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Friday, January 22, 2010

Antitrust

  • Commission market tests commitments proposed by E.ON concerning German gas market
    22 January 2010
    The Commission is inviting comments from interested parties on the commitments offered by E.ON to meet concerns that it may have abused its dominant market position. The Commission's concerns relate in particular to the German gas transmission market, where competitors might have been prevented from getting access to the necessary infrastructure needed to supply customers within E.ON's network. A summary of the commitments has been published in the EU Official Journal 2010/C 16/42 and interested parties can submit comments. If the result of the market test is positive, the Commission will adopt a decision under Article 9 of Regulation 1/2003, making the commitments legally binding on E.ON.
    Previous announcement on commitments >
    OJ Summary of commitments >
    Full text of commitments >

Mergers

  • Commission approves German online-marketing joint venture
    22 January 2010
    The Commission has cleared the proposed creation of a joint venture between SevenOne Media, G+J Electronic Media Service, Tomorrow Focus Portal and IP Deutschland. The Commission concluded that the proposed concentration was unlikely to raise competition concerns given the parties' low market shares in online advertising and the presence of strong competitors like Google.
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  • Commission clears proposed acquisition of Varian by Agilent, subject to conditions
    21 January 2010
    The proposed transaction would bring together close competitors in the EEA Laboratory Gas Chromatography (Lab GC), micro/portable GC and Inductively Coupled Plasma-mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS) instrument markets and result in a combined entity with significant market shares. To remedy the concerns raised by the Commission in relation to each of these markets, Agilent and Varian have made the commitment to divest Agilent's entire global micro/portable GC instrument business, as well as Varian's entire global Lab GC, triple quad GC-MS and ICP-MS instrument businesses.
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  • Commission clears Oracle's proposed acquisition of Sun Microsystems
    21 January 2010
    The Commission's in-depth investigation showed that although MySQL and Oracle compete in certain parts of the database market, they are not close competitors in others, such as the high-end segment. The Commission found that another open source database, PostgreSQL, is considered by many users to be a credible alternative to MySQL and could be expected to replace to some extent the competitive force currently exerted by MySQL. In addition, the Commission found that 'forks' (branches of the MySQL code base) might also develop in future to exercise a competitive constraint on Oracle. The Commission also took into account Oracle's public announcement of 14 December 2009 of a series of pledges to customers, users and developers of MySQL concerning issues such as the continued release of future versions of MySQL.
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  • Commission clears proposed acquisition of Affiliated Computer Services by Xerox
    19 January 2010
    The Commission found that, in view of their different business focus, Xerox and ACS are not each others' most important competitors in any of the potentially relevant markets. Furthermore, the merged company will continue to face a large number of global and regional competitors.
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