Competition weekly news summary
15 June 2012

Conferences and Speeches

  • Higher Duty for Competition Enforcers
    International Bar Association Antitrust Conference, Madrid, Joaquín Almunia
    15 June 2012
    "I believe we should renew our confidence in the power of the internal market to generate growth and jobs; which is huge and, in some sectors, still largely untapped. And competition policy is the cheapest and most effective way to unleash this potential. This is what our fellow European citizens expect of us and I am determined – together with my colleagues at the European competition authority – not to let them down."
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  • Commission opens formal proceedings against Deutsche Bahn
    13 June 2012
    The Commission has opened formal proceedings to investigate whether the German railway incumbent Deutsche Bahn AG and several of its subsidiaries operate an anticompetitive pricing system for traction current in Germany, in breach of EU antitrust rules. The Commission will investigate in particular whether the discounts applied by Deutsche Bahn lead to higher prices for its competitors, placing them at a disadvantage on the rail freight and passenger markets.
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State aid

  • Commission approves Finnish short-term export credit insurance scheme
    12 June 2012
    The Commission concluded that a Finnish short-term export credit insurance scheme was in line with EU state aid rules. In particular, the Commission found that the scheme was limited to insurance cover that is currently not available on the private market and that the rates charged remain in line with the pricing of similar risks by private players.
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  • Commission approves UK renewable heat incentive scheme for Northern Ireland
    12 June 2012
    The Commission has found a UK scheme in support of renewable energy sources used to generate heat in Northern Ireland to be in line with EU state aid rules, because it furthers environmental protection and the limitation of carbon emissions without unduly distorting competition.
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  • Commission approves aid component in regulated electricity tariffs in France, subject to conditions
    12 June 2012
    The Commission has approved state aid contained in regulated electricity tariffs for large and medium-sized energy consumers in France, subject to compliance with certain conditions relating to the reform of the French electricity market, an annual review of the standard tariffs, and, subsequently, their disappearance at the end of 2015.
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  • Commission clears state aid to an ultra-fast broadband network in Birmingham
    12 June 2012
    The Commission has found UK plans to grant around €6 million of public financing for the construction of an ultra-fast broadband network in the city of Birmingham to be in line with EU state aid rules, in particular because the network will be open to all operators and therefore promote competition.
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  • C-158/11 Auto 24
    14 June
    The Court of Justice ruled on a question referred by the French Cour de Cassation regarding the criteria that need to be fulfilled to benefit from an exemption from EU competition rules in the motor vehicle sector. The Court ruled that in order to benefit from an exemption, quantitative selective distribution systems in the motor vehicle sector do not have to be based on criteria that are objectively justified and applied in a uniform manner in respect of all applicants for authorisation.
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