Italy & COVID-19

General antitrust

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 (...)

The Italian Government adopts a decree laying down additional measures to support companies negatively affected by the economic consequences of the COVID-19 outbreak Free
Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
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Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
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Van Bael & Bellis (Brussels)
On 6 April 2020, the Italian Government adopted a Law Decree (so-called “Decreto Liquidità”) laying down additional measures to support companies negatively affected by the economic consequences of the Covid-19 outbreak. These measures aim at alleviating the devastating effects of the outbreak on (...)

Anticompetitive practices

The Italian Competition Authority opens fourteen investigations into a national dairy products distributor for alleged unfair practices to the detriment of the contributing farmers (As many dairies)
Italian Competition Authority (Rome)
ICA: fourteen investigations opened into as many dairies for alleged unfair practices to the detriment of the contributing farmers* The proceedings were initiated following reports by the Italian Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies The Italian Competition Authority (Autorità (...)

The Italian Competition Authority fines four taxi firms for foreclosure of open platforms (Consortaxi / Taxi Napoli / Radio Taxi Partenope / Desa Radiotaxi) Free
Herbert Smith Freehills (Milan)
On 15 September 2020, the Italian Competition Authority (“ICA”) found that four taxi firms had entered into an agreement having as its object the prevention of competition by app providers in Naples. Due to the seriousness of the breach of Article 101 TFEU, a request by the parties that a (...)

The Italian Competition Authority approves a distribution scheme allowing disposable surgical masks to be sold in pharmacies and health retail outlets as a response to 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 1 June 2020, the Italian competition authority (“L’Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato”) authorised a scheme that would allow disposable surgical masks to be distributed and sold in pharmacies and health product retail outlets (see, attached press release). It did so at the request (...)

The Italian Competition Authority allows cooperation among competing pharmacies in purchasing and selling surgical masks, and common moratorium scheme for consumer credit among competing financial services providers, both as special measures allowed due to COVID-19 Free
Italian Competition Authority (Rome)
ICA: competitive compatibility verified of the cooperation agreements between businesses for the distribution of masks and the moratorium scheme for consumer credit prepared by Assofin* The Authority has applied for the first time the Communication, approved last April, on cooperation (...)

The Italian Competition Authority approves a joint purchasing agreement of surgical masks via pharmacies and drugstores pursuant to its temporary rules on cooperation between companies during the COVID-19 pandemic Free
Ashurst (Milan)
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Ashurst (Brussels)
On 1 June 2020, the Italian Competition Authority ("ICA") approved a joint purchasing agreement of surgical masks via pharmacies/drugstores and a moratorium scheme on loan repayments agreed within ASSOFIN (the Italian Association of Consumer Credit and Mortgage Lending) pursuant to its (...)

The Italian Competition Authority releases a notice on cooperation agreements between businesses with special emphasis on the pharmaceutical, agri-food and health sector within the framework of the COVID-19 emergency Free
Italian Competition Authority (Rome)
ICA: Notice on cooperation agreements between businesses within the framework of the coronavirus emergency* Following the crisis caused by the spread of COVID-19 and the needs of the production system to cope with it, the Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato (Italian Competition (...)

The Italian Competition Authority launches an investigation and opens sub-proceedings for potentially ordering interim measures against two companies providing products for the prevention of contagion of the COVID-19 to consumers resident in Europe (ContextLogic / Wish) Free
Italian Competition Authority (Rome)
PS11734 - ANTITRUST: PROCEEDINGS INITIATED AGAINST THE WWW.WISH.COM PLATFORM* On 31 March, the Authority launched an investigation and opened a sub-proceedings for ordering, if necessary, an interim measure against ContextLogic Inc, the US company that owns the www.wish.com platform and its (...)

The Italian Competition Authority initiates a proceeding against the sale of a generic drug for the treatment of HIV infections sold as a remedy to fight the COVID-19 virus (Kaletra) Free
University of Turin (Turin)
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University of Turin (Turin)
1.Introduction The spread of the Covid-19 pandemic is unfortunately accompanied by the equally rapid one of unfair commercial practices in Italy. A worrying scenario, also for potential, serious effects on people’s health, on which the Italian Competition Authority (‘ICA’) continues to keep the (...)

