Federal Gazette. Prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the amendment expands the scope of (...)

The Spanish Government updates the foreign investment screening regime in light of COVID-19 and prohibits or severely limits the foreign acquisition of companies active in sectors related to public order, public security, or public health Free
Callol, Coca & Asociados (Madrid)
The rapid spread of Covid-19 has led to its consideration as a global pandemic. Spain, currently at the epicenter of the crisis, has declared the state of alarm last Sunday. To ease the effects of the Covid-19 crisis in the economy, the Spanish Government approved yesterday Royal Decree-Law (...)

State Aid

The EU Commission publishes a report which reveals that Covid-19 State aid measures allowed for unprecedented levels of support whilst preserving the level-playing field for businesses
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: 2021 Scoreboard shows that COVID-19 State aid measures allowed for unprecedented levels of support while preserving the level-playing field* The 2021 State Aid Scoreboard, published today by the European Commission and relating to State aid expenditure in 2020, shows the crucial (...)

The EU Commission approves a German support scheme worth €215M to compensate the German national rail company for damages suffered by its subsidiaries due to the coronavirus pandemic (Deutsche Bahn) Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €215 million German support to compensate Deutsche Bahn for damages suffered by its subsidiaries due to the coronavirus pandemic* The European Commission has found a €215 million German support measure in favour of Deutsche Bahn AG to be in line with EU State aid (...)

The EU Commission approves an Irish scheme worth €500M to support investment towards a sustainable recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €500 million Irish scheme to support investment towards a sustainable recovery* The European Commission has approved a €500 million Irish investment support scheme aimed at incentivizing companies to accelerate or expand capital investment in Ireland, including in (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves aid scheme for Icelandic aviation academies or losses resulting from COVID-19 restrictions Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19: ESA approves aid scheme for Icelandic aviation academies* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved an Icelandic scheme that compensates aviation academies for losses resulting from COVID-19 restrictions. The objective of the scheme is to ensure access to liquidity (...)

The EU Commission green-lights a Greek subsidised loan scheme worth €2B to support a sustainable recovery from the downturn triggered by COVID-19 Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €2 billion Greek scheme to support investment towards a sustainable recovery* The European Commission has approved a €2 billion Greek scheme aimed at providing investment support towards a sustainable recovery. The scheme was approved under the State aid Temporary (...)

The EU Commission sets plan to phase out State aid COVID Temporary Framework
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission will phase out state aid Covid Temporary Framework* The European Commission will phase out the State aid COVID Temporary Framework, adopted on 19 March 2020 and last amended on 18 November 2021, enabling Member States to remedy a serious disturbance in the economy in the (...)

The EU Commission approves €698 million Italian scheme to support the tourism sector in the context of coronavirus pandemic
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €698 million Italian scheme to support the tourism sector in the context of coronavirus pandemic* The European Commission has approved a €698 million Italian scheme to support companies active in the tourism sector affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The scheme (...)

The EU Commission approves €700 million French scheme to support research, development and innovation projects by companies of all sizes and across all sectors
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €700 million French scheme to support research, development and innovation projects across all sectors* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a €700 million French scheme to support research, development and innovation projects by (...)

The EU Commission approves a €250M Portuguese measure to facilitate access to finance for small and medium enterprises affected by the COVID-19 pandemic (Banco Português de Fomento) Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €250 million Portuguese measure under the Recovery and Resilience Facility to further capitalise Banco Português de Fomento* The European Commission approved, under EU State aid rules, a €250 million Portuguese aid measure, made available through the Recovery and (...)

The EU Commission approves €687M Italian scheme to compensate commercial rail passenger operators for the damage suffered due to the COVID-19 pandemic Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €687 million Italian scheme to compensate commercial rail passenger operators for the damage suffered due to the coronavirus pandemic* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, €687 million Italian support to compensate providers of (...)

The EU Commission approves a €2 billion Hungarian scheme aimed at providing investment support for sustainable recovery
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €2 billion Hungarian investment support scheme towards a sustainable recovery* The European Commission has approved a €2 billion Hungarian scheme aimed at providing investment support towards a sustainable recovery. The scheme was approved under the State aid (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves amendments to a Norwegian support scheme for canceled and downscaled cultural events due to the COVID-19 outbreak Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves amendments to Norwegian support scheme for cancelled and downscaled cultural events* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved amendments to a scheme offering financial support to organisers and subcontractors of cultural events that have been (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves amendments to two Norwegian aid schemes for the sports and voluntary sectors due to the COVID-19 outbreak Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves amendments to two Norwegian aid schemes for the sports and voluntary sectors* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved amendments to two aid schemes: one compensating voluntary organisations, and another compensating voluntary organisations (...)

The EU Commission proposes a chip act to confront semiconductor shortages and strengthen Europe’s technological leadership Free
Jones Day (Brussels)
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Jones Day (Brussels)
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Jones Day (Brussels)
In Short The Background: The recent semiconductor shortage, COVID-related supply chain disruptions, and trade tensions have exposed the European Union’s ("EU") dependency on chips made in other continents. The Development: The European Commission ("EC") has proposed legislation—the EU Chips (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves amendments to an Icelandic support scheme for businesses amidst the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves amendments to Icelandic support scheme for businesses* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved amendments to an Icelandic aid scheme offering resilience grants to eligible companies and self-employed individuals. The resilience grants scheme (...)

The EU Commission approves a €1.7 billion German measure to recapitalise a national airport in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic (Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg)
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €1.7 billion German measure to recapitalise Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg in the context of the coronavirus pandemic* The European Commission has approved German plans to grant up to €1.7 billion for the recapitalisation of Flughafen Berlin Brandenburg Gmbh (‘FBB’). (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves an aid scheme for Icelandic businesses that have suffered losses due to restrictions in opening hours in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves aid scheme for Icelandic businesses that have suffered losses due to restrictions in opening hours* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved an Icelandic scheme offering direct grants to companies in the restaurant sector for income losses due to (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves the renewal and amendments to Norwegian aid scheme for lost inventory amidst the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves renewal and amendments to Norwegian aid scheme for lost inventory* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved amendments and renewal of a Norwegian scheme compensating undertakings for spoiled inventory that can no longer be sold or used. The (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves a €5.4 million in compensation to a Norwegian indoor arena for financial losses caused by COVID-19 related restrictions (Trondheim Spektrum) Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves compensation to Trondheim Spektrum AS* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved NOK 5.4 million (EUR 540 000) in compensation to Trondheim Spektrum AS for financial losses caused by COVID-19 related restrictions. Trondheim Spektrum is a (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves a continued and increased support to long-distance bus and passenger boat services in Norway in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves continued and increased support to long-distance bus and passenger boat services in Norway* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved a renewal of and amendments to a Norwegian scheme to compensate operators of long-distance bus and passenger boat (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves an Icelandic tax-deferral scheme for the restaurant sector in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves Icelandic tax-deferral scheme for the restaurant sector* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved an Icelandic tax-referral scheme that allows eligible businesses in the restaurant sector to defer payroll tax payments and social security (...)

The EU Commission approves €71.4 million Portuguese measure to further compensate an airline company for damages suffered due to COVID-19 pandemic (TAP Air Portugal) Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €71.4 million Portuguese measure to further compensate TAP Air Portugal for damages suffered due to coronavirus pandemic* Today, the European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a €71.4 million Portuguese aid measure to further support TAP Air (...)

The EU Commission approves a €88 million German support to compensate a national railway company for damages suffered by its subsidiary due to the COVID-19 outbreak (Deutsche Bahn / DB Cargo) Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €88 million German support to compensate Deutsche Bahn for damages suffered by its subsidiary DB Cargo due to the coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has found a €88 million German support measure in favour of Deutsche Bahn AG to be in line with EU State (...)

