Biennial Report of the Monopolies Commission under § 44(1) ARC, 20 September 2016

The Monopolies Commission has submitted its twenty-first Biennial Report ('Hauptgutachten') pursuant to § 44(1) of the Act Against Restraints on Competition (ARC) to the Federal Minister of the Economy and Energy. The Report is entitled:

"XXIst Main Report – Competition 2016".

The subject matters of the Report encompass the following:

  • The analysis of company concentration and the competition authorities' decision practice, as provided by law;
  • The following additional subjects: the ministerial proposal for a 9th amendment to the German ARC, the regulation of airports, the central marketing of football broadcasting rights, and digital markets: the sharing economy and FinTechs.

Press Release, Bonn, 14 July 2016

The Federal President has appointed Prof. Dr. Jürgen Kühling, LL.M. as member of the Monopolies Commission for a term from 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2020. Dagmar Kollmann and Dr. Angelika Westerwelle, both entrepreneurs and supervisory board members, were appointed for another term. Dagmar Kollmann has been a Member of the Monopolies Commission since 1 January 2012, and Dr. Angelika Westerwelle since 1 July 2008.

Press Release, Bonn, 22 March 2016

The Monopolies Commission has unanimously elected Professor Achim Wambach as the new Chairman of the Monopolies Commission. Achim Wambach has been member of the Monopolies Commission since 1st July 2014. According to § 45 para. 1 sent. 2 of the German Act against Restraints of Competition, the Monopolies Commission elects a chair from among its members. The election of a new chair became necessary after the resignation of the previous Chairman, Professor Daniel Zimmer. Professor Zimmer had justified his decision with the ministerial authorization of the merger between Edeka and Kaiser’s Tengelmann.