According to the press release issued on 6 December 2019, the Hungarian Competition Authority (GVH) imposed a fine of HUF 1.2 billion (EUR 3.6 million) on Facebook for misleading users by claiming its services were free.
The EU Commission has designed and made available a new IT tool to make easier and less burdensome the submission of statements and other documents to the Commission’s Directorate- General for Competition (“DG Comp”). The ‘eLeniency’ allows companies and their lawyers to file online, through DG Comp’s secure server, statements and submissions in relation to their leniency applications (e.g. reduction of fines). The system is based on voluntary use and documents can be submitted in any of the 24 official languages of the European Union.
As a result of the new Hungarian General Administrative Procedural Act and the Administrative Court Procedural Act applicable from 1 January 2018, the amendment of the Hungarian Competition Act has become necessary. The bill on the amendments is currently under administrative discussions.
The Hungarian Parliament has recently adopted an amendment to the Hungarian Competition Act and to the Hungarian Consumer Protection Act. The amendment implements the rules of Directive 2014/104/EU issued by the European Parliament and the Council, which includes the rules of the actions for damages arising from infringements of the competition law provisions.
The European Commission has recently presented a proposal for a new method for calculating dumping in imports from countries where there are significant market distortions, or where the state has significant influence on the economy.