The EU Commission approves a €2.55 billion Portuguese restructuring aid in favour of a national airline company and a €107 million compensation for damages suffered due to COVID-19 pandemic (TAP Air Portugal) Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €2.55 billion Portuguese restructuring aid in favour of TAP Group and €107 million compensation for damages suffered due to coronavirus pandemic* Today, the European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules: (i) €2.55 billion of restructuring aid to enable (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves additional amendments to a Norwegian compensation scheme for businesses amidst the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves additional amendments to a Norwegian compensation scheme for businesses* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved additional amendments to a Norwegian scheme providing compensation to companies suffering losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves prolongation of a Norwegian compensation scheme for cancelled and downscaled cultural events in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves prolongation to Norwegian compensation scheme for cancelled and downscaled cultural events* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved a prolongation of a Norwegian scheme providing compensation for losses related to cancelled or downscaled (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves the renewal of a Norwegian loan guarantee scheme for businesses amidst the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves renewal of Norwegian loan guarantee scheme for businesses* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved the renewal of a Norwegian loan guarantee scheme that will help ensure access to finance for businesses facing acute liquidity shortages due to (...)

The EU Commission approves a €133 million Swedish scheme to support rail freight and passenger operators affected by the COVID-19 pandemic Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €133 million Swedish scheme to support rail freight and passenger operators affected by the coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a €133 million (SEK 1,370 million) Swedish scheme to support the rail freight sector (...)

The EU Commission approves a €700 million French scheme to support certain companies particularly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictive measures put in place by the government to limit the spread of the virus Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves EUR 700 million French scheme to compensate for damage suffered by certain companies due to the coronavirus pandemic.* The European Commission has approved, under the EU State aid rules, a EUR 700 million French scheme to support certain companies particularly (...)

The EU Commission adopts a sixth amendment to the temporary framework for State aid to combat COVID-19 pandemic Free
Maastricht University
6th Revision of the Temporary Framework for Covid-19 State Aid* Introduction On Thursday, 18 November 2021, the European Commission adopted a sixth amendment to the Temporary Framework [TF] for State aid measures to combat covid-19. The document laying down the new amendments can be accessed (...)

The EU Commission sets out the future of the Temporary Framework to support economic recovery in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission sets out future of Temporary Framework to support economic recovery in context of coronavirus outbreak* Today, the European Commission has decided to prolong until 30 June 2022 the State aid Temporary Framework (currently set to expire by 31 December 2021). In order to (...)

The EU Commission approves a €4.5 billion Italian scheme to support companies and the economy in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €4.5 billion Italian scheme to support companies and the economy in the context of the coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a €4.5 billion Italian scheme to support companies and the economy in the context of the coronavirus outbreak. The (...)

The EU Commission approves €31.9 billion Italian scheme to support companies affected by the COVID-19 pandemic Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
Commission approves €31.9 billion Italian scheme to support companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a €31.9 billion Italian scheme to support companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme was approved under the State aid Temporary (...)

The EU Commission approves €700 million French scheme supporting certain retailers and services affected by the COVID-19 pandemic Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €700 million French scheme for certain retailers and services affected by the coronavirus pandemic* The European Commission has approved, under the EU state aid rules, a €700 million French scheme to support certain retailers and services affected by the (...)

The EU Commission consults Member States on a draft proposal to prolong the State aid Temporary Framework and to extend its scope with the intended aim of further accelerating economic recovery for businesses still impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic Free
Jones Day (Brussels)
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Jones Day (Brussels)
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Jones Day (Brussels)
On 30 September 2021, the Commission launched its consultation with Member States on a draft proposal to prolong the State aid Temporary Framework until 30 June 2022 and to extend its scope with the intended aim of further accelerating economic recovery. The Temporary Framework, to recall, was (...)

The EU Commission sends a draft proposal to Member States on the future of the State aid Temporary Framework Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
Commission Statement on consulting Member States on proposal on the future of the State aid Temporary Framework* Today, the European Commission has sent to Member States for consultation a draft proposal to prolong until 30 June 2022 the State aid Temporary Framework, while setting out the (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves amendments to the Norwegian compensation scheme for organizers of canceled or downscaled cultural events due to the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves amendments to Norwegian compensation scheme for organisers of cancelled or downscaled cultural events* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved the renewal of a Norwegian scheme to compensate organisers and subcontractors for losses related to (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves amendments to a Norwegian compensation scheme for businesses suffering financial losses amidst the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves amendments to Norwegian compensation scheme for businesses suffering financial losses* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved changes to a Norwegian support scheme for businesses seeking compensation for COVID-19-related financial difficulties. (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves a renewal of temporary amendments to Norwegian tax refund scheme for seafarers amidst the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves renewal of temporary amendments to Norwegian tax refund scheme for seafarers* The EFTA Surveillance Authority has today approved the renewal of temporary amendments to a Norwegian aid scheme granting tax refunds to shipping companies aimed at off-setting the (...)

The EU Commission approves an award of slots at the Paris-Orly airport to a low-cost airline company in the context of its competitor’s recapitalisation due to the COVID-19 pandemic (Vueling / Air France) Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves award of slots at Paris-Orly airport to Vueling in context of Air France’s recapitalisation* The European Commission has ranked Vueling first among the air carriers that have applied for the portfolio of up to 18 daily slots at Paris-Orly airport. These will be (...)

The EU Commission approves a €3 billion French scheme to provide debt and capital support to companies affected by the COVID-19 pandemic Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €3 billion French scheme to provide debt and capital support to companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, French plans to set up a €3 billion fund that will invest through debt, hybrid and equity (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves a production grant scheme for private media outlets in Iceland in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
ESA approves production grant scheme for private media outlets in Iceland* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved a grant scheme for private media outlets in Iceland. The scheme aims to improve operating conditions and strengthen the media’s role in providing factual (...)

The EU Commission approves a €520 million Italian scheme to compensate the trade fairs and congress sector for damages suffered due to the COVID-19 pandemic Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €520 million Italian scheme to compensate the trade fairs and congress sector for damages suffered due to the coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a €520 million Italian scheme to compensate companies active in the (...)

The EU Commission approves a €500 million Greek aid scheme to support the uncovered fixed costs of companies affected by the Covid-19 outbreak Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €500 million Greek aid scheme to support uncovered fixed costs of companies affected by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a Greek scheme to support the uncovered fixed costs of companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme was (...)

The EU Commission approves a €108 million Danish aid measure to support Covid-19-related research and development activities of a healthcare company (Bavarian) Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €108 million Danish aid measure to support coronavirus-related research and development activities of Bavarian Nordic* The European Commission has approved a €108 million Danish aid measure to support coronavirus-related research and development (R&D) (...)

The EU Commission approves €1 billion Cypriot scheme to support enterprises and self-employed individuals in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €1 billion Cypriot scheme to support enterprises and self-employed individuals in context of coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a €1 billion Cypriot scheme to support enterprises and self-employed individuals in the context of the (...)

The EU Commission gives the green light to a new synthetic securitization product under the European Guarantee Fund to further support SMEs affected by the Covid-19 pandemic in 22 Member States Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission gives green light to new synthetic securitisation product under the European Guarantee Fund to further support SMEs affected by the coronavirus outbreak in 22 Member States* The European Commission approved, under EU State aid rules, the introduction of a new product in (...)

The EU Commission approves a €550 million German support measure to compensate a national railway company for damages suffered by its subsidiary due to the Covid-19 pandemic (Deutsche Bahn / DB Fernverkehr) Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €550 million German support to compensate Deutsche Bahn for damages suffered by its subsidiary DB Fernverkehr due to the coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has found a €550 million German support measure in favor of Deutsche Bahn AG (“Deutsche Bahn”) to (...)

The EU Commission approves a €430 million Italian scheme to compensate ski lift operators for damages suffered due to the Covid-19 pandemic Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €430 million Italian scheme to compensate ski lift operators for damages suffered due to coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a €430 million Italian measure to compensate ski lift operators for the damages suffered (...)

The EU Commission approves German measures worth over €2.5 billion to support rail freight and passenger operators affected by the COVID-19 outbreak Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves German measures worth over €2.5 billion to support rail freight and passenger operators affected by the coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, two German schemes supporting the rail freight sector and the (...)

