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This deal would lead to the combination of a leading crop protection company with one of its main generic competitors. Therefore we need to carefully assess whether the proposed merger would lead to higher prices or a reduced choice for farmers.
We are not taking any decisions yet.
And our rules on state aid have the same goal: they make sure public support doesn't take the place of private investment and that it does not give unfair benefits to some.
Financial markets provide an essential function for the European economy. We must ensure that market participants continue to have access to financial market infrastructure on competitive terms.
But as our German colleagues rightly point out, even if Facebook has broken those rules, that doesn't automatically mean that it has also broken the competition rules as well.
The German authority is concerned that Facebook may have forced its users to accept privacy terms that aren't in line with the data protection rules.
I don't think the courts will hear any kind of political opinions or feelings or what's in your stomach or whatever. They want the facts of the case.
If the U.S. tax authority found that the monies paid due to the cost-sharing agreement were too few ... so that they should pay more in the cost-sharing agreement, that would transfer more money to the States and that may change the books and the accounts in the States.
Taxes have been paid nowhere due to the Irish tax code.
I'm particularly happy about the solution because it structurally ... solves all the concerns we have. It allows Iliad to come in, in a transition period, while they start to invest. So you have a merger, you have a new entrant, and you have investment in networks that everyone wants.
No, I will not. This is a decision based on the facts of the case.
This is a decision based on the facts of the case.
Ireland granted illegal tax benefits to Apple, which enabled it to pay substantially less tax than other businesses over many years.
This is not a penalty, this is unpaid taxes being paid.
Retroactivity would imply that we have changed rules. No rules have changed. This is a question of unpaid taxes and that is a completely different thing. And I think it is important for us to do what we are obliged to do, to make sure that we have fair competition in Europe and that no individual company can have selective benefits.
The livelihood of farmers depends on access to seeds and crop protection at competitive prices. We need to make sure that the proposed merger does not lead to higher prices or less innovation for these products.
The prodcuers discussed their envisaged gross list prices increases for medium and heavy trucks. Simply speaking, these gross list prices are the basis for the prices in the truck industry. what the truck producers did was to coordinate with each other on increasing this gross list price of trucks.
The rules say if there is risk (to) financial stability, then there are exceptions for burden sharing and bail-in.
Dominance is not a problem on the EU law, you can be big, but however it is illegal to abuse a powerful market position by restricting competition either in the market where the company is dominant or in any neighbouring market.
It was therefore very important that AB InBev's takeover of SABMiller did not reduce competition on European beer markets.
In this case, based on the Commission's in-depth analysis, the transaction raised competition concerns on a very large number of markets related to oilfield services provided to oil and gas exploration and production companies in the EEA. In this regard, a number of customers contacted us to raise issues with the proposed transaction.
Based on our investigation thus far, we believe that Google's behaviour denies consumers a wider choice of mobile apps and services and stands in the way of innovation by other players.
It paves the way for a privatised, viable business to emerge from the sale process.
The split and sale solution, as I already outlined in agreement with the German authorities in October, created an opportunity to sell an important part of the bank.
I don't really know what is a tax haven is. To me a tax haven is a place where everyone pay their share. In that respect I am not quite sure we are in a tax haven yet, but we are trying, actually we are doing our best.
National tax authorities cannot give any company, however large, however powerful an unfair competitive advantage compared to others. This scheme puts smaller competitors at an unfair disadvantage.
So there are not only some companies, but all companies actually contribute. And looking forward and working with the parliament and with the member states I think we can achieve that.
This is the first analysis and then maybe we will look into opening cases.
Many customers use electronic devices such as a mobile phone or a tablet and we want to ensure that they ultimately get value for money.
And hopefully the one thing that they have in common is that they are competition cases, built on fact, interpretation of facts, and evidence.
Gazprom has used its dominance in (the) supply of gas to obtain unrelated commitments from customers concerning the gas infrastructure.
We find that it (Gazprom) may have built artificial barriers preventing gas from flowing from certain Central Eastern European countries to others, hindering cross-border competition.
Keeping national gas markets separate also allowed Gazprom to charge prices that we at this stage consider to be unfair.
I want to make sure the markets in this area can flourish without anticompetitive constraints imposed by any company.
It's a different market.
I am concerned that the company has given an unfair advantage to its own comparison shopping service, in breach of EU antitrust rules.
On the basis of our initial investigation the (European) Commission also today have launched a formal in-depth investigation of Google's conduct as regards to mobile operating system Android, apps and services. My goal is to ensure that consumers and innovative companies can benefit from a competitive environment in Europe.
The purpose of double taxation treaties between countries is to avoid double taxation – not to justify double non-taxation.
Certain multinationals end up paying taxes only a part of their taxable profits in Belgium without being justified under taxation principles.