Spanish Competition Authority (Madrid)

Spanish Competition Authority

Spanish Competition Authority (Madrid)

The National Commission on Markets and Competition (CNMC in Spanish) is an entity that promotes and defends proper functioning of all markets, in the interest of consumers and businesses. It is a public entity with its own autonomous legal status. It is independent from Spain’s central government but is subject to parliamentary control. It began its operations on 7 October 2013.

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Spanish Competition Authority (Madrid)
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12707 Bulletin

Spanish Competition Authority The Spanish Competition Authority concludes its disciplinary proceedings against a company’s ATM network, and imposes on all its member entities several binding commitments and 3-year monitoring (Euro 6000)

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The CNMC concludes its disciplinary proceedings against EURO 6000* The CNMC investigated Euro 6000 over its alleged strategy of denying ING access to its ATM network under the same terms and conditions as other entities. The case was concluded through a “commitment decision”, a formula that (...)

Spanish Competition Authority The Spanish Competition Authority concludes the infringement proceedings against the main “majors” in film distribution and an audience measurement company for the exchange of commercially sensitive information (Paramount / Sony Pictures / Columbia Pictures / Walt Disney)

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The CNMC concludes the infringement proceedings against the main “majors” in film distribution and an audience measurement company* The companies under investigation have submitted a series of commitments that they are obliged to fulfill for five years. This formula, known as “termination by (...)

Spanish Competition Authority The Spanish Competition Authority imposes fines totaling €127 million for participation in a cartel that fraudulently divvied up at least 82 tenders in the railway sector (Alstom / Bombardier / Cafs / Cobra / Nokia...)

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The CNMC imposed fines of more than 127.8 million euros on the main security, signaling and communications systems companies of AVE’s medium-distance and commuter network in Spain.* For 15 years, these companies made up a cartel that divvied up tenders called for by Adif, with a value of more (...)

Spanish Competition Authority The Spanish Competition Authority authorizes two concentrations in the banking and insurance sectors related to a previously approved merger (Bankia / Caixabank)

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The CNMC has authorized two concentrations in phase 1 without commitments related to the CAIXABANK/BANKIA merger approved on 23 March 2021 (See Spanish Competition Authority, The Spanish Competition Authority clears a merger between the third and fourth-largest banks in the country subject to (...)

Spanish Competition Authority The Spanish Competition Authority resolves its penalty proceedings against an industrial equipment supplier for potential restrictions on passive sales and retail-price maintenance agreements (Maquinaria Garrido)

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The CNMC resolves its penalty proceedings against Maquinaria Garrido S.L. through traditional enforcement* With this type of remedy, the alleged offender offers certain binding conditions which, if accepted by the Commission, enables it to avoid paying a fine. The CNMC investigates the terms (...)

Spanish Competition Authority The Spanish Competition Authority imposes fines totaling €161.855 on four file and document management service companies for bid rigging (Bibliodoc Servicios Documentales / Pandora Gestión Documental / Libnova / Salomé Lendínez Ramírez)

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The CNMC imposes fines on several file and document management service companies for bid-rigging* These practices were conducted via several cartels between 2016 and 2019. Spain’s Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Development and the Reina Sofia National Art Centre were among the public (...)

Spanish Competition Authority The Spanish Competition Authority approves after a Phase II investigation the terms and conditions of a merger in the funeral services market (Santa Lucía / Funespaña)

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The CNMC approves the terms and conditions of Santa Lucía’s acquisition of virtually all the assets of Funespaña, Mapfre Group’s funeral plan provider* The transaction affects the funeral services and prepaid funeral plan sectors. Authorisation is contingent on compliance with four terms and (...)

Spanish Competition Authority The Spanish Competition Authority dismantles a cartel that altered the results of tenders for the maintenance and operation services of the State Road Network (Aceinsa / Alvac / Audeca / Api)

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The CNMC dismantles a cartel that altered the results of tenders for the maintenance and operation services of the State Road Network* The cartel, involving 12 companies, was awarded 71 of the 101 Ministry of Development tenders between 2014 and 2018.The sanctioned companies systematically (...)

