For the first time the Italian Competition Authority applied the communication of April 24, 2020, on cooperation agreements in the context of the COVID-19 outbreak. The two cooperation projects concern the joint distribution of surgical masks and a common moratorium scheme on consumer lending.
Price gouging cannot constitute per se a breach of the Italian Consumer Code, but it may raise the standard of diligence to discharge firms’ information obligations and aggravate a separate misleading conduct
The COVID-19 outbreak is impacting the enforcement of antitrust and consumer protection rules in Italy and across the EU. Most affected rules range from those on State aid to control of concentrations, and those regarding anticompetitive agreements, abuse of dominance and unfair commercial practices.
Following the 18th CITES meeting of the Conference of the Parties (“CoP18”) of last August 2019, on 26th November 2019 New CITES Appendices and new suites of Resolutions and Decisions entered into force.