Competition weekly news summary
4 May 2012

Conferences and Speeches

  • Integrating payments in the EU: A new approach
    Conference on Card, Internet and Mobile Payments, Brussels, Joaquín Almunia
    4 May 2012
    "Despite the self-regulatory efforts of the industry, and the hard work done by the national competition authorities – reflected in the overview produced by the European Competition Network – we continue to see major problems in the payments markets. We should consider the need to design new European legislation that can give a stronger ex ante regulatory framework and more legal certainty to the industry."
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  • Commission consults on future of maritime transport antitrust guidelines
    4 May 2012
    The Commission is inviting stakeholders to submit their views on the future of the guidelines on the application of the EU antitrust rules to maritime transport services. These guidelines will expire in September 2013. The Commission's competition department takes the preliminary view that specific antitrust guidelines in the maritime transport sector are no longer needed.
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  • Commission closes investigation after Compagnia Italiana di Navigazione abandons notified transaction
    27 April 2012
    The Commission has closed an in-depth investigation opened in January 2012 into the proposed acquisition of a branch of the Italian state-owned ferry group Tirrenia by Compagnia Italiana di Navigazione ("CIN") of Italy, after the parties abandoned the notified transaction. CIN was initially created as a joint-venture between Tirrenia's main competitors, Grimaldi, Marinvest and Onorato Partecipazioni. Grimaldi and Marinvest now withdrew from CIN. A new transaction, involving the remaining shareholder Onorato Partecipazioni and possibly other new shareholders is expected to be notified to the competent competition authority.
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