Spanish Competition Authority The Spanish Competition Authority urges a national telecommunication company to modify its agreement with a global sports subscription video streaming service to be compatible with the commitments acquired in its takeover of a multichannel audio technologies firm (Telefonica / DTS)

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The CNMC urges Telefónica to modify its agreement with Dazn to be compatible with the commitments acquired in its take-over of DTS* In 2015, the Commission authorised the Telefónica/DTS take-over subject to a series of commitments related to pay television. The recent agreement between Telefónica (...)

Spanish Competition Authority The Spanish Competition Authority urges a telecommunication company to modify or clarify the terms of its commercial offer that includes the rental of "smartphones" (Telefónica / DTS)

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The CNMC urges Telefónica to modify or clarify the terms of the Fusión commercial offer that includes the rental of "smartphones" In 2015, the Commission authorised the concentration between Telefónica / DTS subject to a series of commitments related to pay television. Last April, Telefónica (...)

Spanish Competition Authority The Spanish Competition Authority approves with commitments the creation of a 50% joint venture between companies specialised in the mooring and unmooring businesses in the Port of Barcelona (Mooring & Port Services / Cemesa Amarres)

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The CNMC approves with commitments the creation of a 50% joint venture between Mooring & Port Services and Cemesa Amarres de Barcelona* The CNMC approves with commitments the creation of a 50% joint venture between Mooring & Port Services and Cemesa Amarres de Barcelona The merger (...)

Spanish Competition Authority The Spanish Competition Authority imposes a fine of 300 000 euros on a company for failing to notify the purchase of a funeral home (Albia Gestión de Servicios)

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The CNMC imposes a fine of 300,000 euros on Albia Gestión de Servicios, S.L.U, a subsidiary of the Santa Lucía group. The company failed to comply with its obligation to notify the CNMC of the purchase of the funeral home Tanatorios Móstoles, S.L. prior to the operation in 2019. This is a serious (...)

Spanish Competition Authority The Spanish Competition Authority calls on the national football federation to amend their proposal for commercializing the audiovisual rights of the new "Primera RFEF" category (RFEF)

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The CNMC calls on the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) to amend their proposal for commercialising the audiovisual rights of the new "Primera RFEF" category The document breaches several requirements set out in Royal Decree-Act 5/2015. It affects the commercialisation of the rights in (...)

Spanish Competition Authority The Spanish Competition Authority sanctions two cartels formed by multiple passenger transport companies in Cantabria (Anfersa Adaptado / Buses Benito / Autocares Mariano)

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The CNMC sanctions two cartels formed by passenger transport companies in Cantabria.* They affected passenger transport services by road in this autonomous community, both regular and discretionary, and especially school transport. The investigation of the cartels constitutes one of the CNMC’s (...)

Spanish Competition Authority The Spanish and Portuguese Competition Authorities carry out simultaneous investigations into possible market-sharing arrangements in the market for business information subscriptions

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CNMC and the Autoridad da Concorrência (AdC) carry out simultaneous investigations into possible anti-competitive practices in Spain and Portugal* The inspections concern companies that market subscriptions to databases with business information. Both authorities analyse possible market-sharing (...)

Spanish Competition Authority The Spanish Competition Authority initiates disciplinary proceedings against a funeral services provider for gun-jumping (Albia / Tanatoria Móstoles)

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The CNMC initiates disciplinary proceedings against Albia Gestión de Servicios, S.L.U., a subsidiary of the Santa Lucía group.* The company did not notify the CNMC of its purchase of the funeral services company Tanatoria Móstoles, S.L. before acquiring it in 2019. Companies that exceed certain (...)

Spanish Competition Authority The Spanish Competition Authority authorises the merger between two national foil packaging manufacturers submitted to conditions (Enoflex / Sparflex)

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The CNMC authorises Enoflex to acquire exclusive control of Sparflex with conditions* The companies primarily manufacture different types of packaging foil for, among others, cavas and sparkling wines. The purchase is cleared in the phase I, but subject to Enoflex making certain divestments in (...)

