Italian Competition Authority (Rome)

Italian Competition Authority

Italian Competition Authority (Rome)

The Italian Competition Authority (Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato) was established in Italy by Law no. 287 of 1990. It is an independent body, in that decisions are based on the competition law without interference by the Government. Having as aim the citizens’ welfare, the Authority enforces rules against anticompetitive agreements among undertakings, abuses of dominant position as well as concentrations (e.g., mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures) which may create or strengthen dominant positions detrimental to competition. Moreover, the Authority may send official opinions to the Government, the Parliament, the Regions and Local Authorities whenever existing or proposed legislative and administrative measures restrict competition. The Italian Competition Authority is also in charge of several other competencies, including protecting consumers from misleading advertising, comparative advertising which may bring discredit on competitors’ products or cause confusion, as well as unfair commercial practices among undertakings. Finally, the Authority enforces rules against conflicts of interest for government officials.

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Italian Competition Authority The Italian Competition Authority fines a drug manufacturer €3.5M for charging excessive prices to the National Health Service for a life-saving drug (Leadiant)

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A524 - ICA fines Leadiant 3,5 million euros for abusing its dominant position* The Italian Competition Authority (ICA) found that since June 2017 Leadiant has charged the Italian NHS unfairly excessive prices for the sale of a life-saving drug. Similar proceedings were conducted by competition (...)

Italian Competition Authority The Italian Competition Authority issues detailed requests for information from leading Italian oil companies following increase in price of petrol and diesel

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DC10398 - ICA : requests for information about fuel prices sent to leading oil companies* With the assistance of the Guardia di Finanza (Italian Financial Police), the Authority notified the documentation at the offices of the companies Following the extraordinary increase in petrol and (...)

Italian Competition Authority The Italian Competition Authority closes proceedings after accepting commitments related to an acquisition in the wholesale fixed telecommunications markets (FiberCop / TIM / Fastweb / Tiscali / KKR)

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ICA : FiberCop gets the green light. The commitments of TIM, Fastweb, Tiscali and KKR submitted after the start of the proceedings have been accepted* The commitments, positively assessed by the Authority, will make it possible to reduce barriers to the acquisition of operators and support (...)

Italian Competition Authority The Italian Competition Authority imposes fines totalling over €10M against companies active in the supply of water meters due to an anti-competitive agreement (G2 Misuratori / Maddalena / Itron Italia / Sensus Italia / WaterTech)

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ICA : fines totaling over 10 million euro against companies active in the supply of water meters due to an anti-competitive agreement* According to the Authority, many tenders launched between 2011 and 2019 by various operators of the Integrated urban water management for the supply of (...)

Italian Competition Authority The Italian Competition Authority imposes fines totaling €10M on four e-commerce businesses for implementing unfair commercial practices during the COVID-19 outbreak (Unieuro / Mediaworld / Leroy Merlin / Monclick)

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ICA : total fines of more than 10 million Euro imposed on Unieuro, Mediaworld, Leroy Merlin and Monclick* The four companies implemented unfair commercial practices in their e-commerce businesses The Italian Competition Authority has closed three proceedings initiated against Unieuro S.p.A. (...)

Italian Competition Authority The Italian Competition Authority imposes behavioral remedies and fines an e-commerce company over € 1.128 billion for abusing its dominant position in the market for e-commerce logistics services (Amazon)

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A528 - Italian Competition Authority : Amazon fined over € 1,128 billion for abusing its dominant position* The Authority found that Amazon harmed its competitors in the market for e-commerce logistics services. The Authority imposed behavioral measures on Amazon that will be subject to review (...)

Italian Competition Authority The Italian Competition Authority initiates proceedings against a company for alleged abuse of its dominant position on the Lazio market for the disposal of waste as a result of the unjustified refusal to guarantee access to its landfill site (Viterbo)

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A549 - Italian Competition Authority : proceedings have been started against Viterbo S.r.l.* Given the seriousness of the situation for the waste emergency in the Lazio Region, the Authority has not excluded the use of interim measures The Italian Competition Authority has decided to initiate (...)

Italian Competition Authority The Italian Competition Authority launches an investigation against a pharmaceutical association and numerous pharmacies in Altamura concerning an alleged anticompetitive agreement to prevent or agree in advance on discounts applied for medicines (Interprovincial Association of Pharmacists of Bari-Barletta-Andria-Trani)

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I855 - Italian Competition Authority : an investigation has been launched against the Interprovincial Association of Pharmacists of Bari-Barletta-Andria-Trani and numerous pharmacies in Altamura* A possible agreement on discounts applied to medicines and OTC products is currently under the (...)

Italian Competition Authority The Italian Competition Authority initiates non-compliance proceedings following a warning which required the company to cease an unfair practice in the highway infrastructure sector (Autostrade)

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ICA : non-compliance proceedings initiated against Autostrade per l’Italia* The licence-owner received a fine of €5 million in March but has not yet reduced the cost of tolls on the sections with significant traffic problems. The Italian Competition Authority has initiated a non-compliance (...)

