02 June 2021
BEUC joins European Commission investigation into Apple for distorting competition in music streaming
BEUC has just joined the European Commission’s antitrust investigation into Apple using its App Store rules to distort competition for music streaming services in the EU’s Single Market.
30 April 2021
BEUC welcomes EU Commission’s formal charges against Apple for distorting competition in music streaming
BEUC welcomes the European Commission’s decision to file formal charges against Apple for using its App Store rules to distort competition for music streaming services in the EU’s Single Market. The Commission’s preliminary view is that in doing so, Apple has broken EU antitrust rules, restricting consumers’ choice of services at competitive prices. The charges – filed today – follow an in-depth investigation opened by the Commission in June 2020.
10 February 2021
BEUC welcomes today’s European Commission decision that renders legally binding commitments by pharma company Aspen to reduce significantly the prices of certain anti-cancer drugs (by on average 73% in Europe for the next 10 years). The decision follows a Commission antitrust investigation opened in May 2017 into whether Aspen breached EU antitrust rules’ ban on dominant companies imposing unfair prices.
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When competition can thrive on fair and open markets, companies have the incentives to invest, innovate, and come up with new and better products and services for consumers. Under such fair market conditions, consumers benefit from the best price, innovation and choice and companies can contribute to job creation, sustainable economic growth and fairer societies.
Because consumer organisations have their fingers on the pulse of markets they can provide essential insights into their functioning and people’s expectations. That is why consumer organisations can give valuable input to competition authorities when they investigate mergers and antitrust cases or to alert them when markets are not performing as consumers expect.
BEUC has been and continues to be involved in a number of important and high-profile antitrust cases: Google Search (Shopping) and Google Android cases, Aspen Pharma on excessive pricing of pharmaceuticals and the geo-blocking cross-border pay-TV case to name a few. We also ensure the European Commission takes into account the consumer perspective in mergers concerning consumer products and services. BEUC actively engages with EU policy makers when the competition framework is being updated or when policy changes might impact competition in the market.
- The European Commission and national competition authorities prioritise consumer interests when organising their future work.
- Authorities ensure consumer interests are upheld when they enforce EU competition rules.
- Competition authorities engage with consumer organisations more systematically.
- The EU updates its competition instruments to face the challenges to our societies posed by the digitisation of our markets and the ongoing climate crisis.