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Comment: Google gets mixed signals on 'essential facilities' from EU's Lithuanian Railways case

By Nicholas Hirst and Lewis Crofts
  • 20 Nov 2020 03:36
  • 22 Nov 2020 19:15

Lithuanian Railways’ unsuccessful challenge to an EU antitrust sanction sheds light on when a powerful company’s property can be deemed so essential for rivals seeking to compete that it has to be shared.

The lessons are relevant to large tech platforms, which sometimes argue that EU investigators need to prove

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Nicholas Hirst

Chief Correspondent

Nicholas covers EU merger review and antitrust investigations for Mlex in Brussels. He previously wrote about EU affairs for Politico Europe, European Voice and PaRR. After earning an LLM in European law from the College of Europe in Bruges, he spent a year working in the competition practice of a leading competition law firm in Brussels 2009-10. He graduated in modern European languages from Oxford University in 2006.

Lewis Crofts


Lewis leads MLex's editorial strategy, content direction, quality and development. He has a reputation for breaking stories and providing analysis on complex legal disputes before regulators and courts around the globe. He has also developed MLex's unrivalled coverage of competition policy, litigation, regulation, Brexit and international investigations.

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