Special Report by the Monopolies Commission pursuant to Sec. 78 of the Railway Regulation Act, Bonn, 3. August 2017

  • Deficits in competition in the railway sector continue to exist.
  • A competitive funding framework needs to be based on a thorough cost-benefit analysis of railway, road, air and water transport.
  • Monopolies Commission recommends to revise the railway regulation act.
  • In passenger transport, competition is hindered by the prevailing cooperation structures for common tariffs and ticket sales.

Special Report by the Monopolies Commission pursuant to Section 44(1)(4) ARC, 7 March 2017

  • The Monopolies Commission criticizes competition deficits in statutory and private health insurance, which reduce the efficiency of the health insurance system and burden the insureds with unnecessary cost.
  • The Monopolies Commission argues for more leeway for the health care management in statutory health insurance and advocates developing the risk adjustment scheme (Risikostrukturausgleich) further to eliminate distortions of competition.
  • The Monopolies Commission proposes a concept for rendering the change of private health insurance providers more attractive and recommends to facilitate the combination of tariffs whenever private insurers merge.

Biennial Report of the Monopolies Commission under § 44(1) ARC, 20 September 2016

The Monopolies Commission has submitted its twenty-first Biennial Report ('Hauptgutachten') pursuant to § 44(1) of the Act Against Restraints on Competition (ARC) to the Federal Minister of the Economy and Energy. The Report is entitled:

"XXIst Main Report – Competition 2016".

The subject matters of the Report encompass the following:

  • The analysis of company concentration and the competition authorities' decision practice, as provided by law;
  • The following additional subjects: the ministerial proposal for a 9th amendment to the German ARC, the regulation of airports, the central marketing of football broadcasting rights, and digital markets: the sharing economy and FinTechs.