Competition weekly news summary
Friday, January 28, 2011

Antitrust

  • Commission probes certain co-operation agreements between Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines and between Brussels Airlines and TAP Air Portugal
    11 February 2011
    The Commission has opened two own initiative investigations, to verify whether code-share agreements between, in one case, Deutsche Lufthansa and Turkish Airlines and, in the second case, TAP Portugal and Brussels Airlines, are in breach of EU antitrust rules. While code-share agreements can provide substantial benefits to passengers, some types of such agreements may produce anti-competitive effects. The investigations focus on a particular type of code sharing arrangement where these airlines have agreed to sell seats on each others' flights on routes where both companies already operate their own flights between their own hubs ("parallel hub-to-hub code-sharing") and should, in principle, be competing with each other.
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Mergers

  • Commission clears proposed acquisition of Arriva Deutschland by Ferrovie dello Stato and Cube
    16 February 2011
    In August 2010, the Commission cleared Deutsche Bahn's acquisition of the Arriva group, subject to the divestment of Arriva's entire rail and bus business in Germany. The Commission has now accepted FS and Cube as buyer of Arriva Deutschland. This transaction was examined under the simplified merger review procedure because the parties' activities overlap only marginally and their combined market share in the relevant markets is below 15%.
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State aid

  • Statement by Commission Vice President and Competition Commissioner Joaquín Almunia on WestLB
    16 February 2011
    The Commission has received Germany's proposals for the restructuring of Westdeutsche Landesbank.
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Court

  • C-52/09 Konkurrensverket / TeliaSonera AB
    17 February 2011
    The Court of Justice ruled on several preliminary questions from a Swedish Court on the interpretation of Article 102 of the TFEU. The Court made a number of clarifications to the case law on margin squeeze.
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