The EU Commission approves €525.3 million German aid in favor of an airline in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic (Condor) Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €525.3 million German aid in favour of airline Condor in context of coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has found an aid package by Germany in favour of the airline Condor to be in line with EU State aid rules. The approval of the aid package, based on (...)

The EU Commission approves a €800 million Italian scheme to compensate airports and ground-handling operators for the damage suffered due to the COVID-19 pandemic Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €800 million Italian scheme to compensate airports and ground-handling operators for the damage suffered due to the coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a €800 million Italian scheme to compensate airports and (...)

The EU Commission adopts an extension of the scope of the General Block Exemption Regulation to include State aid measures which support economic recovery from COVID-19 in a sustainable way Free
Covington & Burling (Brussels)
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Covington & Burling (Brussels)
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Covington & Burling (Brussels)
On 23 July 2021, the European Commission (“Commission”) adopted an extension of the scope of the General Block Exemption Regulation (“GBER”). The revised rules concern: Aid for projects funded via certain EU centrally managed programs under the new Multiannual Financial Framework; and Certain (...)

The EU Commission simplifies rules for aid combined with EU support and introduces new possibilities to implement aid measures supporting the twin transition and the recovery from Covid-19 pandemic Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission simplifies rules for aid combined with EU support and introduces new possibilities to implement aid measures supporting the twin transition and the recovery from coronavirus pandemic* The European Commission adopted today an extension of the scope of the General Block (...)

The EU Commission approves a €1 billion Spanish recapitalisation scheme to provide debt and capital support to companies affected by the COVID-19 pandemic Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €1 billion Spanish recapitalisation scheme to provide debt and capital support to companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, Spanish plans to set up a €1 billion recapitalisation fund that will (...)

The EU General Court confirms that the aid granted by Austria to its national airline in order to compensate it for the damage resulting from the cancellation or rescheduling of its flights due to the COVID-19 pandemic is compatible with the internal market (Austrian Airlines / Laudamotion) Free
General Court of the European Union (Luxembourg)
The General Court confirms that the aid granted by Austria to Austrian Airlines in order to compensate it for the damage resulting from the cancellation or rescheduling of its flights due to the COVID-19 pandemic is compatible with the internal market* That aid, having been deducted from the (...)

The EU Commission approves €2.5 billion Italian scheme to support self-employed and healthcare professionals in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €2.5 billion Italian scheme to support self-employed and healthcare professionals in context of coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a €2.5 billion Italian scheme to support self-employed individuals and certain healthcare professionals in the (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves increased support to long-distance bus and passenger boat services in Norway until the end of 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 Pandemic: ESA approves increased support to long-distance bus and passenger boat services in Norway until the end of 2021* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved the renewal of a support scheme to compensate losses incurred by operators of long-distance bus and (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves renewing support to large public events that are cancelled or downscaled due to the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves renewing support to large public events that are cancelled or downscaled due to the pandemic* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved the renewal of a scheme offering compensation to organisers of large public events downscaled or cancelled as a (...)

The EU Commission approves €39.7 million of Italian aid measures to compensate a national airline company for further damages suffered due to COVID-19 outbreak (Alitalia) Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €39.7 million of Italian aid measure to compensate Alitalia for further damages suffered due to coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has found that an Italian aid measure of €39.7 million to support Alitalia is in line with EU State aid rules. This measure (...)

The EU Commission approves a Polish scheme to compensate large companies for damages suffered due to the COVID-19 pandemic and provide liquidity support Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves a Polish scheme to compensate large companies for damages suffered due to coronavirus outbreak and provide liquidity support* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a Polish scheme to partially compensate large companies for the damages (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves the prolongation of a Norwegian State aid scheme for sporting events of national importance amidst the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves prolongation of Norwegian aid scheme for sporting events of national importance* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved a prolongation until 31 October 2021 of a scheme providing support to sporting events affected by the ongoing COVID-19 (...)

The EU Commission approves €800 million Italian scheme to support companies in context of the coronavirus outbreak, as well as development and production of COVID-19-relevant products Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €800 million Italian scheme to support companies in context of coronavirus outbreak, as well as development and production of coronavirus-relevant products* The European Commission has approved a €800 million Italian scheme to support companies affected by the (...)

The EU Commission approves €800 million State aid scheme for Greece in order to support the tourism sector in the context of COVID-19 pandemic Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €800 million Greek scheme to support tourism sector in context of coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a €800 million Greek scheme to support companies active in tourism affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves support to organisers of package travels in Norway in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves support to organisers of package travels in Norway* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved a scheme that will help ensure that organisers of package travels can obtain refund guarantees from insurance companies and continue operations. In (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves a Norwegian compensation scheme for organisers of canceled or downscaled cultural events in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves Norwegian compensation scheme for organisers of cancelled or downscaled cultural events* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved a Norwegian scheme to compensate organisers and subcontractors for losses related to cancelled or downscaled (...)

The EU Commission approves the modification of the existing German State aid scheme to support rail freight operators and mitigate the effects of COVID-19 pandemic on the sector Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves modification of existing German scheme to support rail freight operators and mitigate effects of coronavirus outbreak on the sector* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, the modification of an existing German aid scheme to support rail (...)

The EU General Court annuls for inadequate reasoning two COVID-19 related State aid decisions granted by the Netherlands and Portugal while also confirming in a third decision the legality of a Spanish State aid scheme in the air transport sector (Ryanair) Free
Steptoe & Johnson (Brussels)
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Jones Day (Brussels)
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Jones Day (Brussels)
On 19 May 2021, the General Court (“GC”) annulled two decisions of the European Commission, following Ryanair’s challenges of State aid granted to respectively TAP (Portugal’s national airline) and KLM (subsidiary of the Air France-KLM holding company). In June and July 2020, TAP and KLM received (...)

The EU General Court clarifies the relationship between the rules on State aid and the principle of non-discrimination on grounds of nationality (Ryanair) Free
General Court of the European Union (Luxembourg)
The solvency support fund for strategic Spanish undertakings experiencing temporary difficulties due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic is compatible with EU law* The measure at issue, intended for the adoption of recapitalisation measures with a budget of €10 billion, constitutes a State (...)

The EU General Court annuls the Commission’s decisions authorising State aid schemes granted by Portugal and the Netherlands to two airline companies (Ryanair) Free
Maastricht University
State Aid to Group of Companies* In assessing the compatibility of State aid with the internal market, the Commission must also consider previous awards to a legally distinct but related company. In assessing the need for rescue/restructuring aid, the Commission must also consider whether the (...)

The EU General Court rules that limiting State aid due to COVID-19 to companies which have a durable link with the local economy can be compatible with the internal market (Ryanair) Free
Maastricht University
Is State Aid for Locally Established Undertakings Compatible with the Internal Market?* Limitation of State aid to companies which have a durable link with the local economy can be compatible with the internal market. Introduction By prohibiting barriers to free movement and establishment in (...)

The EU General Court delivers three judgments State aid granted to support airlines in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic (Ryanair) Free
Hogan Lovells (Brussels)
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Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
On 19 May 2021, the General Court of the European Union (“GC”) delivered three further judgments in cases brought by Ryanair concerning State aid granted to support other airlines in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. In one of these cases, the GC rejected Ryanair’s action for annulment (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves amendments to the Norwegian aid scheme for voluntary organisations due to the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
19 pandemic: ESA approves amendments to Norwegian aid scheme for voluntary organisations* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved prolonging support to voluntary organisations experiencing financial challenges as a result of COVID-19-containment measures. The budget is also (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves the prolongation and amendments brought to two Norwegian aid schemes that provide support to event organizers facing continued financial losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves prolongation and amendments to financial aid schemes for organisers of events in the sporting and voluntary sectors in Norway* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved a prolongation and amendments to two Norwegian aid schemes that provide (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves amendments to Norwegian liquidity support scheme for tourism sector amidst the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves amendments to Norwegian liquidity support scheme for tourism sector* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved a prolongation of a liquidity support scheme to Norway’s tourism sector. The scheme is also amended to allow for increased support and to (...)

