Competition law applies horizontally in all sectors, in addition to sector-specific regulation. Antitrust and merger control cases abound in the telecoms and media sectors, with significant cases also occurring in the postal sector. In addition, the rise of the data economy is challenging traditional approaches to assess market power.
Cullen International’s cross-sectoral Competition Law service tracks and analyses all of these developments, allowing you to prepare for the business risks and commercial opportunities presented by antitrust and merger control rules. Our English language database of unbiased national and EU case summaries is organised around ten categories of cases: eight covering different forms of abuse of dominance, plus those covering restrictive agreements and mergers.
This is the last of ten cases that we share from each of these categories from our unique Competition Law database over the past ten weeks. We trust you find our case selection interesting!
Case 10: Refusal to supply
Our tenth and final case (in the refusal to deal category) illustrates how a vertically integrated incumbent operator cannot protect its (liberalised) retail business from competition by denying access to an essential wholesale input that it controls.
In this case, the Spanish postal incumbent refused without any objective justification to deliver administrative notifications injected into its network by alternative postal operators, effectively preventing them from winning contracts from public administrations.
14 November 18
New benchmark on obligations/quotas to promote children's programmes in Europe
Our new benchmark shows if commercial broadcasters and public service broadcasters are subject to requirements on the promotion of programmes or channels aimed at children.
12 November 18
Our coverage of Central American and Caribbean countries is increasing with Cuba and Guatemala
Cullen International’s Americas Telecoms Country Profiles provide the key facts about the telecoms sector, including the main policy priorities, in 20 countries in the region - now also covering Cuba and Guatemala.
08 November 18
New benchmark on taxation of online platforms in Europe
This new benchmark looks at whether EU member states have proposed or adopted specific taxes on digital services.