European Commission



EU opens investigation into proposed $2.1bn Google acquisition of Fitbit

The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to assess the proposed $2.1 billion acquisition of Fitbit by Google under the EU Merger Regulation.

Published 5 August 2020

European Commission opens two competition investigations into Apple

The European Commission has opened two formal competition investigations into Apple in relation to its App Store and Apple Pay.

Published 17 June 2020

Newly-elected European Commission president backs new rule of law mechanism

The newly-elected European Commission president, Ursula von der Leyen, has backed the introduction of a new EU-wide mechanism to guarantee the rule of law.

Published 17 July 2019

European Commission launches antitrust investigation into Amazon marketplace practices

The European Commission has announced the opening of a formal antitrust investigation into Amazon over its use of sensitive data from independent retailers who sell on its marketplace.

Published 17 July 2019

Media lawyers warn of unintended consequences of proposed EU ban on social media anonymity

Proposals backed by a senior European politician to ban anonymity on social media could have an adverse impact on people living under repressive regimes, media lawyers in Ireland have warned.

Published 20 May 2019

Frontrunner for European Commission president calls for financial penalties for rule of law violations

The frontrunner for next president of the European Commission has called for financial penalties for EU member states which fail to protect the rule of law.

Published 1 May 2019

Joanne Finn: Google “Ads” the cost of another fine – do competition regulators agree on digital markets?

Joanne Finn looks at the latest fine imposed on search giant Google and how such decisions are affecting market regulation.

Published 26 March 2019