The EU Commission approves a €500 million Greek scheme to support food service companies affected by the COVID-19 pandemic Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €500 million Greek scheme to support food service companies affected by coronavirus outbreak The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a €500 million Greek support scheme to support food service companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak. (...)

The EU Commission approves a €1.9 billion Czech scheme to support companies in context of the COVID-19 pandemic Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €1.9 billion Czech scheme to support companies in context of coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved an approximately € 1.9 billion (CZK 50 billion) Czech scheme to support companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme was approved (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves the prolonging of support for large public events in Norway Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves prolonging support for large public events in Norway* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved a prolongation and amendments of a scheme offering compensation to organisers of large public events that must be downscaled or cancelled as a result (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves amendments and prolongations to Icelandic business-support schemes Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves amendments and prolongations to Icelandic business-support schemes* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved amendments and prolongations to the closure grants and resilience grants schemes providing support to companies suffering income losses (...)

The EFTA Surveillance approves compensation to producers of eligible Norwegian culture films Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves compensation to producers of eligible Norwegian culture films* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved a scheme compensating film producers for losses due to the closure of cinemas or restrictions in seating capacity. The Norwegian authorities (...)

The EU Commission approves a €12 million COVID-19 damage compensation as well as a €255.5 million of liquidity support to two airline companies in Portugal and extends an ongoing in-depth investigation to planned restructuring aid (SATA / Azores) Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €12 million coronavirus damage compensation and €255.5 million of liquidity support to SATA Air Açores and Azores Airlines in Portugal; extends ongoing in-depth investigation to planned restructuring aid* The European Commission has approved €12 million in Portuguese (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves Norwegian umbrella scheme to support businesses in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves Norwegian umbrella scheme to support businesses* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved a Norwegian umbrella scheme allowing municipalities to support local businesses that are suffering due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Preventive (...)

The EU General Court of Justice finds that the aid measures introduced by Sweden and Denmark for an airline company’s damage resulting from the cancellation or rescheduling of flights in the wake of travel restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic comply with EU law (Ryanair) Free
General Court of the European Union (Luxembourg)
Aid measures introduced by Sweden and Denmark for SAS for damage resulting from the cancellation or rescheduling of flights in the wake of travel restrictions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic comply with EU law* Given that SAS’s market share is much higher than that of its closest competitor in (...)

The EU General Court decides that State aid may be granted to a single company that is important for the national economy and does not need to be granted to all competitors (Ryanair) Free
Maastricht University
Individual Aid Measures to Combat Covid-19* Aid to remedy a serious economic disturbance may be granted to a single company that is important for the national economy. EU law does not extend to competitors a right to the same aid. Introduction Between March 2020 and April 2021, the European (...)

The EU General Court rejects a company’s actions for annulment against decisions of the Commission on COVID-19 individual aid in the aviation sector (Ryanair) Free
Hogan Lovells (Brussels)
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Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
On 14 April 2020, the General Court dismissed the actions for annulment brought by Ryanair against three decisions of the Commission authorising State aid in the airline sector. These judgments were delivered by the same Tenth Chamber (extended composition), which had already dismissed in (...)

The EU General Court dismisses three challenges against decisions of the Commission approving individual aid measures granted by Finland, Denmark and Sweden in the COVID-19 crisis (Ryanair) Free
Free University of Brussels (ULB)
On 14 April 2021, the General Court ("GC") handed down three judgments dismissing Ryanair’s challenges against decisions by the European Commission, approving individual aid measures granted by Finland to Finnair (Case T-388/20) and by Denmark and Sweden to SAS in the context of the COVID-19 (...)

The EU Commission approves €1.74 billion Danish scheme to support mink farmers and related businesses in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €1.74 billion Danish scheme to support mink farmers and related businesses in context of coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved under EU State aid rules, an approximately €1.74 billion (DKK 13 billion) Danish scheme to compensate mink farmers (...)

The EU Commission approves up to €4 billion French measure to recapitalise a national airline company (Air France) Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves up to €4 billion French measure to recapitalise Air France* The European Commission has approved French plans to grant up to €4 billion for the recapitalisation of Air France through its Holding company. The measure was approved under the State aid Temporary (...)

The EU Commission approves €400 million Dutch loan scheme to support companies providing package travel and linked travel arrangements in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €400 million Dutch loan scheme to support companies providing package travel and linked travel arrangements in context of coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a €400 million Dutch loan scheme to support companies providing package travel and (...)

The EU Commission approves €24.7 million Italian aid to compensate a national airline company for further damages suffered due to the COVID-19 pandemic (Alitalia) Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €24.7 million of Italian support to compensate Alitalia for further damages suffered due to coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has found €24.7 million of Italian support in favour of Alitalia to be in line with EU State aid rules. This measure aims at (...)

The EU Commission approves amended Member State measures under the Temporary Framework to support the economy after the COVID-19 outbreak Free
Steptoe & Johnson (Brussels)
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Jones Day (Brussels)
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Jones Day (Brussels)
Since the onset of the coronavirus outbreak, the European Commission has adopted a significant number of State aid measures under Article 107(2)b, Article 107(3)b and under the Temporary Framework. The most recent measures adopted to support the economy and companies affected by coronavirus (...)

The EU Commission approves a €270 million Italian measure to support rail freight and commercial passenger operators affected by the COVID-19 pandemic Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €270 million Italian measure to support rail freight and commercial passenger operators affected by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a €270 million Italian measure supporting both the rail freight sector and the (...)

The EU Commission approves the modification of three existing Spanish State aid schemes in order to support the economy in the COVID-19 crisis Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves modification of Spanish schemes, including €10 billion budget increase for aid of limited amount, to further support economy in context of coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has found the modification of three existing Spanish schemes to support the (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves a Norwegian aid scheme for sporting events of national importance Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves Norwegian aid scheme for sporting events of national importance* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved an aid scheme that will provide financial support to voluntary organisations organising sporting events considered to be of national (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves a financial aid to the Norwegian voluntary sector Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves financial aid to Norwegian voluntary sector* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved an aid scheme that will compensate voluntary organisations for lost income and increased costs arising from COVID-19 containment measures. Norway continues to (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves a Norwegian State aid scheme to help the event industry adjust to prolonged restrictions Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves scheme to help the event industry adjust to prolonged restrictions* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved a Norwegian scheme to help event companies overcome pandemic-related challenges. The event industry continues to be strongly impacted (...)

The EU Commission approves Finnish State aid measures of €350 million to support a national airport in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €350 million Finnish support to Finavia in the context of the coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, three Finnish measures, with an overall budget of €350 million, to support airport operator Finavia in the context of (...)

The EU Commission approves around €350 million Finnish support to compensate a national airline for damages suffered due to coronavirus outbreak (Finnair) Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves around €350 million Finnish support to compensate Finnair for damages suffered due to coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has found €351.38 million of Finnish support in favour of Finnair to be in line with EU State aid rules. The measure aims at (...)

The EU Commission approves a €1.1 billion Polish State aid scheme to support companies affected by the COVID-19 outbreak Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €1.1 billion Polish scheme to further support companies affected by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a €1.1 billion (PLN 5 billion) Polish scheme to support companies in various sectors affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme was (...)

The EU Commission approves €511 million Italian State aid scheme to compensate commercial rail passenger operators for damages suffered due to the COVID-19 outbreak Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €511 million Italian scheme to compensate commercial rail passenger operators for damages suffered due to coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, €511 million in Italian support to compensate providers of commercial, (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves increased compensation to Norwegian businesses Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves increased compensation to Norwegian businesses* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved amendments to a temporary compensation scheme for companies in Norway. This entails stepping up the aid intensity for January and February 2021, including an (...)

