Competition weekly news summary
Friday, September 10, 2010

Mergers

  • Commission accepts referral of proposed acquisition of Sara Lee's household insecticide unit by SC Johnson
    8 September 2010
    The Commission accepted a request by six EU Member States to assess under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of Sara Lee household insecticide business by SC Johnson. Originally, the transaction did not qualify for EU review because the merging parties do not meet the triggering turnover threshold, but the national competition authorities of Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Greece, Italy and Spain asked the Commission to examine the operation.
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State aid

  • Statement on Irish financial sector
    8 September 2010
    Vice President Almunia took note of the Irish government announcements on both, the proposed extension of the short term guarantee scheme for banks and on the future of Anglo Irish Bank.
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Court

  • Case T-359/04 British Aggregates e.a. / Commission
    9 September 2010
    The General Court ruled on an appeal by British Aggregates against a Commission decision of 7 May 2004 authorising under EU state aid rules certain reductions to the UK Aggregates Levy. The Court annulled the Commission's decision.
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  • Tomra / Commission
    9 September 2010
    The General Court ruled on an appeal against a Commission decision of 29 March 2006, that had fined Tomra for the abuse of a dominant position in the waste recycling sector. The General Court rejected the appeal and upheld the Commission decision.
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  • T-29/05 Deltafina / Commission
    8 September 2010
    The General Court ruled on an appeal against a Commission decision of 20 October 2004, that had fined Deltafina and others for operating a cartel in the Spanish raw tobacco market. The Court rejected the arguments relied on by Deltafina concerning the annulment of the decision and found, inter alia, that the infringement can be attributed to it in its entirety. The Court also reduced Deltafina's fine from around €12 million to around €6 million, because the Commissioh had not established that Deltafina acted as leader of the cartel.
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