Competition weekly news summary
14 June 2013


Antitrust

  • Commission market tests Visa Europe's commitments
    13 June 2013
    The Commission is inviting comments from interested parties on commitments offered by Visa Europe to significantly cut its multilateral interchange fees (MIFs) for credit card payments and to reform its rules in order to facilitate cross-border competition.
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  • Commission closes investigation of EPC but continues monitoring online payments market
    13 June 2013
    The Commission has closed an antitrust investigation opened in September 2011 to examine the standardisation process for payments over the internet (e-payments) carried out by the European Payments Council (EPC). The EPC is the decision-making and coordination body of the European banking industry in relation to payments. The Commission had concerns that through its work on standards for e-payments, and in particular the e-Payments Framework, the EPC could exclude new entrants not linked to a bank from the e-payments market.
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  • Commission proposes legislation to facilitate damage claims by victims of antitrust violations
    11 June 2013
    The Commission has adopted a proposal for a Directive on how citizens and companies can claim damages when they are victims of infringements of the EU antitrust rules, such as cartels and abuses of a dominant market position. The proposal is set to remove a number of practical difficulties which victims frequently face when they try to receive a fair compensation for the damage they have suffered.
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Mergers

  • Commission clears Honeywell's acquisition of Intermec
    14 June 2013
    The Commission has cleared the proposed acquisition of Intermec by Honeywell, both of the United States. Intermec is a manufacturer and supplier of barcode scanners, scanning engines and ruggedised mobile computers (i.e. computers that are specifically designed to operate reliably in harsh usage environments and conditions, such as strong vibrations, extreme temperatures, etc.). The Commission found that the transaction would not raise competition concerns, in particular because the merged entity will continue to face several credible competitors in the relevant markets.
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Court

  • C-511/11 P Versalis v Commission (BR/ESBR cartel)
    13 June 2013
    The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled on appeals against a General Court (GC) judgment of July 2011. The GC had confirmed a Commission decision of November 2006 fining Versalis (then Polimeri) for participating in a cartel in the synthetic rubber market, but had annulled an uplift of the fine for recidivism. The GC had held that the Commission had not adduced sufficient evidence to demonstrate that the previous decisions were addressed to the same company. Versalis appealed the GC ruling and the Commission brought a cross-appeal on the issue of recidivism. The ECJ has dismissed both appeals and entirely confirmed the GC judgment. In February 2013, the Commission sent a new statement of objections to Versalis and its parent company ENI, taking account of the GC judgment.
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  • C-287/12 P Ryanair v Commission
    13 June 2013
    The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled on an appeal by Ryanair against a General Court judgment of March 2012. The GC had rejected Ryanair's appeal against two Commission state aid decisions of November 2008 regarding Alitalia. The ECJ upheld the GC ruling and dismissed the appeal.
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  • Case C-630/11 P HGA and others v Commission
    13 June 2013
    The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled on several appeals against a General Court (GC) ruling of September 2011. The GC had upheld a Commission decision of July 2008 finding certain subsidies to the Italian hotel sector incompatible with EU state aid rules. The ECJ rejected the appeals and confirmed the GC judgment.
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