The EU Commission approves a €2 billion French State aid scheme to support uncovered fixed costs of companies affected by the COVID-19 pandemic Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €2 billion French scheme to support uncovered fixed costs of companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a French scheme to support the uncovered fixed costs of companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme was (...)

The EU Commission approves a Latvian State aid recapitalization of up to €39.7 million in the air transport sector (Riga International Airport)
Covington & Burling (Brussels)
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Covington & Burling (Brussels)
On March 8, 2021, the European Commission (EC) approved the state recapitalization of up to €39.7 million, comprising a capital injection and a waived dividend payment for the 2019 financial year. The measure was notified to the EC under the EU’s Temporary Framework for State aid to support the (...)

The EU Commission approves a €20 million French State aid scheme with private investors support for companies affected by the COVID-19 outbreak Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves French guarantee scheme mobilising up to €20 billion support from private investors for companies affected by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a French State guarantee scheme to support the economy in the (...)

The EU Commission approves a €40 million State aid measure to support research and development activities related to COVID-19 in Italy Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €40 million Italian aid measure to support coronavirus related research and development activities* The European Commission has approved a €40 million Italian aid measure to support coronavirus related research and development (R&D) by biotechnology company (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves renewing temporary amendments to Norway’s seafarer tax refund scheme in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves renewing temporary amendments to Norway’s seafarer tax refund scheme* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved a renewal of temporary amendments to a Norwegian aid scheme that grants tax and social security contribution refunds. The refunds are (...)

The EU General Court dismisses the first two challenges to State aid awarded to national airlines in response to the COVID-19 pandemic (Ryanair) Free
Covington & Burling (Brussels)
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Covington & Burling (Brussels)
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Allen & Overy (Brussels)
On 17 February 2021, the General Court of the European Union (“General Court”) in Cases T-259/20 and T-238/20 dismissed Ryanair’s challenges to pandemic aid packages introduced in France and Sweden in order to support the domestic airline sector. The judgments are the first ones where the General (...)

The EU Court of Justice dismisses two actions brought by an airline company against the Commission’s approval of State aid schemes supporting airlines holding national licences during the COVID-19 pandemic (Ryanair) Free
Bird & Bird (Brussels)
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Bird & Bird (Brussels)
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Bird & Bird (London)
In May 2020, Ryanair brought two separate actions against the EC approval of a Swedish and a French State aid scheme supporting airlines holding national licences under Article 107(3)(b) TFEU and Article 107(2)(b) TFEU respectively. On 17 February 2021, the General Court dismissed Ryanair’s (...)

The EU General Court hands down two judgments dismissing an airline company’s challenges against decisions by the Commission approving French and Swedish measures to support airlines in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic (Ryanair) Free
Free University of Brussels (ULB)
On 17 February 2021, the General Court handed down two judgments dismissing Ryanair’s challenges against decisions by the European Commission, approving French and Swedish measures to support airlines in the context of the pandemic (Cases T-238/20 and T-259/20). These judgments are the very (...)

The EU General Court rejects actions against the Commission’s decisions on COVID-19 aid schemes in the aviation sector (Ryanair) Free
Hogan Lovells (Brussels)
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Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
On 17 February 2021, the General Court delivered two important judgments concerning State aid granted by Sweden (T-238/20) and France (T-259/20), respectively, on the basis of the Temporary Framework for State aid measures to support the economy in the current COVID-19 outbreak (the “Covid-19 (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves increased support for the tourism sector in Norway in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 Pandemic: ESA approves increased support for the tourism sector in Norway* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved a budget increase for the liquidity support grant scheme for businesses in Norway’s tourism sector from NOK 550 million to NOK 850 million. On 6 July (...)

The EU Commission approves €1.4 billion Swedish scheme to support uncovered fixed costs of companies affected by coronavirus outbreak Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €1.4 billion Swedish scheme to support uncovered fixed costs of companies affected by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved an approximately €1.4 billion (SEK 14 billion) Swedish scheme to support the uncovered fixed costs of companies affected (...)

The EU Commission approves €300 million Austrian scheme for package travel organisers and facilitators of linked travel services in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €300 million Austrian scheme for package travel organisers and facilitators of linked travel services in the context of the coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a €300 million Austrian scheme for package travel (...)

The UK Government launches a consultation on a domestic regime for subsidy control following the conclusion of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement with the EU
Van Bael & Bellis (London)
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Van Bael & Bellis (London)
On 3 February 2021, the UK Government started a consultation process regarding the UK’s future subsidy regime, which will be entirely separate from the existing EU state aid framework. Following the conclusion of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement (the “TCA”) and the end of the Brexit (...)

The EU Commission expands for the fifth time the scope of the State aid Temporary Framework to support the economy in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak Free
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (Brussels)
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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (Brussels)
On January 28, the Commission extended and expanded for the fifth time the scope of the State aid Temporary Framework to support the economy in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak (the “TF”). Based on the January 28 amendment (the “Amendment”), all TF provisions, including recapitalization (...)

The EU Commission publishes its new Temporary Framework for State Aid measures to support the economy during the COVID-19 pandemic Free
Maastricht University
Liquidity Assistance to Banks to Counter the Effects of Covid-19* Any direct public support of financial institutions affected by covid-19 has to comply with both State aid rules and the rules of the banking union. Introduction The Temporary Framework for State aid to combat covid-19 (...)

The EU Commission publishes an extension of the Temporary Framework for State aid measures to support the economy during the COVID-19 outbreak Free
Covington & Burling (Brussels)
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Covington & Burling (Brussels)
The Commission’s Temporary Framework for State aid measures supporting the economy during the Covid-19 pandemic (the “Temporary Framework”) is proving to be a success. More than 200 Member State schemes and individual measures have been cleared under the Temporary Framework since its adoption in (...)

The EU Commission amends the Temporary Framework for State aid measures in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak Free
Baker McKenzie (Brussels)
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Baker McKenzie (Brussels)
On 28 January 2021, the Commission amended the Temporary Framework for COVID-19 ("Framework") again. This 5th Amendment prolongs its application until 31 December 2021. Other changes include increasing aid amounts that the Commission will approve under the Framework and allowing for limited (...)

The EU Commission adopts 5th amendment to the temporary framework for State aid measures to support the economy in the current COVID-19 outbreak Free
Hogan Lovells (Brussels)
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Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
On 28 January 2021, the European Commission (“Commission”) amended the Temporary Framework for State aid measures to support the economy in the current COVID-19 outbreak (the “Temporary FrameworK”). Below we outline the most relevant amendments: The application of the Temporary Framework is (...)

The EU Commission approves €12 billion German umbrella scheme to compensate companies for damages suffered due to the COVID-19 pandemic Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €12 billion German umbrella scheme to compensate companies for damages suffered due to coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has found a €12 billion German umbrella scheme (final part of the Novemberhilfe package) to compensate companies for damages (...)

The EU Commission approves €1.9 billion Polish scheme to support companies affected by the COVID-19 pandemic Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €1.9 billion Polish scheme to support companies affected by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a €1.9 billion (PLN 8.6 billion) Polish scheme to support companies operating in certain sectors affected by the coronavirus-outbreak. The scheme (...)

The EU Commission approves €300 million Austrian scheme to support organisers of events affected by the COVID-19 pandemic Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €300 million Austrian scheme to support organisers of events affected by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a €300 million Austrian scheme to support organisers of events affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The (...)

The EU Commission approves €202 million Croatian scheme to support companies in the tourism and sports sectors in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €202 million Croatian scheme to support companies in the tourism and sports sectors in the context of coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved an approximately €202 million (HRK 1.525 billion) Croatian State aid scheme to support companies of all (...)

The EU Commission and the UK Government agree on post-Brexit State Aid law in their Trade and Cooperation Agreement
White & Case (Brussels)
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White & Case (London)
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White & Case (London)
State aid remained one of the key sticking points in Brexit negotiations right until the announcement of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement ("TCA") on Christmas Eve 2020. One of the key priorities of the European Union ("EU") during the negotiations was to secure a "level playing field" on (...)