Italian Competition Authority The Italian Competition Authority initiates proceedings against two pay-TV providers for possible anticompetitive practices through the rights agreement for the Liga A football series (Tim / Dazn)

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ICA : proceeding opened against Tim and Dazn for possible anti-competitive practice through the TV rights agreement for the Liga A football series* The Authority will evaluate the adoption of precautionary measures only if it finds that considerable and irreparable damage to competition (...)

Italian Competition Authority The Italian Competition Authority closes its investigation against a national gas distributor for an alleged abuse of a dominant position after addressing competition concerns (Italgas)

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ICA : Italgas commitments accepted for the tender concerning the gas distribution service in some municipalities of the province of Venice* According to the Authority, the competitive concerns that had led to the opening of the investigation in May 2020 have been solved L’Autorità Garante (...)

Italian Competition Authority 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)

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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 (...)

Italian Competition Authority The Italian Competition Authority investigates national fashion retailer for alleged abuse of economic dependence in franchising agreements (Benetton)

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A543 - ICA : Benetton under investigation for an alleged abuse of economic dependence in franchising agreements* According to the Authority, the group might have obliged its retailers to maintain a sales structure and a commercial organisation tailored to Benetton’s needs and such as to prevent (...)

Italian Competition Authority The Italian Competition Authority opens investigation into insurance association’s "fraud detection project" in non-life and life insurance for possible competitive concerns (ANIA)

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ICA : Investigation launched against ANIA regarding the ’fraud detection project’ in non-life and life insurance* The Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato initiated an investigation against the Associazione Nazionale fra le Imprese Assicuratrici (ANIA), which originates from a (...)

Italian Competition Authority The Italian Competition Authority fines a plastic supply chain consortium €27 million for abuse of dominant position in the recovery of pet plastic packaging (Corepla)

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ICA : sanction of €27 million to Corepla for abuse of dominant position in the recovery of pet plastic packaging* The Authority has found that the consortium has impeded competition and innovation in the services aimed at the recovery and recycling of pet bottles for food use The Competition (...)

Italian Competition Authority The Italian Competition Authority opens an investigation into abuse of dominance against a global search engine in the market for display advertising (Google)

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A542 - ICA : investigation opened against Google for an alleged abuse of dominant position in the Italian market for display advertising* The Authority questions the discriminatory use of the huge amount of data collected through its various applications, preventing rivals from competing (...)

Italian Competition Authority The Italian Competition Authority launches six investigations against some of the main operators at the global level in cloud computing services (Google / Apple / Dropbox)

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Antitrust : Investigations launched against Google, Apple and Dropbox for their cloud computing services* The proceedings relate to allegedly unfair commercial practices and the possible presence of unfair terms in the contractual conditions The Italian Competition Authority has launched six (...)

Italian Competition Authority The Italian Competition Authority welcomes the decision to annul the tendering procedure for the integrated management of the judicial documents notifications service (Prefecture of Rome)

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The Italian Competition Authority welcomes the decision of the Prefecture of Rome to annul the tendering procedure for the assignment of the service of integrated management of the notifications of judicial documents* The Authority had previously sent a reasoned opinion in which it noted that (...)

Italian Competition Authority The Italian Competition Authority opens investigation into excessive pricing and anticompetitive contractual conditions by a dominant ferry company (Caronte & Tourist)

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Antitrust : investigation launched against the ferry company Caronte & Tourist* The company is in a dominant position in passenger ferrying in the Strait of Messina The Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato has launched an investigation against the company Caronte & Tourist (...)

Italian Competition Authority The Italian Competition Authority launches an investigation on two giant tech companies for implementing a competition-restricting agreement (Apple / Amazon)

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ICA : investigation launched against Apple and Amazon for banning the sale of Apple- and Beats-branded products to retailers who do not join the official programme* Italian Competition Authority launched an investigation pursuant to Article 101 TFUE against the companies in the Apple Inc. and (...)

Italian Competition Authority The Italian Competition Authority clears a voluntary all-inclusive public exchange offer between banking groups, subject to higher structural remedies than originally offered (Ubi Banca / Intesa Sanpaolo)

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C12287 - ICA : acquisition of Ubi Banca by Intesa Sanpaolo authorised with conditions* The Italian Competition Authority authorised with conditions the acquisition of control of Ubi Banca S.p.A. by Intesa Sanpaolo S.p.A. (hereinafter also ‘ISP’) The Authority noted that the merger transaction, (...)

Italian Competition Authority The Italian Competition Authority provides feedback on the governmental report regarding the development of ultra-wideband fixed and mobile telecommunication infrastructure, with a view to promoting investment and competition

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S3904 - ICA : removing obstacles to the development of the ultra-wide bands. Report to Parliament, the Government, AGCOM and ANCI* At the meeting of the 1st July 2020, the Italian Competition Authority [Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato] decided to address a report to the (...)

