Competition weekly news summary
20 September 2013


Mergers

  • Commission approves acquisition of German cable operator Kabel Deutschland by Vodafone
    20 September 2013
    The Commission has cleared the acquisition of Kabel Deutschland Holding AG, a German cable operator, by Vodafone Group Plc. of the United Kingdom. The Commission's investigation confirmed that the activities of the merging parties were mainly complementary. While Kabel Deutschland primarily offers cable TV, fixed line telephony and Internet access services, Vodafone's core business consists of mobile telephony services. To a certain extent, it also offers fixed line telephony and Internet access, as well as IPTV. The Commission found that in markets where the parties' activities overlap, the increase in market share resulting from the proposed transaction is insignificant and will therefore not appreciably alter competition.
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State aid

  • Commission opens in-depth inquiry into water resources concessions to EDP for electricity generation and inquires about situation in other Member States
    18 September 2013
    The Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to verify whether the price paid by the Portuguese electricity incumbent EDP in 2007 for the extension of its right to use public water resources for electricity generation was in line with EU state aid rules. The Commission will assess in particular whether the measure provided an undue economic advantage to EDP over its competitors and stifled entry onto the Portuguese electricity market.
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