Spanish Competition Authority The Spanish Competition Authority agrees to a conventional settlement of the disciplinary proceedings for competition law infringement in the mooring and unmooring sector (Amarres de Algeciras)

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The CNMC settles the disciplinary proceedings against Amarres de Algeciras* It was investigating a sector agreement that could have restricted the freedom to hire of new mooring companies in the Port of Algeciras. The case is settled without a fine, since the conditions presented by the (...)

Spanish Competition Authority The Spanish Competition Authority fines two national pharmaceutical producers of PET radiopharmaceuticals for €5.76 million (Advanced Accelerator Applications / Novartis)

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The CNMC fines the two main pharmaceutical producers of PET radiopharmaceuticals in Spain for €5.76 million* Radiopharmaceuticals are used in nuclear medicine tests to detect and monitor diseases such as cancer. The companies formed a cartel that, for at least four years, allocated the (...)

Spanish Competition Authority The Spanish Competition Authority authorises global concession catering brand’s acquisition of multinational catering company subject to conditions (Areas / Autogrill)

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The CNMC authorises Areas’s acquisition of Autogrill subject to conditions* Areas agrees to release a total of five establishments by the end of 2021, through the early termination of the contracts on some premises or by not submitting an offer for those premises that are about to expire. It (...)

Spanish Competition Authority The Spanish Competition Authority includes a transport company in the proceedings initiated against several undertakings that maintain and operate the national highway network (Ferrovial Servicios)

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The CNMC includes Ferrovial Servicios in the disciplinary proceedings initiated against several companies that maintain and operate the national highway network* In 2019, the CNMC opened an investigation into some of the main companies in the sector for potential anti-trust practices. These (...)

Spanish Competition Authority The Spanish Competition Authority clears national chemicals company’ acquisition of paint and coating manufacturer with remedies (Pigments / Ferro)

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The CNMC clears Pigments’ acquisition of Ferro with remedies* The merger affects the ceramic tile sector, which has a long tradition in Spain and is a significant international economic activity. Before approving the purchase, the CNMC conducted a market test and paid special attention to the (...)

Spanish Competition Authority The Spanish Competition authority initiates proceedings against two pharmaceutical companies for abuse of dominant position ((Leadiant Biosciences SPA / Leadiant Biosciences LTD))

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The CNMC initiates disciplinary proceedings against Leadiant Biosciences Spa and Leadiant Biosciences LTD for alleged practices prohibited by the Antitrust Law It is investigating a potential abuse of their dominant market position in Spain involving the manufacture and supply of the drug (...)

Spanish Competition Authority The Spanish Competition Authority initiates proceedings against the Catalan National Assembly for the launch of an anticompetitive advertising campaign (Catalan National Assembly)

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The CNMC initiates disciplinary proceedings against the Catalan National Assembly.* It investigates potentially unfair practices involving the launch of the “Strategic Consumption” campaign. This campaign encourages consumers not to buy certain products for reasons unrelated to competition (...)

Spanish Competition Authority The Spanish Competition Authority opens an investigation against a company for an abuse of dominance in the market for accessing and connecting to the electricity transmission network (Enel)

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The CNMC investigates Enel Green Power, S.L. (Enel) and its parent company Endesa Generación, S.A. for alleged anticompetitive practices* It assesses Enel’s possible abuse of its dominant position as a company designated as a Single Node Interlocutor (IUN) in the market for accessing and (...)

Spanish Competition Authority The Spanish Competition Authority takes part in the EU Commission’s public consultation on competition policy and environmental sustainability targets

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The CNMC takes part in the European Commission’s public consultation on competition policy and environmental sustainability targets The CNMC includes the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as one of its key areas of activity. Competition policy contributes to the SDGs by stimulating (...)

Spanish Competition Authority The Spanish Competition Authority opens in-depth investigation into a merger involving two mooring and port services companies (S.L. / Cemesa Amarres de Barcelona)

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The CNMC will analyse in depth the merger involving Mooring & Port Services, S.L. and Cemesa Amarres de Barcelona* It consists of creating a joint venture, which will be the only provider of mooring services in the Port of Barcelona. The CNMC starts an in-depth investigation (Phase II), (...)

