Competition weekly news summary
Friday, June 5, 2009

Conferences and speeches

  • Polish shipyards: Gdansk, Gdynia and Szczecin
    Introductory remarks at VIP corner with Polish Treasury Minister Aleksander Grad, Brussels, Neelie Kroes
    2 June 2009
    "I am very happy and proud today to see that our common efforts of the Polish authorities and the Commission are finally leading to a positive outcome for these historically important shipyards. I am confident that this outcome will benefit not only the employees of the yard and Poland, but also the European economy and our sense of solidarity."
  • Review of Insurance Block Exemption Regulation
    Keynote speech at the Insurance Block Exemption Regulation Conference, Brussels, Neelie Kroes
    2 June 2009
    "But being serious again, a competitive environment in the insurance industry is crucial to European economic growth. If more people can get the types of insurance they need at fair prices, which is what competition helps to deliver then we are all better off."

Court

  • C-8/08 and Court's press release
    4 June 2009
    The Court ruled on a preliminary question on the interpretation of Article 81 EC-Treaty, referred by a Dutch Court. The Court found that a single meeting can, under certain circumstances, constitute a concerted practice in the meaning of Article 81 EC Treaty. It ruled furthermore, that national Courts had to apply the presumption, established in the Court's case law, that a causal connection exists between the concerted practice and the market conduct of the companies participating.

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