Competition weekly news summary
Friday, June 24, 2011

Conferences and Speeches

  • Las claves de la política de competencia en la estrategia europea
    Jornadas Anuales de la CNC, Madrid, Joaquín Almunia
    21 June 2011
    ""Logically some interest groups feel threatened by an independent and proactive competition authority. It occurs both here in Spain with the CNC and at EU level with the European Commission. But the interests of few cannot trump those of the overwhelming majority; especially now that Spain and Europe need more than ever open and competitive markets to promote sustainable growth and quality jobs through innovation."
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Antitrust

  • Commission fines Telekomunikacja Polska €127 million for abuse of dominant position
    22 June 2011
    The Commission has imposed a fine of €127 554 194 on telecoms operator Telekomunikacja Polska for abusing its dominant position in the Polish market in breach of EU antitrust rules. As a dominant company TP is under an obligation to allow remunerated access to its network and wholesale broadband services in order to enable alternative suppliers to operate on downstream broadband markets. For over four years, Telecomunikacja Polska has refused such entry or made it very difficult.
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Mergers

  • Commission clears acquisition of a controlling stake in Behr by Mahle
    24 June 2011
    The Commission has cleared the proposed acquisition of joint control over Behr by Mahle, both German manufacturers of components for automotive vehicles. The Commission's investigation confirmed that the parties have moderate combined market shares and that a number of other credible suppliers remain in the market.
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  • Commission approves acquisition of internet retailer Redcoon by Media-Saturn
    24 June 2011
    The Commission has cleared the proposed acquisition of German internet electrical goods retailer Redcoon by Media-Saturn, of the Metro group that also distributes electric and electronic appliances through the Media Markt and Saturn shops. After examining the operation, the Commission concluded that the parties' market shares will remain moderate and that the merged entity will continue to face numerous competitors.
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  • Commission approves acquisition of Siteco by Osram
    23 June 2011
    The Commission has cleared the proposed acquisition of sole control of Siteco Lighting by Osram, both of Germany. The Commission's investigation confirmed that there would still be a number of competitors on the markets for light fixtures and their components.
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  • Commission clears acquisition of iSOFT by CSC
    21 June 2011
    The Commission has cleared the proposed acquisition of the Australian healthcare software supplier iSOFT by the US IT services provider Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC). After examining the operation, the Commission concluded that the integration of CSC and iSOFT would not significantly reduce competing IT service providers' access to healthcare software in particular in the UK, where the merging parties' market shares are the highest. iSOFT' competitors would also retain a sufficient customer base.
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State aid

  • Commission opens in-depth investigation into restructuring of SeaFrance
    22 June 2011
    The Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to examine whether a €223 million recapitalisation plan for SeaFrance by SNCF is compatible with EU state aid rules. The Commission will consider in particular whether the company can realistically become viable in the long term without public support and whether its participation in the restructuring costs is sufficient.
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  • Spring Scoreboard shows Member States spending more to boost Europe's competitiveness
    22 June 2011
    State aid to support expenditure in research, development and innovation has steadily increased in the last 10 years to support job creation and increase Europe's competitiveness. The European Commission's 2011 spring Scoreboard shows R&D&I State aid stood at 0.09% of GDP in 2009, against 0.05% in 2005. This year's spring Scoreboard focuses on support for achieving the Europe 2020 objectives through smart, sustainable and inclusive initiatives of general common interest.
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  • Commission consults on support to film sector
    20 June 2011
    The Commission has launched a public consultation as the first step of a review of the criteria used to apply EU state aid rules to Member States' financial support for making and distributing films. The Commission has published an issues paper identifying areas for reflection, such as competing to attract major film productions using state aid, and supporting activities other than production. The Commission invites interested parties to submit their comments by 30 September 2011.
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