The EU Commission approves €120 million Greek support to compensate national airline company for damages suffered due to the Covid-19 pandemic (Aegean Airlines) Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €120 million Greek support to compensate Aegean Airlines for damages suffered due to coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has found a Greek grant of €120 million to Aegean Airlines to be in line with EU State aid rules. The measure aims at compensating the (...)

The EU Commission approves €2.9 billion Polish scheme to support micro, small and medium-sized enterprises due to the Covid-19 pandemic Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €2.9 billion Polish scheme to support micro, small and medium-sized enterprises in context of coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved an approximately €2.9 billion (PLN 13 billion) Polish State aid scheme to support micro, small and medium-sized (...)

The EU Commission approves €650 million Polish support to national network airline in context of the Covid-19 pandemic (LOT) Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €650 million Polish support to LOT in context of coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved two Polish measures, for a total of about €650 million (approximately PLN 2.9 billion), to support the airline LOT in the context of the coronavirus (...)

The EU Commission issues its State aid guidance on national recovery and resilience plans and makes it clear that all investment projects must comply with State aid rules Free
Jones Day (Brussels)
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Jones Day (Paris)
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Jones Day (Madrid)
In Short The Situation: The European Commission has launched its largest ever stimulus package to support recovery of EU economies from the COVID-19 pandemic’s unprecedented economic and social disruption. Each EU Member State must submit a recovery plan and funding requests for Commission (...)

The EU Commission publishes guiding templates to assist Member States in the design of their national recovery and resilience plans, consults on a possible extension of the general block exemption regulation, and conducts a survey on the implementation of the State aid temporary framework Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission puts forward initiatives to further facilitate implementation of recovery and coronavirus support measures * The European Commission has today published guiding templates to assist Member States in the design of their national recovery and resilience plans in line with EU (...)

The EU Commission approves a €900 million Slovenian scheme to support uncovered fixed costs of companies affected by the Covid-19 Pandemic Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €900 million Slovenian scheme to support uncovered fixed costs of companies affected by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a Slovenian €900 million scheme to cover part of the uncovered fixed costs of companies affected by the coronavirus (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves State aid scheme to the Icelandic airport (Keflavík Airport) Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 Pandemic: ESA approves ISK 15 billion in aid to Keflavík Airport* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved an Icelandic measure that will offer damage compensation to Isavia, the operator of Keflavík Airport, by increasing its share capital. Air travel has plummeted in (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves continued and increased support to long-distance bus and passenger boat services in Norway as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 Pandemic: ESA approves continued and increased support to long-distance bus and passenger boat services in Norway* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved a prolongation of a scheme to compensate losses incurred by operators of long-distance bus and passenger boat (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves Norwegian compensation scheme for canceled and downscaled large public events as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves Norwegian compensation scheme for cancelled and downscaled large public events* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved a scheme offering compensation to organisers and co-organisers of large public events for losses due to the COVID-19 (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves the granting of a state-aid to a cultural venue aiming to compensate for damages suffered as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic (Harpa) Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves ISK 400m compensation to Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved state aid for Harpa aiming to compensate for damages suffered as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has had serious (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority clears amendments to the Norwegian trade credit insurance scheme due to the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA clears amendments to Norwegian trade credit insurance scheme* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved amendments to a scheme ensuring access to trade credit insurance for enterprises with activity in Norway. The changes will align the scheme with (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves continuation of a Norwegian compensation scheme for companies due to the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves continuation of Norwegian compensation scheme for companies* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today authorised amendments and a prolongation of a temporary compensation scheme for companies in Norway. The updated scheme reflects the continued impact of (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves prolongation of Icelandic travel voucher scheme due to the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves prolongation of Icelandic travel voucher scheme* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved a prolongation of an Icelandic scheme offering digital gift vouchers of ISK 5 000 (approximately EUR 33) to individuals, which can be used to buy services (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves Icelandic grant scheme for businesses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves Icelandic grant scheme for businesses* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved an Icelandic scheme that will offer grants to companies suffering income losses as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Since the outbreak of the pandemic, (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves amendments to the Norwegian support scheme for cultural events due to the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 Pandemic: ESA approves amendments to Norwegian support scheme for cultural events* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved amendments to a scheme to cover losses due to cancellation or postponement of events. Norway notified ESA on 14 December of changes to the (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves additional aid to Norway’s national airport due to the COVID-19 pandemic (Torp Sandefjord Airport)
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves additional aid to Norway’s Torp Sandefjord Airport* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) today found a Norwegian plan to continue support to Torp Sandefjord Airport to be in line with EEA state-aid rules. The aid will help alleviate the airport’s financial losses (...)

The EU Commission gives green light to the pan-European guarantee fund to enable up to €200 billion of additional financing for companies affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in 21 Member States Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission gives green light to the Pan-European Guarantee Fund to enable up to €200 billion financing for companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak in 21 Member States* The European Commission found the creation of a €25 billion Pan-European Guarantee Fund managed by the (...)

The EU Commission authorises pan-European guarantee fund for companies affected by the Covid-19 outbreak Free
Hogan Lovells (Brussels)
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Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
On 14 December 2020, the Commission authorised the creation of a € 25 billion Pan-European Guarantee Fund managed by the European Investment Bank (“EIB”) to support companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The creation of this Pan-European Guarantee Fund (the “Fund”) was endorsed by the (...)

The EU Commission approves €106.7 million restructuring aid and €30.2 compensation for damages suffered due to coronavirus outbreak in favour of French airline (Corsair) Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €106.7 million restructuring aid and €30.2 compensation for damages suffered due to coronavirus outbreak in favour of French airline Corsair* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, two French measures in favour of Corsair, an airline active (...)

The EU Commission approves €625 million Italian scheme to support tour operators and travel agencies affected by COVID-19 outbreak Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €625 million Italian scheme to support tour operators and travel agencies affected by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a €625 million Italian scheme to support tour operators and travel agencies in Italy affected by the coronavirus (...)

The EU Commission approves €20 million voucher scheme to support access to broadband services by students in Greece essential in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €20 million voucher scheme to support access to broadband services by students in Greece* The European Commission has approved under EU State aid rules a €20 million voucher scheme to help students in Greece access broadband services and benefit from remote online (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves amendments to grant scheme for Norwegian traders of package travels due to the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves amendments to grant scheme for Norwegian traders of package travels* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved amendments to a Norwegian scheme that provides access to liquidity for tour operators offering package holidays. The package-holiday (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves amendments to support scheme for Norwegian tourism sector due to the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves amendments to support scheme for Norwegian tourism sector* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved a prolongation of and amendments to the Norwegian liquidity support grant scheme for businesses in the tourism sector. On 6 July 2020, ESA found (...)

The EU Commission approves German “umbrella” scheme to enable capital support to enterprises affected by the COVID-19 pandemic Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves German “umbrella” scheme to enable capital support to enterprises affected by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved German plans to set up a scheme under which the German federal and regional authorities can invest through debt and equity (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves amendments to a compensation scheme for bus and passenger boat services in Norway due to the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves amendments to a compensation scheme for bus and passenger boat services in Norway* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved amendments making it easier for eligible bus and boat service operators to access funding. On 20 July 2020, ESA approved (...)

The EU Commission approves Austrian measures to support rail freight and passenger operators affected by the COVID-19 outbreak Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves Austrian measures to support rail freight and passenger operators affected by the coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, two Austrian measures supporting the rail freight sector and one measure supporting the rail (...)

The EU Commission approves €120 million Luxembourg scheme to support uncovered fixed costs of companies affected by COVID-19 outbreak Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €120 million Luxembourg scheme to support uncovered fixed costs of companies affected by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a Luxembourg State aid scheme to support the uncovered fixed costs of companies affected by the coronavirus (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves prolonged support to airlines in Norway due to the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves prolonged support to airlines in Norway* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved an amendment and prolongation of the existing guarantee scheme for airline operators facing acute liquidity shortages until 30 June 2021. Air travel has plummeted (...)

