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  1. Legal news
    18 August 2020
    Competition vs. environment: City of Prague violated competition law in connection with the rules for parking hybrid vehicles
    www.twobirds.com/en/news/articles/2020/czech-republic/competition-vs-environment-city-of-prague-violated-competition-law

    The Czech Office for the Protection of Competition imposed a fine of a total amount of approx. EUR 40,000 on the City of Prague for anti-competitive parking conditions for certain hybrid vehicles in paid parking zones.

  2. Legal news
    14 April 2020
    State aid & the COVID-19 pandemic – Automotive sector
    www.twobirds.com/en/news/articles/2020/global/state-aid-and-the-covid-19-pandemic-automotive-sector

    Public safety measures, supply disruptions and the unprecedented dramatic decline in automotive markets as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak have forced OEMs to stop production in numerous Member States. Such decisions ...

  3. Legal news
    18 August 2020
    The Spanish Supreme Court overrides the restrictions imposed on ride-hailing services (¨VTCs¨)
    www.twobirds.com/en/news/articles/2020/spain/the-spanish-supreme-court-overrides-the-restrictions-imposed-on-ride-hailing-services

    The ongoing conflict between ride-hailing services (known in Spain as "VTCs"), such as Uber, and the taxi sector has led to a new ruling from the Spanish Supreme Court that confirms the view of the Spanish Competition ...

  4. Twobirds news
    05 September 2018
    Bird & Bird today boosts its International Automotive Group with the appointment of Lawrence Freeman as Senior Counsel in Brussels
    www.twobirds.com/en/news/press-releases/2018/belgium/bird-bird-boosts-its-international-automotive-group-with-the-appointment-of-lawrence-freeman

    Lawrence joins from Tesla Inc. where he spent the past five years as European Counsel. With nearly 25 years of experience as a competition and regulatory lawyer both in-house and in private practice, he advises on a ...

  5. Legal news
    06 July 2020
    Pon/NS: applying behavioural remedies to digital platforms in the context of a merger
    www.twobirds.com/en/news/articles/2020/netherlands/pon-ns-applying-behavioural-remedies-to-digital-platforms-in-the-context-of-a-merger

    On 20 May 2020 the Dutch competition authority (“ACM”) conditionally cleared a new joint venture between transport company Pon Netherlands B.V. (“Pon”) and Dutch rail operator NS Groep N.V. (“NS”) creating a Mobility as ...

  6. Legal news
    17 November 2020
    The Slovak Antimonopoly Office in 2019 and its plan for 2020
    www.twobirds.com/en/news/articles/2020/slovakia/the-slovak-antimonopoly-office-in-2019-and-its-plan-for-2020

    The Antimonopoly Office of the Slovak Republic has published its annual report, in which it evaluates and summarizes its activities in the past year.

  7. Legal news
    08 February 2019
    European Commission approves €36 million Polish investment aid to LG Chem's electric vehicles batteries plant
    www.twobirds.com/en/news/articles/2019/global/ec-approves-36-million-polish-investment-aid-to-lg-chems-electric-vehicles-batteries-plant

    The European Commission has cleared Poland's €36 million investment aid to LG Chem for a new electric vehicle batteries plant in the Dolnoślaskie region under the EU State aid rules.

  8. Legal news
    18 August 2020
    Publication of the new French merger control guidelines
    www.twobirds.com/en/news/articles/2020/france/publication-of-the-new-french-merger-control-guidelines

    The French Competition Authority (FCA) recently published its new merger control guidelines. The adoption of these new guidelines follows a series of public consultations and is part of the FCA’s efforts to simplify and ...

  9. Legal news
    11 July 2019
    New European vehicle CO2 emissions performance standards and opportunities for manufacturers of electric vehicles
    www.twobirds.com/en/news/articles/2019/global/new-european-vehicle-co2-emissions-performance-standards-and-opportunities-for-manufacturers

    Lawrence Freeman (Senior Counsel, Bird & Bird, Brussels and previously the European Counsel of Tesla, Inc.) reviews the new European vehicle CO2 emissions performance standards and the opportunities for manufacturers of ...

  10. Legal news
    24 June 2019
    Big Data & Issues & Opportunities: Looking beyond
    www.twobirds.com/en/news/articles/2019/global/big-data-and-issues-and-opportunities-looking-beyond

    In this concluding article of our series on "Big Data & Issues & Opportunities", we want to start looking beyond the issues and opportunities that were identified in the 17 articles that make up the series.