Competition weekly news summary
Friday, January 20, 2012

Conferences and Speeches

  • Improving Europe’s competitiveness in the global economy
    The Future of Europe, Brussels, Joaquín Almunia
    17 January 2012
    "Thanks to the crisis regime designed by the Commission, structural problems that had been affecting many banks well before the crisis are being addressed. For example, we are asking some banks to move away from unsustainable business models based on excessive leverage and overreliance on short-term wholesale funding. We are encouraging banks to focus once again on their core business.
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Antitrust

  • Commission opens proceedings against companies in French water sector
    18 Januray 2012
    The Commission has opened formal antitrust proceedings to investigate whether the French companies SAUR, Suez Environnement/Lyonnaise des Eaux and Veolia, together with their trade association Fédération Professionnelle des Entreprises de l'Eau ("FP2E"), have coordinated their behaviour on French water and waste water markets.
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Mergers

  • Commission opens in-depth investigation into proposed merger between Italian transport companies CIN and Tirrenia
    18 January 2012
    The Commission has opened an in-depth investigation into the planned acquisition of joint control over a branch of the Italian state-owned ferry group Tirrenia by Compagnia Italiana di Navigazione ("CIN"). The Commission’s initial market investigation indicated serious competition concerns, in particular because the parties to the merger have very high, if not monopolistic, combined market shares on a number of maritime routes in Italy, and in particular on certain routes to and from Sardinia.
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  • Commission refers Dutch part of frozen food joint venture between Royaan and Ad van Geloven to Dutch Competition Authority and clears remainder
    16 January 2012
    The Commission has referred the assessment of the Dutch part of a proposed combination of the activities of Royaan and Ad Van Geloven (AvG) in the market for frozen snacks, to the Dutch competition authority. After a preliminary investigation, the Commission found that this part of the proposed transaction would threaten to significantly affect competition in the market for frozen snacks in the Netherlands. Those aspects will now be examined by the Dutch Competition Authority under national law. At the same time the Commission has approved the Belgian part of the transaction, because the overlaps between the parties' activities are limited in these markets and the merged entity will continue to face sufficient competitors.
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Court

  • T-422/07 Djebel v Commission
    18 January 2012
    The General Court ruled on an appeal by Djebel against a Commission decision of 2007 finding a subsidy in fabour of Djebel incompatible with EU state aid rules. The Court upheld the Commission decision and rejected the appeal.
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