Spanish Competition Authority The Spanish Competition Authority initiates disciplinary proceedings against an industrial equipment supplier for alleged resale price maintenance and related restrictive practices (Maquinaria Garrido)

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The CNMC initiates disciplinary proceedings against Maquinaria Garrido S.L. for alleged practices prohibited by the Anti-Trust Law* It is investigating the possible restriction of passive sales by its official distributors outside its exclusive territory, and the possible fixing of resale (...)

Spanish Competition Authority The Spanish Competition Authority opens a formal investigation into an animal society for alleged abuse of dominance in dog certification and shows (Royal Canine Society of Spain)

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The CNMC opens a formal investigation into the Royal Canine Society of Spain for alleged antitrust practices* The conduct investigated sought to hinder and avoid competition with other official associations. It potentially affects the markets for certifying purebred dogs and providing judging (...)

Spanish Competition Authority The Spanish Competition Authority initiates disciplinary proceedings against a global oil company for possibly violating its obligation not to indirectly set the recommended retail price for independent station owners operating under its flag (Repsol)

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The CNMC initiates disciplinary proceedings against Repsol for a possible violation of the provisions in the resolutions of 30 July 2009 and 20 December 2013* The CNMC has initiated disciplinary proceedings against REPSOL Comercial de Productos Petrolifos, S.A. (Repsol) for a possible breach (...)

Spanish Competition Authority The Spanish Competition Authority sanctions the amendment of the 4th framework agreement on stowage, for restricting competition (ANESCO / CETM / UGT / CC.OO. / CIG / LAB / ELA)

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The CNMC sanctions the amendment of the 4th framework agreement on stowage, for restricting competition* The entities (a business association and six unions) established, as part of the Negotiating Commission of the 4th Framework Agreement on Stowage, the forced transfer - under non-objective, (...)

Spanish Competition Authority The Spanish Competition Authority fines 33 school transport companies and one association for creating a school transport cartel (School transport cartel / Asociación Navarra de Empresarios del Transporte por Carretera y Logística)

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The CNMC fines 33 school transport companies and one association for creating a school transport cartel in Navarre* The companies conspired to share the school transport by zones and deceive the School Board of the Government of Navarre, driving up the prices of the service for 8 years. The (...)

Spanish Competition Authority The Spanish Competition Authority investigates unauthorized merger operations and antitrust practices in the funeral insurance and funeral services sectors

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The CNMC investigates the possible execution of unauthorised mergers, as well as potential antitrust practices involving the funeral insurance and funeral services markets.* From 8 to 10 September, dawn raids were carried out at the headquarters of various companies active in the aboved (...)

Spanish Competition Authority The Spanish Competition Authority agrees to extend for 3 years the remedies agreed as part of the pay-TV merger authorisation in 2015 (Telefónica / DTS)

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The CNMC agrees to extend for three years the remedies agreed as part of the merger authorisation between Telefónica and DTS in 2015* All the remedies are maintained for the maximum period of three years, save for the one involving the purchase of exclusive broadcast rights in Spain for (...)

Spanish Competition Authority The Spanish Competition Authority receives over 500 complaints and inquiries in the mailbox set up specifically for individuals and companies during the COVID-19 pandemic

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The CNMC receives over 500 complaints and inquiries through the mailbox set up during the Covid-19 crisis* The CNMC receives over 500 complaints and inquiries through the mailbox set up during the Covid-19 crisis The financial sector (45%) and the health products and food sector (30%) (...)

Spanish Competition Authority The Spanish Competition Authority suspends most procedures in line with the Government’s Royal Decree declaring a state of alert but keeps open the e-services portal for procedures whose parties can prove that delay is against public interest

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CoVid-19- Announcement from the CNMC on the timelines for administrative procedures* "Additional provision 3 of Royal Decree 463/2020 of 14 March, declaring the state of alert to manage the health crisis situation caused by COVID-19, provides for the suspension of periods and timelines for (...)

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