Competition weekly news summary
31 August 2012

Mergers

  • Commission clears proposed acquisition of Alpiq's energy technology supply business by French rival VINCI
    31 August 2012
    The Commission has cleared the proposed acquisition of the energy technology supply business (EVT Business) of the German group Alpiq by the VINCI group. The Commission concluded that the operation would not raise competition concerns because it will not significantly alter the market structure in any of the markets where the merging parties' activities overlap.
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  • Commission approves acquisition of German plastic film manufacturer Nordenia by rival Mondi
    30 August 2012
    The Commission has cleared the proposed acquisition of Nordenia, a German manufacturer of flexible packaging, plastic films and film-based products by Mondi. The Commission's investigation confirmed that the operation would not raise competition concerns because it will not significantly alter the structure of the markets concerned.
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  • Commission opens in-depth investigation into proposed acquisition of Aer Lingus by Ryanair
    29 August 2012
    The Commission has opened an in-depth investigation into the proposed acquisition of Aer Lingus by the low cost carrier Ryanair, both major players in the Irish passenger air transport services market. The Commission's preliminary investigation indicated potential competition concerns on a large number of European routes, mainly out of Ireland, where the two airlines are each other's closest competitors and barriers to entry appear to be high. Many of these routes are currently only served by the two airlines. The takeover could therefore lead to eliminating competition and market entry on a large number of these routes.
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  • Commission approves acquisition of Dutch shrimp supplier Heiploeg Group by a number of banks
    23 August 2012
    The Commission has cleared the proposed acquisition of the Heiploeg Group, a Dutch supplier of shrimps, by the banks ABN AMRO, Rabobank, Friesland Bank (all of the Netherlands) and Landsbanki of Iceland. The Commission's investigation confirmed that the operation would not raise competition concerns because it will not significantly alter the market structure.
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  • Commission approves acquisition of medical device company BSN Medical by Guernsey based investment fund EQT VI
    8 August 2012
    The Commission has cleared the proposed acquisition of the Dutch and German medical device company BSN Medical by the Guernsey based investment fund EQT VI, part of the EQT group of private equity funds. The Commission's investigation confirmed that the operation would not raise competition concerns because the parties have no overlapping activities.
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Antitrust

  • Commission publishes guidance on application of competition rules in car sector
    27 August 2012
    The Commission has published a set of frequently asked questions (FAQs) on the application of EU antitrust rules in the motor vehicle sector. The FAQs provide stakeholders with guidance on how the Commission applies these rules, in particular in the markets for repair and maintenance services and spare parts.
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  • Commission market tests commitments proposed by Rio Tinto Alcan in markets for aluminium smelting
    10 August 2012
    The Commission is inviting comments from interested parties on commitments offered by Rio Tinto Alcan to address concerns that it may have infringed EU antitrust rules by contractually tying its leading AP aluminium smelting technology to aluminium smelter equipment that it supplies, namely pot tending assemblies (PTAs). To address these concerns, Rio Tinto Alcan offered to modify its AP technology transfer agreements so as to enable the licensees of the AP aluminium smelting technology to choose any supplier whose PTAs meet certain technical specifications. If the market test confirms that the proposed commitments remedy the competition concerns, the Commission may make the commitments legally binding on Rio Tinto Alcan.
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  • Commission opens proceedings against suspected participants in cartels for supply of automotive wire harnesses
    9 August 2012
    The Commission has opened an investigation into suspected cartels for the supply of automotive electrical distribution systems, also known as wire harnesses, in the European Economic Area (EEA). This case is part of a wider effort to investigate possible cartels in the automotive sector.
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State aid

  • Commission extends in-depth investigation into aid granted to Nürburgring racetrack in Germany
    8 August 2012
    The Commission has extended the scope of an in-depth investigation opened in March 2012 regarding a set of aid measures supporting the racetrack and leisure park at Nürburgring in Germany. The extension concerns several additional financial measures aimed at avoiding an immediate insolvency of the companies concerned. At this stage, the Commission has doubts that the measures were granted on market terms and that the companies are viable without continued state support.
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