Competition weekly news summary
Friday, January 13, 2012

State aid

  • Commission orders Hungary to recover incompatible state aid from national air carrier Malév
    9 January 2012
    The Commission found that financing granted to Hungarian flag carrier Malév between 2007 and 2010 in the context of its privatisation and renationalisation constitutes illegal state aid, as Malév would not have been able to obtain similar financing from the market on the terms conceded by the Hungarian authorities. Hungary now needs to recover the unlawful aid from the beneficiary.
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  • Commission consults on review of R&D&I rules
    21 December 2011
    The Commission is inviting stakeholders' comments on the review of EU state aid rules for supporting research, development and innovation (R&D&I). The Commission is interested in statistical information and qualitative comments on national R&D&I policies at large and on national state support measures for R&D&I in particular. On the basis of replies to the published questionnaire, the Commission will prepare a first draft of a revised EU Framework which it expects to publish in the second half of 2012 for consultation. Comments can be submitted until 24 February 2012. The current framework will expire at the end of 2013.
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Mergers

  • Commission approves acquisition of German logistics company Lehnkering by Imperial Mobility of South Africa
    22 December 2011
    The Commission has cleared the proposed acquisition of Lehnkering of Germany by Imperial Mobility International, a subsidiary of Imperial Holdings Limited of South Africa. The Commission's investigation confirmed that the merged entity will continue to face competition from a number of strong players and customers will still have sufficient alternative suppliers in the markets for the transport of dry bulk products and liquid chemicals in the Rhine area and on the northern German rivers and canals.
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  • Commission approves acquisition of logistic company Wincanton International by German holding Rhenus
    22 December 2011
    The Commission has approved the proposed acquisition of the logistics business of Wincanton International by the German company Rhenus AG, a subsidiary of the Rethmann group. The Commission concluded the transaction would not raise competition concerns because of the presence of alternative barge container terminals with spare capacities, the specific regulatory regime for terminal services in Germany and the competitive pressure exercised by rail links to the Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp (ARA) ports.
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Competition and Internal Market

  • Breaking down barriers to secure and innovative card, internet and mobile payments
    11 January 2012
    Carrying a virtual train ticket or repaying a friend with your mobile phone, buying your groceries online, paying with your debit card abroad – the way European citizens shop and pay is radically changing. A secure and transparent integrated payments environment throughout the EU could create more efficient, modern and safer means of payments – for the benefits of consumers, merchants and payment providers. Based on a Green Paper, the Commission seeks the views of stakeholders as to which obstacles hinder further market integration and how these could be resolved.
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