Competition weekly news summary
Friday, February 11, 2011

Conferences and Speeches

  • "Taking stock and looking forward: a year at the helm of EU competition"
    Revue Concurrences conference: “New Frontiers of Antitrust 2011”, Paris, Joaquín Almunia
    11 February 2011
    "Some argue that we should take into account the difficult economic times and be more lenient. I cannot agree with this. These are difficult times for everyone; why should we allow cartels or State subsidies that would make life easier for few and more difficult for everyone else?"
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Mergers

  • Commission clears Prysmian's proposed acquisition of rival cable maker Draka Holding
    9 February 2011
    The Commission's investigation has shown that the merged entity will continue to face effective competition in the production of optical fibre cables and general wiring despite becoming the European leader in the markets concerned.
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State aid

  • Commission opens formal investigation into proposed Polish aid to Fiat Powertrain
    9 February 2011
    The Commission opened a formal investigation into Polish plans to grant aid to Fiat for the production of new generation engines in the Silesia region. At this stage, the Commission has doubts that the aid meets the EU guidelines on aid to large investment projects in relation to the market shares and production capacities of the Fiat Group.
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Court

  • C-260/09 Activision Blizzard / Commission
    3 February 2011
    The Court of Justice ruled on an appeal by Activision Blizzard against a General Court judgment that had upheld a Commisison decision of 2002, finding that the applicant had participated in trade restrictions in the video games market in violation of EU antitrust rules. The Court dismissed the appeal and confirmed, in particular, that the documents the Commission had relied upon constituted sufficient evidence.
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    Read full General Court judgment under appeal >
    Read more about initial Commission decision >

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