On August 2, 2017, the Spanish Competition authority (Comisión Nacional de los Mercados y la Competencia or “CNMC”) made public its annual report for 2016. The report shows that the CNMC imposed a total of €227 million in fines in 15 different decisions into a variety of anticompetitive practices.
The potential anticompetitive impact of the automation of decision-making has become a topic of great interest in recent times. Self-learning pricing algorithms are focusing the agenda from the European competition authorities due to two potential harmful effects on business conduct: price discrimination and collusive practices. It is precisely the second effect that is generating greater uncertainty and debate. One of the key questions is whether it is possible to design a fully-autonomous software capable of colluding without any explicit human intervention and contact between competitors.
En una sentencia de 20 de abril de 2017, la Audiencia Nacional ha clarificado la aplicación del artículo 63.2 de la Ley 15/2007, de Defensa de la Competencia (LDC), que habilita a la CNMC a imponer individuales sanciones a directivos de compañías infractoras del derecho de la competencia.
On June 8, 2017, the Spanish National Commission for Markets and Competition (Comisión Nacional de los Mercados y la Competencia, or CNMC) imposed a fine of €1.74 million on Nokia Solutions and Networks Spain, S.L. (Nokia).