The EU Commission approves German “umbrella” scheme to support uncovered fixed costs of companies affected by the COVID-19 pandemic Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves German “umbrella” scheme to support uncovered fixed costs of companies affected by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a German “umbrella” scheme to support the uncovered fixed costs of companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme (...)

The EU Commission approves Austrian ”Fixkostenzuschuss Phase II” scheme to support uncovered fixed costs of companies affected by the COVID-19 pandemic Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves Austrian ”Fixkostenzuschuss Phase II” scheme to support uncovered fixed costs of companies affected by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved the Austrian “Fixkostenzuschuss Phase II” scheme to support the uncovered fixed costs of companies (...)

The EU Commission approves Danish fund to enable €1.34 billion of capital support to large companies affected by COVID-19 outbreak Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves Danish fund to enable €1.34 billion of capital support to large companies affected by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved Danish plans to set up a fund with a target size of up to DKK 10 billion (approximately €1.34 billion) to recapitalise (...)

The Polish Competition Authority extends its aid programs to help entrepreneurs during the COVID-19 pandemic Free
Polish Competition Authority (Warsaw)
UOKiK notifies extension of aid programmes* On 13 November of this year UOKiK has notified the extension of the aid programmes to the European Union, the objective of which is to support Polish entrepreneurs in relation to the Covid-19 epidemic. The Authority expects the EC to issue its (...)

The EU Commission Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager gives a speech on the future of State aid rules for the recovery from the current COVID-19 pandemic Free
Steptoe & Johnson (Brussels)
On 16 November 2020, Executive VP and Competition Commissioner Vestager spoke at the State Aid High Level Forum of the Member States, focusing on new State aid rules to respond to the current economic crisis caused by the pandemic. In addition to the Temporary Framework for State Aid, which is (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves Norwegian prolongation of trade credit insurance scheme due to the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves prolongation of trade credit insurance scheme* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved the prolongation of a scheme ensuring access to trade credit insurance for enterprises with activity in Norway. The scheme aims to ensure access to trade (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves prolongation of Norwegian guarantee scheme that ensures access to liquidity for companies due to the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves prolongation of Norwegian support to businesses* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved amendments to a guarantee scheme in Norway that ensures access to liquidity for companies, including a prolongation of the scheme. On 26 March 2020, ESA (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves Icelandic schemes to compensate companies suffering income losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves Icelandic schemes to compensate companies* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved two Icelandic schemes that will offer direct grants to companies suffering income losses as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Since the outbreak of the (...)

The EU Commission approves €1.5 billion Dutch scheme to compensate public transport companies for damages suffered due to COVID-19 outbreak Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €1.5 billion Dutch scheme to compensate public transport companies for damages suffered due to coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a Dutch scheme of around €1.5 billion to compensate companies providing regional and (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves Norwegian renewal of support scheme for cultural events due to the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves renewal of support scheme for cultural events in Norway* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved renewal and amendments of a scheme to cover losses following cancellation and postponement of events. Events across Norway have been cancelled or (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves Norwegian State aid to cancelled Offshore Northern Seas conference and fair due to the COVID-19 pandemic (Offshore Northern Seas Foundation) Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves state aid to cancelled Offshore Northern Seas conference and fair* The EFTA Surveillance Authority has today approved state aid for the Offshore Northern Seas Foundation’s (ONS) 2020 conference, which was cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves aid to an agricultural and trade fair in Norway due to the COVID-19 pandemic (Dyrsku’n) Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves aid to Dyrsku’n agricultural and trade fair in Norway* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved aid to Dyrsku’n, Norway’s largest agricultural and trade fair. The aid aims to compensate for pandemic-related losses following the cancellation of the (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves prolongation of support to airlines in Norway due to the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves prolongation of support to airlines in Norway* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved the extension of the current guarantee scheme for airline operators in Norway until 31 December 2020. Strict containment measures, including travel (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves renewal of Norwegian support to event organizers in the sports and voluntary sector due to the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 pandemic: ESA approves renewal of support to event organisers in the sports and voluntary sector* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved renewal and amendments of a scheme to cover losses following cancellation and postponement of events. Events across Norway have (...)

The EU Commission extends for the fourth time the State aid temporary framework to support the economy in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic Free
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (Brussels)
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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton (Brussels)
On October 13, the Commission extended and expanded for the fourth time the scope of the State aid Temporary Framework to support the economy in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak (the “TF”).. Based on this amendment, all TF provisions are extended until June 30, 2021 while the section on (...)

The EU Commission publishes the fourth amendment to the State aid temporary framework to support the economy in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic Free
Baker McKenzie (Brussels)
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McDermott Will & Emery (Brussels)
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Baker McKenzie (Brussels)
On 13 October 2020, the Commission decided to extend the coverage of the Temporary Framework and prolong it for six months until 30 June 2021, except for the section on recapitalisation support, which was extended for three months until 30 September 2021 (4th Amendment). In March 2020, the (...)

The EU Commission adopts the fourth amendment to the State aid temporary framework because of the COVID-19 pandemic, making Serbia add recapitalization measures Free
BDK (Podgorica)
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, the Government of Serbia has adopted several state aid measures aimed at helping the economic entities preserve jobs and liquidity. In this respect, the Government took the lead from the European Commission and its measures adopted within the scope of (...)

The EU Commission announces extension of the EU State aid temporary framework in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic Free
Baker Botts (Brussels)
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University of Tilburg
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Baker Botts (Brussels)
Prolongs the Regime until 30 June 2021, Allows for Short-term Support for Uncovered Fixed Costs and Adapts Conditions for State Recapitalization Measures The European Commission (‘Commission’) relaxed the strict EU state aid rules and introduced a Temporary Framework (‘TF’) in March 2020 to allow (...)

The EU Commission prolongs and expands COVID-19 temporary framework to further support companies facing significant turnover losses Free
Hogan Lovells (Brussels)
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Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
On 13 October 2020, the Commission prolonged the scope of the COVID-19 Temporary Framework adopted on 19 March 2020. All sections of the Temporary Framework have been prolonged for six months (i.e. until 30 June 2021), and the section to enable recapitalisation support is prolonged for three (...)

The EU Commission prolongs its State aid temporary framework in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic Free
Steptoe & Johnson (Brussels)
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Jones Day (Brussels)
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Jones Day (Brussels)
On 13 October 2020, the European Commission decided to prolong and extend the scope of the State Aid Temporary Framework as follows: Extension of Temporary Framework: All sections of the Temporary Framework are prolonged for six months until 30 June 2021, except the section that enables (...)

The EU Commission prolongs and expands temporary framework to further support companies facing significant turnover losses due to the COVID-19 outbreak Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission prolongs and expands Temporary Framework to further support companies facing significant turnover losses* The European Commission has decided to prolong and extend the scope of the State aid Temporary Framework adopted on 19 March 2020 to support the economy in the (...)

The EU Commission approves €1.5 billion Italian scheme to support companies affected by COVID-19 outbreak in Southern Italy Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €1.5 billion Italian scheme to support companies affected by coronavirus outbreak in Southern Italy* The European Commission has approved a €1.5 billion Italian scheme to support companies operating in regions of Southern Italy affected by the coronavirus outbreak, (...)

The EU Commission consults Member States on a proposal to prolong and adjust State aid Temporary Framework in the context of the changing COVID-19 outbreak Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
Coronavirus: Commission Statement on consulting Member States on proposal to prolong and adjust State aid Temporary Framework* Today, the European Commission has sent to Member States for consultation a draft proposal to prolong until 30 June 2021 the State aid Temporary Framework, adopted on (...)

The EU Commission approves a €44 million Italian recapitalization scheme to support large companies affected by COVID-19 outbreak Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €44 billion Italian recapitalisation scheme to support large companies affected by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved an Italian scheme, with an overall budget of €44 billion, to support large enterprises affected by the coronavirus (...)

