• The European Commission has announced that the competition authorities of Sweden, Italy and France have accepted commitments offered by Booking.com in relation to so-called parity clauses contained in Booking.com's agreements with hotels. The parity clauses oblige hotels to offer Booking.com the same or lower room prices as the hotel makes available on all other online and offline distribution channels. The three competition authorities had concerns that these clauses may restrict competition between Booking.com and other online travel agents and hinder new booking platforms from entering the market. The final commitments will be implemented as of 1 July 2015 in Sweden, Italy and France and will, amongst other things, allow hotels to offer lower room prices on other online hotel booking websites. The European Commission assisted the three authorities in coordinating the investigations.  Click here.
  • The European Commission has confirmed that, on 24 March 2015, Commission officials carried out an unannounced inspection in Spain at the premises of a company active in the production, distribution and trading of ethanol, a biofuel.  It follows inspections that the Commission and the EFTA Surveillance Authority undertook in May 2013 in the crude oil, refined oil products and biofuel sectors and inspections that the Commission undertook in October 2014 in the biofuel sector.  Click here.
  • The European Commission has confirmed that, on 24 March 2015, Commission officials undertook unannounced inspections at the premises of companies active in the production or trading of bioethanol.  The Commission has concerns that the companies may have breached Article 101.  Click here.