Italian Competition Authority The Italian Competition Authority opens an investigation into an alleged anticompetitive agreement obstructing procurement of free films by film arenas (ANICA / ANEC / ANEC Lazio)

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I840 - ICA : launch of an investigation into Anica, Anec and Anec Lazio for obstructing the procurement of films, free of charge, by film arenas* The Authority launched an investigation into Associazione Nazionale Industrie Cinematografiche Audiovisive e Multimediali (ANICA), Associazione (...)

Italian Competition Authority The Italian Competition Authority investigates whether a current gas distribution concessionaire abused dominance to delay competitive bidding for the next concession (Italgas)

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ICA : investigation launched into Italgas to verify abusive practices in the tender for the gas distribution service in some municipalities in the province of Venice* The Authority has decided to launch an investigation to verify whether Italgas Reti Spa, the current operator under extension (...)

Italian Competition Authority The Italian Competition Authority allows cooperation among competing pharmacies in purchasing and selling surgical masks, and a common moratorium scheme for consumer credit among competing financial services providers, both as special measures allowed due to the COVID-19 pandemic

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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 (...)

Italian Competition Authority 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 pandemic

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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 (...)

Italian Competition Authority 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 COVID-19 to consumers residing in Europe (ContextLogic / Wish)

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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 (...)

Italian Competition Authority 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)

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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 (...)

Italian Competition Authority 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

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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 (...)

Italian Competition Authority The Italian Competition Authority opens an investigation against several shipping companies to assess an alleged agreement restricting competition in the market for the transport of flammable material and waste to and from the islands in the Gulf of Naples (Mediterranea Marittima / Servizi Marittimi Liberi Giuffré & Lauro / Medmar Navi / Tra.Spe.Mar / GML Trasporti Marittimi and Consorzio COTRASIR)

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ICA : investigation opened into an alleged anticompetitive agreement in the transport of fuel and waste to and from the Campanian Archipelago* On 14 January 2020, the Authority opened an investigation against the companies Mediterranea Marittima S.p.a., Servizi Marittimi Liberi Giuffré & (...)

Italian Competition Authority The Italian Competition Authority fines over €30 million the main companies in the private security sector for bid-rigging (Allsystem / Coopservice / Italpol / IVRI / Sicuritalia)

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I821 - ICA : tenders for security services. Fine of over 30 million euros for an agreement restricting competition* The Italian Antitrust Authority has closed an investigation finding an anticompetitive agreement between the main companies in the private security sector, Allsystem, (...)

Italian Competition Authority The Italian Competition Authority fines several companies having implemented two anticompetitive agreements in the market for corrugated cardboard sheets and in the market for corrugated cardboard packaging (Pro-Gest / Cartonstrong Italia / Ondulato Trevigiano / Ondulati Maranello...)

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ICA : corrugated cardboard, fines of over €287 million for the main manufacturing companies* On 17 July 2019, the Antitrust Authority concluded an investigation, finding that two separate agreements had been implemented to distort the competitive dynamics in the market for corrugated cardboard (...)

Italian Competition Authority The Italian Competition Authority fines several companies for bid-rigging in the context of tenders for the assignment of broadcasting rights of football matches in tournaments organized by the Italian football league (MP Silva / IMG / B4 Capital)

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ICA : agreement on tenders for the assignment of international rights to football on TV. MP Silva, IMG and B4 Capital fined 67 million Euros* On April 24 the Italian Competition Authority concluded an investigation, ascertaining a violation of art. 101, paragraph 1, of the Treaty on the (...)

Italian Competition Authority The Italian Competition Authority opens an investigation against several incumbent gas distribution operators suspected to have abused individually their dominance (Ireti / Italgas / 2i Rete Gas)

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Antitrust investigation against Ireti, Italgas Reti and 2i Rete Gas for an alleged abuse of dominant position in the distribution of gas* On 12 March 2019 the ICA (Italian Competition Authority) has opened an investigation to assess whether Ireti Spa, Italgas Reti Spa and 2i Rete Gas Spa - the (...)

Italian Competition Authority The Italian Competition Authority fines several automotive constructors for cartel agreements in the market of car sales through financing (Banca / Banque PSA / Santander Consumer Bank / BMW Bank)

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Car sales through financing : ICA sanctions cartel among leading operators imposing fines of over 670 million euros* On 20 December 2018, the Italian Competition Authority concluded an investigation launched against the leading captive banks and related automotive groups operating in Italy in (...)

Italian Competition Authority The Italian Competition Authority fines a social network €10 million for unfair commercial practices using its subscribers’ data for commercial purposes (Facebook)

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Facebook fined 10 million Euros by the ICA for unfair commercial practices for using its subscribers’ data for commercial purposes On 29 November 2018 the Italian Competition Authority (ICA), closed the investigation opened last April for alleged violations of the Consumer Code by Facebook (...)

Italian Competition Authority The Italian Competition Authority, in collaboration with 9 National Competition Authorities and the EU Commission, monitors the impact of the measures undertaken in the online hotel booking sector

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Monitoring launched in online hotel booking sector* Monitoring the impact of the new parity clauses in the contracts with online travel agencies by the Italian Competition Authority in partnership with 9 other National Competition Authorities The Italian Competition Authority (AGCM), in (...)

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