Competition weekly news summary
17 January 2014


Antitrust

  • Competition policy for the post-crisis world: A perspective
    Celebrating ten years of the GCLC, College of Europe, Bruges, Joaquín Almunia
    17 January 2014
    "A strong competition policy is one of the best tools EU authorities should use to create better conditions for investors and innovators; increase productivity levels; and raise our competitiveness vis-à-vis our most dynamic global partners. Better-functioning markets are needed to reconcile the market economy with the aspirations of our citizens. And the best way to achieve this is completing a real Single Market at EU level. New entrants are needed to replace old and inefficient parts of our productive system and develop new sectors and activities. A simpler but robust State aid control is the best guarantee to preserve a level playing field and at the same time to make the best possible use of scarce public resources. This is what EU competition policy is about. And these are, at the same time, essential elements of a sound growth strategy."
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Antitrust

  • Commission investigates restrictions affecting cross border provision of pay TV services
    13 January 2014
    The Commission has opened formal proceedings to examine certain provisions in licensing agreements between several major US film studios (Twentieth Century Fox, Warner Bros., Sony Pictures, NBCUniversal, Paramount Pictures) and the largest European pay-TV broadcasters such as BSkyB of the UK, Canal Plus of France, Sky Italia of Italy, Sky Deutschland of Germany and DTS of Spain. The Commission will in particular investigate whether these provisions prevent broadcasters from providing their services across borders, for example by refusing potential subscribers from other Member States or blocking cross-border access to their services.
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    Read VP Almunia's statement >

State aid

  • Commission consults on draft guidance on notion of aid
    17 January 2014
    The Commission is inviting comments on a draft notice aimed at providing practical guidance for identifying state aid measures that need to be notified to the Commission for approval before being implemented. In light of the submissions, the Commission aims to adopt the final guidance notice in the second quarter of 2014.
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  • Commission adopts new rules on risk finance
    15 January 2014
    The Commission has adopted new guidelines setting out the conditions under which Member States can grant aid to facilitate access to finance by European SMEs and companies with a medium capitalization (so-called "midcaps"). Certain SMEs and midcaps, in particular innovative and growth-oriented SMEs in their early development stages, have difficulties to get funding, independently of the quality of their business potential. State aid can help address this funding gap, not by replacing existing funding channels but by attracting fresh money into new ventures through well-designed financial instruments and fiscal measures. The guidelines will enter into force on 1 July 2014.
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    Frequently asked questions >
    Statement by VP Almunia >
    Risk Finance Policy Brief >

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