The ALDE Group has today thrown its full support behind a report drafted by Ramon Tremosa i Balcells MEP for the European Parliament’s Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee, concerning the Annual Report on EU Competition Policy. The parliamentary report, which was adopted today by the Committee with strong cross-party support, recognises the growing workload of the European Commission’s DG Competition and the strong actions taken by Commissioner Vestager with regard big major Antitrust and State Aid cases such as Google, Apple, Amazon but also in the truck cartel case.
The latest report in the quantification of infringement study series, released today by the EUIPO, through the European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights, shows that EUR 2.4 billion is lost each year through counterfeiting in the tyre and battery sectors in the EU.
In three separate decisions, the European Commission has fined four maritime car carriers €395 million, two suppliers of spark plugs €76 million, and two suppliers of braking systems €75 million, for taking part in cartels, in breach of EU antitrust rules. All companies acknowledged their involvement in the cartels and agreed to settle the cases.
By the S&D group.
A summary of the debate with a focus on the Commission and representatives of the political groups is now available.
Second-hand cars traded across the EU have their odometer readings manipulated more frequently than those traded on national markets. Odometer fraud is difficult to track and leaves no trace. This incurs costs and creates challenges on the EU internal market. It can also impact EU road safety. Against this background, this European added value assessment identifies weaknesses in the existing EU legal system. Moreover, it outlines potential policy measures that could be taken at the EU level, and that could generate European added value through coordinated approaches and more harmonisation in this area.
European consumer authorities announced that Volkswagen committed to continue and speed up the repair, free of charge, of the remaining cars affected by the Dieselgate in 2018. This is a result from their joint letter sent last September to the CEO of Volkswagen, urging the group to swiftly repair all affected cars.
The agenda items include a Memoranda of Understanding on rail statistics with ERA and DG MOVE, a Consideration of draft report on Rail transport statistics (recast), presentations on the study ‘Odometer Tampering – Measures to Prevent It’, a Presentation by the Commission on the provisional application of the Transport Community Treaty and a Consideration of draft report on Safeguarding competition in air transport.