Competition weekly news summary
3 August 2012
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  • Commission closes investigation in P&I Clubs case
    1 August 2012
    The Commission has closed an antitrust investigation into certain provisions accompanying claim-sharing and joint reinsurance agreements in the marine insurance sector.
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  • Commission sends supplementary statement of objections to Visa
    31 July 2012
    The Commission has informed Visa of additional concerns about possible violations of EU antitrust rules concerning multilateral interchange fees (MIFs) set by Visa. The so-called 'supplementary statement of objections' (SSO) relates to MIFs set by Visa for transactions with consumer credit cards in the European Economic Area (EEA). MIFs are an important part of the total cost that retailers must pay for accepting Visa's consumer payment cards and establish a minimum price for retailers. The Commission's preliminary view is that these MIFs restrict competition between banks and infringe EU antitrust rules that prohibit cartels and restrictive business practices. At this stage, the Commission also doubts that Visa's MIFs are necessary to create efficiencies that benefit merchants and consumers and could therefore be entitled to an exception from these rules.
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  • Commission sends Statement of Objections on perindopril to Servier and others
    30 July 2012
    The Commission has informed the French pharmaceutical company Servier and several of its generic competitors of its objections against practices potentially delaying the generic entry of perindopril, a cardio-vascular medicine. At this stage, the Commission takes the view that the patent settlement agreements concluded by Servier with Niche/Unichem, Matrix (today Mylan Laboratories Limited), Teva, Krka and Lupin, as well as Servier's acquisition of key competing technologies were aimed at delaying or preventing the market entry of cheap generic versions of perindopril, in violation of EU antitrust rules.
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State aid

  • Commission invites comments on rules for state aid for environmental protection
    31 July 2012
    In the context of its state aid modernisation initiative, the Commission is reviewing EU Guidelines on State Aid for Environmental Protection. The review starts with a public consultation, seeking stakeholders' views on the functioning of the guidelines since their adoption in 2008. In light of the submissions received and its own experience in applying the guidelines, the Commission will propose revised draft guidelines in 2013, with a view to contributing to the objectives of modernising state aid rules.
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