The EU Commission approves €199.45 million Italian support to compensate a national airline for damages suffered due to the COVID-19 pandemic (Alitalia) Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €199.45 million Italian support to compensate Alitalia for damages suffered due to coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has found Italian €199.45 million support in favour of Alitalia to be in line with EU State aid rules. The measure aims at compensating (...)

The Montenegrin Competition Authority opens investigations into the compatibility with State aid rules of aid granted to an airline company in the view of the COVID-19 pandemic (Lex MA) Free
BDK (Podgorica)
The Montenegrin Agency for Protection of Competition (“Agency“) issued on 3 September 2020 a decision to open a formal investigation procedure into the compatibility with state aid rules of the state aid granted by virtue of the 2019 Law on Investment into Consolidation and Development of the (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority greenlights state guarantee for Icelandic airline due to the COVID-19 pandemic (Icelandair) Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 Pandemic: ESA greenlights state guarantee for Icelandair* Iceland will provide state aid to Icelandair to partly compensate for the damage resulting from travel restrictions linked to the COVID-19 outbreak. Icelandair is an international passenger airline operating in Iceland. It (...)

The EU Commission approves a €290 million Belgian support to a national airline in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak (Brussels Airlines) Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €290 million Belgian support to Brussels Airlines in the context of the coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a €290 million Belgian aid measure to support SN Group, which is composed of SN Airholding and its sole subsidiary Brussels Airlines, (...)

The EU Commission approves €62 million Romanian loan guarantee to compensate a national airline for damages suffered due to the COVID-19 pandemic and provide the airline with urgent liquidity support (Blue Air) Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €62 million Romanian loan guarantee to compensate Blue Air for damage suffered due to coronavirus outbreak and provide the airline with urgent liquidity support* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a Romanian loan guarantee of up to (...)

The EU Commission approves German plans for a Bavarian fund to enable up to €46 billion of liquidity and capital support to enterprises in Bavaria in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves Bavarian fund to enable up to €46 billion of liquidity and capital support to enterprises in Bavaria in the context of the coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved German plans to set up a €46 billion fund at the level of the German State (Land) (...)

The EU Commission approves €1 billion Danish and Swedish measure to recapitalise major network airline due to the COVID-19 outbreak (SAS) Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €1 billion Danish and Swedish measure to recapitalise SAS* The European Commission has approved Danish and Swedish plans to contribute up to SEK 11 billion (approximately€1 billion) to the recapitalisation of SAS. The measure was approved under the State aid (...)

The EU Commission approves Irish loan guarantee scheme mobilizing €2 billion support for companies affected by the COVID-19 outbreak Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves Irish loan guarantee scheme mobilising €2 billion support for companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved an Irish loan guarantee scheme to support companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme was approved (...)

The EU Commission approves €2 billion Italian guarantee scheme to support trade credit insurance market in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €2 billion Italian guarantee scheme to support trade credit insurance market in the context of the coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a €2 billion Italian scheme to support the trade credit insurance market in the (...)

The EU Commission approves €30 million Estonian measure to support the state-owned aviation company in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak (Nordica) Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €30 million Estonian measure to support Nordica in the context of the coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a €30 million Estonian measure to provide a share capital increase and a subsidised interest loan to the state-owned aviation company (...)

The EU Commission approves German aid scheme to support airports affected by the COVID-19 outbreak Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves German aid scheme to support airports affected by the coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a German aid scheme to support airports in the context of the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme was approved partially based on Article 107(2)(b) of (...)

The EU Commission approves €6 billion German scheme to compensate public transport companies for damages suffered due to COVID-19 outbreak Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €6 billion German scheme to compensate public transport companies for damages suffered due to coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a €6 billion German scheme to compensate companies providing regional and local (...)

The EU Commission approves €665 million Austrian scheme to support non-profit organizations and their related entities affected by the COVID-19 outbreak Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €665 million Austrian scheme to support non-profit organisations and their related entities affected by the coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a €665 million Austrian scheme to support non-profit organisations (NPOs) and their related (...)

The EU Commission clears financial support granted by Romania to an airport as a compensation for the damage caused by the COVID-19 outbreak (Timisoara airport) Free
Giannino SI (Monserrato)
Introduction Applying Article 107(2)(b) TFEU the European Commission has cleared financial support granted by Romania to Timisoara Airport as compensation for damage caused by the outbreak of Covid-19. Background Following the declaration of a state of emergency in Romania on 16 March 2020, (...)

The EU Commission approves €840 million German guarantee scheme to protect consumers and support the travel industry in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €840 million German guarantee scheme to protect consumers and support the travel industry in the context of the coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a German State guarantee scheme worth €840 million to cover (...)

The EU Commission approves €6 billion Italian schemes to support SMEs affected by COVID-19 outbreak Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €6 billion Italian schemes to support SMEs affected by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved three Italian schemes, with an overall budget of €6 billion, mainly consisting of incentives to the recapitalisation by private investors of small and (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves Norwegian aid to the national airport operator due to the COVID-19 pandemic (TORP Sandefjord Airport) Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 Pandemic: ESA approves Norwegian aid to TORP Sandefjord Airport* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has approved aid to the operator of TORP Sandefjord Airport in Norway to cover some of the losses caused by the COVID-19 containment measures. The aviation sector in Norway, both (...)

The EU Commission approves €10 billion Spanish funds to provide debt and capital support to companies affected by the COVID-19 outbreak Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €10 billion Spanish fund to provide debt and capital support to companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved Spanish plans to set up a fund (Solvency Support Fund) with a budget of €10 billion that will invest through debt (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves Norwegian aid to national airport due to the COVID-19 pandemic (Haugesund Airport) Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 Pandemic: ESA approves Norwegian aid to Haugesund Airport* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has approved aid to Haugesund Airport, Karmøy (HAU) in Norway to cover losses caused by the COVID-19 containment measures. The aviation sector in Norway, both domestic and international, (...)

The EU Commission approves €866 million Czech scheme to support businesses affected by the COVID-19 outbreak Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves € 866 million Czech scheme to support businesses affected by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a CZK 22.9 billion (approximately € 866 million) Czech wage subsidy scheme providing support to enterprises affected by the coronavirus outbreak. (...)

The EU Commission approves €2.6 billion Polish scheme to support companies affected by the COVID-19 outbreak Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €2.6 billion Polish scheme to support companies affected by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a €2.6 billion (PLN 11.5 billion) Polish scheme to support companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme was approved under the State (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves temporary Norwegian rules on asset depreciation due to the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 Pandemic: ESA approves temporary Norwegian rules on asset depreciation* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has today approved a measure by the Norwegian government to stimulate liquidity for businesses by allowing an increased initial depreciation rate for investments in assets (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority approves compensation scheme for bus and passenger boat services in Norway due to the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 Pandemic: ESA approves compensation scheme for bus and passenger boat services in Norway* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has approved a scheme that will compensate undertakings offering commercial, year round, long-distance bus and boat services for losses incurred on (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority greenlights amendments and prolongation of Norwegian schemes compensating losses for sport, voluntary and cultural events due to the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
COVID-19 Pandemic: ESA greenlights amendments and prolongation of schemes compensating losses for sport, voluntary and cultural events* The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has approved amendments and prolongation of two schemes for organisers in the culture, sports and voluntary sector in (...)

The EFTA Surveillance Authority prolongs and amends 6 sets of state aid guidelines to guarantee legal certainty in light of the COVID-19 pandemic Free
EFTA Surveillance Authority (Brussels)
State Aid: ESA prolongs and amends guidelines* Today, the EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has decided to prolong six sets of state aid guidelines that were due to expire at the end of 2020. The decision, which mirrors that taken by the European Commission on 2 July 2020, is designed to (...)

The EU Commission recommends that Members States not grant financial support, including State aid, to companies with links to tax havens, especially in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak Free
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
State Aid: Commission recommends not granting financial support to companies with links to tax havens* The European Commission has today recommended that Member States do not grant financial support to companies with links to countries that are on the EU’s list of non-cooperative tax (...)