Biennial Report of the Monopolies Commission under ยง 44(1) ARC, 3 July 2018

Monopolies Commission: Digital change requires legal adjustments regarding price algorithms, the media sector and the supply of medicines

Digitalisation is irreversibly advancing in many areas of the economy. Prices are increasingly set on the basis of algorithms. Streaming services and video portals such as Netflix and YouTube are gaining in popularity and are replacing traditional television more and more. In the supply of medicines, the mail order business increasingly supplements the services of brick and mortar pharmacies. The resulting structural change should be shaped for the benefit of consumers, with fair rules for traditional and new suppliers. In its Biennial Report 2018, the Monopolies Commission therefore recommends adapting the legal framework to the digital change. Today the Monopolies Commission presented its Report to the Federal Minister of Economic Affairs and Energy, Peter Altmaier.

Special Report of the Monopolies Commission pursuant to Section 44 para. 1 sentence 4 GWB, 29 May 2018

  • Monopolies Commission recommends abolishing the statutory rules on fixed book prices.

Special Report pursuant to Sec. 44 of the Postal Services Act, Bonn, 4 December 2017

  • The Monopolies Commission notes almost no progress, even twenty years after the entry into force of the Postal Act, in the development of competition on the letter markets.
  • The Monopolies Commission deems the creation of equal competitive conditions on the postal markets and the extension of the powers of the Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur) as urgently necessary preconditions for effective competition.
  • The Monopolies Commission recommends a reform of the national regulatory framework and an examination of the agreements of international postal organisations.