Competition weekly news summary
Friday, March 5, 2010

Antitrust

  • Commission welcomes Microsoft's roll-out of web browser choice
    2 March 2010
    From the beginning of March, users of Windows PCs who have Internet Explorer as default web browser are being provided with a browser Choice Screen, designed to give them an effective and unbiased choice between their default and competing web browsers. This should ensure competition on the merits and allow consumers to benefit from technical developments and innovation both on the web browser market and on related markets, such as web-based applications.
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  • Commission sends Statement of Objections to Telekomunikacja Polska S.A.
    1 March 2010
    The Statement of Objections outlines the Commission's preliminary view that the Polish telecoms incumbent operator has abused its dominant position by refusing to supply remunerated access to its wholesale broadband services.
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Mergers

  • Merger between UK subsidiaries of France Telecom and Deutsche Telekom
    1 March 2010
    The Commission has cleared the proposed merger of Orange UK and T-Mobile UK. The decision is conditional upon the amendment of an existing network sharing agreement with Hutchison 3G UK (3UK) and the divestiture of a quarter of the parties' combined spectrums in the 1800 MHz band. In light of these commitments, the Commission concluded that the transaction would not raise competition concerns.
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State aid

  • Commission approves restructuring plan for Dexia
    26 February 2010
    The Commission approved aid granted by Belgium, France and Luxembourg for the restructuring of Dexia. The approval is subject to Dexia meeting a number of conditions, including predefined liquidity ratios, and implementing the structural and behavioural measures notified to the Commission.
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Court

  • T-136/05 Bundesverband deutscher Banken / Commission
    3 March 2010
    The General Court ruled on an appeal by the German banking association against two Commission decisions of October 2004 and September 2005 concerning asset transfers to Landesbank Hessen Thüringen (Helaba). The GC entirely dismissed the appeal and confirmed the Commission's methodology for assessing the investment of the Land Hesse.
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  • T-102/07 Freistaat Sachsen / Commission
    3 March 2010
    The General Court ruled on appeals against a Commission decision of 25 January 2007, that had found silent participations and guarantees for companies of the Biria group to be incompatible with EU state aid rules. The court confirmed the findings of the Commission decision. However, the Court annulled the decision because it considered the reasoning on the calculation of the aid element to be insufficient.
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