Competition weekly news summary
Friday, September 16, 2011

Conferences and speeches

  • New challenges in mergers and antitrust
    IBA annual competition conference, Florence, Joaquín Almunia
    16 September 2011
    "I want to assure you that the Commission is determined to defend its leniency programme and the programmes of our ECN partners. And I have no doubt that we will find the right balance between protecting the effectiveness of our cartel enforcement and allowing the victims of a cartel to pursue their legitimate quest for damages."
    Read full speech >
  • State aid control as a resolution tool in the EU
    The Eurofi Financial Forum 2011, Wroclaw, Joaquín Almunia
    15 September 2011
    "The situation we have been facing over the last few weeks calls for an extension of the existing State aid crisis regime for financial institutions beyond 2011. This is what I will propose to the College of Commissioners."
    Read full speech >


  • C-544/09 Germany / Commission (DVB-T Berlin Brandenburg case)
    15 September 2011
    The Court of Justice ruled on an appeal against a General Court ruling of October 2009, that had confirmed a Commission decision of 2005 finding German support for the switchover to digital television in breach of EU state aid rules. The Court confirmed in particular that such support can only be granted in full respect of the principle of technological neutrality. Exceptions are only possible if a Member State proves that there are structural competition problems from the existing offers of other platforms.
    Read more >
    Read full ECJ judgment >
    Read full General Court judgment under appeal >
  • T-216/06 Lucite / Commission (Methacrylates cartel)
    15 September 2011
    The General Court ruled on an appeal by Lucite against a Commission decision of 2006, fining several companies for operating a cartel in the methacrylates sector. The Court dismissed the appeal and upheld the Commission decision in its entirety.
    Read full judgment >
    Read more about initial Commission decision >
  • T-234/07 Grolsch / Commission (Dutch Beer cartel)
    15 September
    The General Court ruled on an appeal by Grolsch against a Commission decision of April 2007 fining several companies for operating a cartel in the Dutch beer sector. The Court annulled the Commission's decision, finding in particular that the Commission had presented insufficient evidence to establish the direct participation of Grolsch, rather than its subsidiary Grolsche Bierbrouwerij Nederland.
    Read full judgment >
    Read more about initial Commission decision >


Editorial and legal information

Published by the Competition Directorate General of the European Commission. The content of this publication does not necessarily reflect the official position of the European Commission. Neither the Commission nor any person acting on its behalf is responsible for the use which might be made of the above information.

© European Union, 2011. Reproduction is authorised provided the source is acknowledged.

Competition website