Competition weekly news summary
27 May 2016

Conferences/Speeches

  • Speech by Commissioner Vestager 'How competition supports innovation'
    Regulation4Innovation, Brussels
    24 May 2016
    "In business, innovation is the answer to the need to compete. [..] Of course, competition isn't enough on its own. No one’s going to bother coming up with new ideas if it doesn't help them get ahead of their rivals. So you won't succeed in encouraging innovation unless companies believe you’ll let them keep the rewards. And that means that to encourage innovation, you need both competition and a reward for innovators. "
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  • Speech by Director-General Johannes Laitenberger  'State aid tax cases: Sine timore aut favore'
    ICF, St. Gallen
    20 May 2016
    "We will continue to enforce the rules without fear or favour. [..] State aid rules are part of good governance. The financial and economic crisis has shaken the people’s belief in economic governance. Our work can help restore that belief. "
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 Publications

 Antitrust

  • Commission fines Pometon € 6.2 million for participation in steel abrasives cartel
    25 May 2016
    The European Commission has found that Italian abrasives producer Pometon S.p.A. breached EU antitrust rules by participating in a cartel to coordinate steel abrasives prices in Europe for almost four years. The Commission has imposed a fine of € 6 197 000.
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Mergers

  • Commission approves acquisition of building materials group Italcementi by HeidelbergCement, subject to conditions
    26 May 2016
    The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of Italian building materials group Italcementi by its German competitor HeidelbergCement. The clearance is conditional on HeidelbergCement selling Italcementi's entire business in Belgium.
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  • Commission approves AB InBev's acquisition of SABMiller, subject to conditions
    24 May 2016
    The European Commission has cleared under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of SABMiller, the world's second largest brewer, by AB InBev, the world's largest brewer. The clearance is conditional on AB InBev selling practically the entire SABMiller beer business in Europe.
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State aid

  • Commission clears closure of lignite-fired power plants in Germany
    27 May 2016
    The European Commission has found German plans to grant €1.6 billion public financing for mothballing and subsequently closing eight lignite-fired power plants to be in line with EU state aid rules.
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  • Commission clears €2.13 billion aid to alleviate social and economic impact of closing 26 uncompetitive coal mines in Spain
    27 May 2016
    The Commission has found Spanish plans to grant €2.13 billion for the orderly closure of 26 uncompetitive coal mines to be in line with EU state aid rules. The aid aims to alleviate the social and environmental impact of the mine closures without unduly distorting competition in the Single Market.
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  • Commission endorses UK National Broadband Scheme for 2016-2020
    26 May 2016
    The European Commission has found that the UK National Broadband Scheme for 2016-2020 complies with EU state aid rules. The scheme aims to connect as many homes and businesses as possible throughout the UK to high speed broadband.
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  • Commission finds Danish transmission system operator's contract with DONG Energy does not involve State aid
    23 May 2016
    The European Commission has found that a contract between the Danish transmission system operator Energinet.dk and DONG Energy for the supply of electricity at short notice did not involve any State aid. The Commission concluded that the contract did not confer a selective advantage to DONG Energy.
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Court

  • Case T-479/11 - France vs. European Commission
    26
    May 2016
    The EU General Court ruled on actions for the annulment of a Commission decision of 2011, finding that the unlimited state guarantee conferred to the French Petroleum Institute by its status of public establishment of industrial and commercial character (EPIC) had procured the Institute a selective advantage over its competitors, in breach of EU state aid rules. The Court found that the Commission had not adduced sufficient evidence that the guarantee had effectively resulted in an economic advantage for the Institute and annulled the decision.
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