8th Sector Report Railways (2021): “Competition on the rail!“
Sector Report on German railway markets pursuant to Sec. 78 of the Railway Regulation Act, July 21, 2021
- The planned equity increase by the Federal Government in favour of the Deutsche Bahn Group may distort competition in the railway sector. It would be better to support rail infrastructure through investment grants or infrastructure cost subsidies.
- A competitive tender or concession model promotes competition in the "Deutschlandtakt" and can contribute to an increase in railway traffic.
- Digitalisation offers opportunities for the railway sector. Access to real-time mobility data will make competitive sales offers more attractive and would increase their use.
Policy Brief on the Digital Markets Act (DMA)
Policy Brief | Issue 8 | 06. July 2021
Today, the Monopolies Commission is presenting its eighth Policy Brief. In this Policy Brief, it addresses the European Commission's proposal for a Digital Markets Act (DMA).
- The addressees should be limited in a targeted manner by an ecosystem criterion in Art. 3 DMA.
- The behavioral obligations of data portability and interoperability should be applied consistently to core functions of core platform services.
- Self-preferencing in the form of default settings of core platform services within an ecosystem should be prohibited in Art. 5 DMA.
Webinar: The reform proposals in the EU regarding state capitalism and foreign state subsidies
Bonn, 9 November 2020
On December 4, the Monopolies Commission will host a half-day public webinar. The webinar will focus on third state subsidies and the current proposals for related instruments. In particular, the webinar will provide a forum to discuss the European Commission's White Paper on levelling the playing field as regards foreign subsidies, the instruments proposed in this White Paper and the modifications recommended by the Monopolies Commission, both from a political point of view and that of competition and trade experts.
Speakers will include representatives of the European Commission, the Monopolies Commission, the China Chamber of Commerce to the EU (CCCEU) and experts from Germany and major non-European jurisdictions.
+++ Zoom-Link to the event will be circulated to all registered attendees on December 2. +++