Competition weekly news summary
Friday, January 21, 2011

Conferences and Speeches

  • How competition policy contributes to competitiveness and social cohesion
    Europa 2011 - Regulação e Competitividade, Lisbon, Joaquín Almunia
    14 January 2011
    "The belief that protecting our businesses – especially from non-European companies – can make them more competitive is plain wrong and ultimately dangerous for our economy."
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Antitrust

  • Commission confirms unannounced inspections in the truck sector
    18 January 2011
    The Commission confirmed unannounced inspections in several Member States at the premises of companies active in the truck industry.
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  • Commission launches second monitoring exercise of patent settlements in pharma sector
    17 January 2011
    The Commission has addressed information requests to selected pharmaceutical companies, asking them to submit copies of their patent settlement agreements concluded in the EEA in 2010 between originator and generic companies.
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Mergers

  • Commission approves acquisition of general insurance and reinsurance group Brit Insurance by private equity investment funds CVC and Apollo
    20 January 2011
    The Commission's investigation showed that the proposed transaction does not raise any competition concerns because of the very small horizontal overlaps and vertical relationships between the parties' activities.
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  • Commission approves acquisition of automotive seat structure manufacturer CRH by automotive supplier Johnson Controls
    14 January 2011
    The Commission investigated the market and concluded that the relatively moderate combined market shares, the effective buyer power on the part of car manufacturers and the presence of credible alternative suppliers and customers would guarantee a fair competition on the market.
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  • Commission clears proposed takeover of German construction company Hochtief by ACS of Spain
    14 January 2011
    The Commission’s investigation showed that the activities of Hochtief and ACS are largely complementary in that the firms essentially operate in different countries.
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State aid

  • Commission approves record amount of state aid for the deployment of broadband networks in 2010
    20 January 2011
    In 2010, the Commission has approved the use of over €1.8 billion of public funding for broadband development to support economic recovery, inclusive growth and the long term competitiveness of the EU.
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