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Iuliana Zlatcu, Senior Consultant - Competition Economics, participates in the annual conference of the Association of Economics and Competition (ACE) hosted by the University of Bologna. Most relevant cases will be discussed, such as Qualcomm merger, Google's dominant position abuse for operating smartphones, European collusion cases and also an interesting case of excessive drug prices in Italy.

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Commission carries out unannounced inspections in the wood pulp sector

On 12 October 2021, the European Commission is conducting unannounced inspections in locations in several Member States at the premises of companies active in the wood pulp sector.

The Commission has concerns that the inspected companies may have violated EU antitrust rules that prohibit cartels and restrictive business practices (Article 101 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union). The Commission officials were accompanied by their counterparts from the relevant national competition authorities.

Wood pulp is a dry fibrous material made from wood, which is used to manufacture different paper products (tissue, writing paper, paperboard, etc.).

Effects on the competition of BigData platforms 

BD influences the activity of undertakings, which are forced to reconsider their organization and business processes taking into account the available data that could be transformed into a competitive advantage in the new information-based market. On the one hand, BD technologies helps companies to increase their productivity and their operational and transactional efficiency, allows public administrations to improve their efficiency in managing the respective areas of interest, helps global organizations in analyzing information for strategic planning. On the other hand, these technologies can raise competition concerns by changing the market dynamics, creating new market entry barriers, thus giving players already present on the market a competitive advantage, while increasing the risk of possible abuses of dominant position.