On 23 December 2021, the Austrian Federal Competition Authority (Bundeswettbewerbsbehörde, "BWB") and the German Federal Cartel Office (Bundeskartellamt, "BKartA") published their revised joint guidance on the application of their respective transaction value thresholds for mandatory merger notifications ("Guidelines")
The Federal Act on the Improvement of Local Sup-ply and Competition Conditions (new abbreviated title: "FWBG") has been in force since 1 January 2022.
The government bill of the Cartel and Competition Law Amendment Act 2021 ("KaWeRÄG") was passed in the National Council on 8 July 2021. From a merger control point of view, a significant change is the introduction of a "second domestic turnover threshold".
On 8 October, the first D-A-CH Competition Law Conference (D-A-CH Kartellrechtsforum) will discuss „Relative Dominance – Open questions and developments“ via Zoom.
The Whistleblower Directive (Directive (EU) 2019/1937) was adopted by the Council of the European Union in October 2019 and entered into force on 16 December 2019. The (minimum) standards must now be implemented in the Member States by no later than 17 December 2021 (the legislative process is still pending in Austria).
The Austrian Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs has released the draft of the new Investment Control Act ("Investitionskontrollgesetz") ("ICA") for evaluation. The draft will likely undergo changes throughout the legislative process.