Unilateral Practices

The Italian Competition Authority publishes two investigations against online platforms with regards to some claims relating to the marketing of hand sanitising 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 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 (...)

Mergers

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 (...)

State Aid

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
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 EU Commission publishes its new Temporary Framework for State Aid measures to support the economy during the Covid-19 pandemic Free
College of Europe (Bruges)
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 approves €625 million Italian scheme to support tour operators and travel agencies affected by COVID-19 outbreak Free
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 €199.45 million Italian support to compensate national airline for damages suffered due to COVID-19 outbreak (Alitalia) Free
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 EU Commission approves €6 billion Italian schemes to support SMEs affected by COVID-19 outbreak Free
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 EU Commission approves €6.2 billion Italian grants scheme to support small businesses and self-employed affected by COVID-19 outbreak Free
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €6.2 billion Italian grants scheme to support small businesses and self-employed affected by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a €6.2 billion Italian scheme to support small businesses and self-employed affected by the coronavirus outbreak. (...)

The EU Commission approves €7.6 billion Italian tax schemes to support companies and self-employed workers affected by COVID-19 outbreak Free
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €7.6 billion Italian tax schemes to support companies and self-employed workers affected by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved four Italian aid schemes to support companies and self-employed workers affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The (...)

The EU Commission approves €9 billion Italian “umbrella” scheme to support the economy in COVID-19 outbreak Free
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €9 billion Italian “umbrella” scheme to support economy in coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a €9 billion Italian “umbrella” scheme to support the Italian economy in the context of the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme was approved under the (...)

The EU Commission approves €30 million Italian scheme to support SMEs in the agriculture and fishery sectors affected by COVID-19 outbreak Free
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €30 million Italian scheme to support SMEs in the agriculture and fishery sectors affected by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a €30 million Italian scheme to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the agricultural and (...)

The EU Commission approves €100 million Italian guarantee scheme to support SMEs in the agriculture, forestry, fishery, and aquaculture sectors affected by the COVID-19 outbreak Free
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €100 million Italian guarantee scheme to support SMEs in the agriculture, forestry, fishery and aquaculture sectors affected by the coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a €100 million Italian State aid scheme to support small and medium-sized (...)

The EU Commission approves €50 million Italian subsidised loans scheme to support agriculture, forestry, and fishery sectors affected by COVID-19 outbreak in Friuli Venezia Giulia region Free
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €50 million Italian subsidised loans scheme to support agriculture, forestry and fishery sectors affected by coronavirus outbreak in Friuli Venezia Giulia region* The European Commission has approved a €50 million Italian scheme to support the agricultural, (...)

The EU Commission approves Italian guarantee scheme for new working capital and investment loans granted by banks to support companies affected by the COVID-19 outbreak Free
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves Italian guarantee scheme to support the economy in coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved an Italian aid scheme to support the economy in the context of the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme was approved under the State aid Temporary Framework (...)

The EU Commission approves Italian guarantee scheme to support self-employed workers, SMEs, and mid-caps affected by COVID-19 outbreak Free
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves Italian guarantee scheme to support self-employed workers, SMEs and mid-caps affected by coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved an Italian aid scheme to support self-employed workers and companies with up to 499 employees affected by (...)

The EU Commission approves the Italian State guarantee supporting a debt moratorium from banks to SMEs affected by the COVID-19 outbreak Free
DG COMP (Brussels)
The European Commission has approved the Italian State guarantee supporting a debt moratorium from banks to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme was approved under the State aid Temporary Framework to support the economy in the context of (...)

The EU Commission approves a €50 million Italian State aid scheme to support the production and supply of medical devices Free
DG COMP (Brussels)
State aid: Commission approves €50 million Italian support scheme for production and supply of medical equipment and masks during Coronavirus outbreak* The European Commission has approved a €50 million Italian aid scheme to support the production and supply of medical devices, such as (...)

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