On February 1, 2022, the ICA imposed a fine of approximately €10 million on G2 Misuratori S.r.l., Maddalena S.p.A., Itron Italia S.p.A., Sensus Italia S.r.l. and WaterTech S.p.A. (the “Companies”) for having participated, between December 2011 and September 2019, in an agreement restricting competition in at least 161 public tenders launched by national integrated water service operators for the procurement of meters for the legal measurement of water consumption.

On January 26, 2022, the Council of State confirmed on appeal the annulment by the TAR Lazio[1] of a decision in which the ICA found that Società Iniziative Editoriali S.p.A. (“SIE”), the publisher of L’Adige, the main daily newspaper in the area of Trento, abused its dominant position in the daily newspaper market in that geographic area (the “Decision”).

On January 26, 2022, the Council of State[1] upheld a TAR Lazio judgment rejecting an application brought by Società Green Network S.p.A. (“GN”)[2] for annulment of an ICA decision concerning an alleged violation of Article 102 TFEU (the “Decision”).[3]

By an order issued on January 18, 2022,[1] the Italian Supreme Court rejected as inadmissible an application lodged by Kuadra S.r.l. (“Kuadra”) for cassation of a ruling delivered in 2019 by the Council of State,[2] which upheld an ICA decision fining Kuadra for its participation in an alleged anticompetitive agreement aimed at altering the outcome of a public tender for cleaning and maintenance services (the “Decision”),[3] after the TAR Lazio had set it aside at first instance.[4]

On December 22, 2021, the German Federal Cartel Office (“FCO”) published its annual review for 2021.[1]  As done already on the occasion of the presentation of its Annual Report 2020/2021,[2] the FCO’s President, Andreas Mundt, emphasized again that the protection of competition in the digital economy remains one of the FCO’s top priorities.  He underlined that also merger control will continue to serve as a key tool to achieve this goal.  In addition, he pointed out that the FCO would welcome powers of intervention also with regard to infringements of consumer rights.

On December 9, 2021, Advocate General (“AG”) Rantos delivered his opinion on the questions referred to the Court of Justice (“ECJ”) by the Italian Consiglio di Stato in case Servizio Elettrico Nazionale.[1] The Consiglio di Stato is seeking clarification of certain aspects of the concept of “abuse” under Article 102 TFEU.

On November 22, 2021, the Regional Administrative Court of Latium (the “TAR Lazio”) rejected the application for annulment, lodged by the Italian Consortium for the Collection, Recycling and Recovery of Plastic Packaging (“COREPLA”), against the decision by which the ICA fined COREPLA in an amount in excess of €27 million, under Article 102 TFEU, for abusing its dominance in the Italian market for plastic waste recycling services (the “Decision”).[1]

On November 16, 2021, the Italian Competition Authority (the “ICA” or the “Authority”) imposed a fine of €134.5 million on Apple Inc. and certain of its subsidiaries (“Apple”) and a fine of €68.7 million on Amazon.com Inc. and certain of its subsidiaries (“Amazon”; together with Apple, the “Parties”) for restricting certain resellers of Apple products, including those of the Apple-owned brand Beats, from accessing the online marketplace of Amazon (“Amazon Marketplace”).[1]

On October 29, 2021, the ICA decided to close the investigation into an alleged abuse of dominant position by Husky Injection Molding Systems (“Husky”), without finding any infringement.[1] The ICA found that the evidence collected during the investigation did not allow it to confirm the allegations put forward at the beginning of the proceedings (the “Decision”).