The German Parliament releases amendments to its Act against restraints of competition

On 19 January 2021, a major amendment to the German Act Against Restraints of Competition (Gesetz gegen Wettbewerbsbeschränkungen, "GWB") – the so-called "GWB Digitisation Act – entered into force. The amendment pursues two major objectives: to create a regulatory framework for competition in the digital economy and to implement the ECN+ Directive into national law. The key changes concern various areas of competition law, i.e. merger control, abuse of dominance – in particular in the context of the digital economy, cartel prosecution and horizontal cooperation. Overall, the amendment will result in fewer transactions being notifiable to the German Federal Cartel Office ("FCO"), implements far-reaching powers for the FCO against big tech companies and digital platforms by modernising the

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Michael Holzhäuser, Maria Held, The German Parliament releases amendments to its Act against restraints of competition, 19 January 2021, e-Competitions Notion of dominance, Art. N° 99215

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