The Spanish Antitrust Authority (Comisión Nacional de la Competencia – CNC) has imposed fines for almost 5 million euros on four elevator manufacturers and installers companies for hindering the business of competitors in the lift equipment maintenance market by employing unfair methods. With a decision on 11th September, the CNC imposed a fine of 2,845,362 euros to Zardoya Otis, of 1,892,690 euros to Schindler, of 103,533 euros to Eminter and of 25,732 euros to Imem.
These proceedings were opened in 2012 following a complaint from a property owners’ association and a competitor, Citylift, which led to the start of a confidential probe by the Investigations Division.
During the last week, the EC has presented the Annual Report on Barriers to trade and investment; the document evaluate the progress made in eliminating barriers and identifies the measures taken by the EC to allow European firms to access global markets. Specifically, the 2013 report showed that progress has been made to remove those barriers with adverse effects on trade and which have created, for instance, problems for access to China’s markets (logistics industry), India (telecommunications products and electronic goods) and Brazil (exceptions to the Common External Tariff – CET).
The European Commission has opened two public consultation on energy Efficiency and Retail Markets. The first consultation is open from 03/02/2014 to 28/04/2014 and will treat energy efficiency and target Public authorities, Member States authorities, private organisations, industry associations, SMEs, Consultancies, other relevant stakeholders and Citizens. The aim of this public consultation is to seek the opinions of all stakeholders on the issues related to energy efficiency policies and measures for 2020 and 2030. Particularly, the replies submitted to this consultation will provide an important input to the review of progress towards the 2020 energy efficiency target under Article 3(2) of the Energy Efficiency Directive 2012/27/EU.
On 20th and 21st February European Commission’s DG ENERGY, ENTR, and ENV jointly organised in Brussels a High Level International conference on Product Policy, focused on “International trends in Ecodesign and Energy Labelling.”
Consumers, European and International Industries, external partner and some SMEs took part in the discussion, bringing their experiences and suggestions.
Both Directives contribute to 2020 targets for energy-efficiency and greenhouse gas reductions, and more than 30 implementing regulation were adopted on their drive.
Nevertheless this regulatory framework is now under revision and there was a broad consensus among the panelist that more can still be done to improve the results in term of market and energy efficiency.