VHI has been given a deadline of May by which it must apply for authorisation from the Ce(...)

Competition commissioner Joaquín Almunia originally wanted a total ban on job grants to big employers. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Officials from IDA Ireland and the Department of Enterprise are engaged in a last-ditch l(...)

European Union Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said any mergers between telecoms companies would be assessed in terms of the impact on domestic markets rather than on a pan-European scale. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

Europe’s antitrust chief Joaquin Almunia, whose approval is required for Telefonica’s two merger deals in Germany and Ireland, said today that (...)

The EU antitrust chief has defended a deal with Google over how it displays web search results, saying there had been no gentlemen’s agreement to close the case. Photo: Bloomberg

The EU antitrust chief defended a deal with Google over how it displays web search results, following criticism from rival firms and his own c(...)

The European Commission has “not yet formed a view” that Ireland is giving special tax treatment to certain companies operating here, the European Commissioner for Competition Joaquín Almunia has told Fianna Fáil.

The European Commission has “not yet formed a view” that Ireland is giving special tax treatment to certain c(...)

European Union competition commissioner Joaquin Almunia speaks during a news conference at the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels today. Photo: Reuters

Google, the owner of the world’s largest search engine, reached a settlement to end the European Union’s three-year antitrust probe after it offered t(...)

Google’s latest proposal, its third after EU competition commissioner Joaquin Almunia rejected an earlier offer as unacceptable, is said to include commitments from Google on how it treats rivals and how it uses content from other providers in future.

Google and EU regulators are close to settling a three-year antitrust investigation into the company’s suspected anti-competitive behaviour after it o(...)

Real Madrid players train on the eve of their Champions League semi-final second leg soccer match against Borussia Dortmund, at the club’s training grounds outside Madrid last  April. Photograph: Susana Vera/Reuters

A three-pronged investigation will take place into alleged state aid for several La Liga clubs, including Real Madrid and Barcelona, the European Comm(...)

Recently appointed European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly (above) appears to have prompted action by EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia in relatio(...)

European competition commissioner Joaquín Almunia: expressed his concern at the “very reduced number of banks operating within the market”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Competition in banking or, more accurately, the lack of it is back on the agenda in another welcome sign that the economy is returning to an even keel(...)

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