<dl id="yju5s"></dl>
  • <div id="yju5s"><s id="yju5s"></s></div>
    <div id="yju5s"></div>
    <dl id="yju5s"><ins id="yju5s"></ins></dl><sup id="yju5s"><menu id="yju5s"></menu></sup>
    ArrowArtboardCreated with Sketch.Title ChevronTitle ChevronEye IconIcon FacebookIcon LinkedinIcon Mail ContactPath LayerIcon MailMenu BurgerPositive ArrowIcon PrintIcon SearchSite TitleTitle ChevronIcon Twitter
    Companies

    Brussels takes action to ensure Hello Kitty can roam free across EU

    Antitrust enforcer fines Japanese owner of brand for preventing cross-border sales

    The European Commission has fined Hello Kitty owner Sanrio 6.2 million euros for illegally preventing licencees from selling products featuring the cartoon character across EU borders.    ? Reuters

    BRUSSELS (Financial Times) -- After years spent battling big tech companies and challenging multinational tax avoidance, the EU's antitrust enforcer has a new mission: making sure Hello Kitty can roam free across Europe's single market.

    Margrethe Vestager on Tuesday fined Japanese company Sanrio 6.2m euros for abusing its ownership of the popular cartoon character. The EU competition commissioner said companies that had bought licences to put the Hello Kitty brand on products such as bags and clothes had been illegally prevented from making cross-border sales in the bloc.

    The commission said Sanrio had banned licence holders from selling outside of their individual EU country, and had taken more indirect measures such as restricting the languages that could be used on the products. The commission said that the illegal curbs, which flout single market rules, were in place from 2008-18.

    Ms Vestager said that the decision "confirms that merchants who sell products under licence cannot be prevented from selling in another country".

    She added: "When consumers buy a Hello Kitty mug, or a Chococat toy, they can from now on fully reap the benefits of one of the main advantages of the single market."

    The decision is part of a broader probe by Brussels into cross-border licensing. The commission in March fined Nike 12.5m euros for illegal restrictions it imposed on licence holders that wanted to sell outside their home country. The antitrust enforcer is also investigating Universal Studios.

    The Brussels department has vowed to ramp up enforcement of single market rules in an era when online shopping has vastly increased the potential for cross-border commerce.

    Other actions it has taken include successfully pressuring Disneyland Paris to allow customers to decide which national website they wanted to buy their tickets from.

    Brussels said that Sanrio had fully co-operated with the investigation and had "explicitly recognised" the breaches of EU competition rules. This led the commission to reduce the fine by 40 per cent, leaving 6.2m euros to pay.

    Ms Vestager, a former Danish finance minister, has become one of Europe's most prominent politicians since becoming EU competition commissioner in 2014.

    Her time at the helm has been dominated by high-profile cases against US tech groups, including a ruling that Apple had received illegal tax breaks from the Irish government and a 997m euro fine against Qualcomm for abuse of market dominance.

    She is set to become one of two senior vice-presidents in the next European Commission, following a deal on top jobs that EU leaders reached last week.

    Sponsored Content

    About Sponsored Content This content was commissioned by Nikkei's Global Business Bureau.

    You have {{numberArticlesLeft}} free article{{numberArticlesLeft-plural}} left this monthThis is your last free article this month

    Stay ahead with our exclusives on Asia;
    the most dynamic market in the world.

    Stay ahead with our exclusives on Asia

    Get trusted insights from experts within Asia itself.

    Get trusted insights from experts
    within Asia itself.

    Get Unlimited access

    You have {{numberArticlesLeft}} free article{{numberArticlesLeft-plural}} left this month

    This is your last free article this month

    Stay ahead with our exclusives on Asia; the most
    dynamic market in the world
    .

    Get trusted insights from experts
    within Asia itself.

    Try 3 months for $9

    Offer ends June 30th

    Your trial period has expired

    You need a subscription to...

    • Read all stories with unlimited access
    • Use our mobile and tablet apps
    See all offers and subscribe

    Your full access to the Nikkei Asian Review has expired

    You need a subscription to:

    • Read all stories with unlimited access
    • Use our mobile and tablet apps
    See all offers
    NAR on print phone, device, and tablet media
    上海11选5爱彩乐
    <dl id="yju5s"></dl>
  • <div id="yju5s"><s id="yju5s"></s></div>
    <div id="yju5s"></div>
    <dl id="yju5s"><ins id="yju5s"></ins></dl><sup id="yju5s"><menu id="yju5s"></menu></sup>
    <dl id="yju5s"></dl>
  • <div id="yju5s"><s id="yju5s"></s></div>
    <div id="yju5s"></div>
    <dl id="yju5s"><ins id="yju5s"></ins></dl><sup id="yju5s"><menu id="yju5s"></menu></sup>
    武磊西班牙人赛程 五子棋水立方 pk10计划专家在线计划免费版 算命 生辰八字 幸运数字 猛龙vs国王 澳洲三分彩 捕鱼大富翁cdkey 点石成金之点化 乌迪内斯国米的恩怨 篮球巨星蔡徐坤段子