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In this issue - 14 October 2016

·         Conferences/Speeches

·         Mergers

·         State aid

 

·         Competition

·         Court

Conferences/Speeches

Speech: State aid rules: supporting investment, protecting competition

14/10/2016 - IBA 20th Annual Competition Conference, Florence
Commissioner Margrethe Vestager

"We do need to step in when state aid threatens fair competition on a European scale. But a lot of the investments that national governments make don't have much effect in other countries.
So one of the best things we can do is to take a step back. To leave responsibility with national governments for how they spend their money.
And over the last two years, we've gone a long way towards making that happen."

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Mergers

Commission opens in-depth investigation into HeidelbergCement and Schwenk's joint acquisition of Cemex Croatia

10/10/2016 - The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to assess whether the proposed acquisition of Cemex Croatia by HeidelbergCement and Schwenk is in line with the EU Merger Regulation. The Commission has concerns that the proposed takeover may reduce competition for grey cement in Croatia. 

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State aid

Commission invites comments on revised criteria for implementing unproblematic state support for ports and airports

13/10/2016 - The European Commission invites comments on its proposal to revise the criteria for exempting certain investment aid for ports and airports from prior Commission scrutiny under EU state aid rules. It aims to facilitate public investments that can create jobs and growth whilst preserving competition.

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Commission approves amended Slovenian support scheme for renewable energy and high-efficiency cogeneration

10/10/2016 - The European Commission has approved changes to a Slovenian support scheme for renewable energy and high-efficiency cogeneration under EU state aid rules. The amended scheme will increase renewable energy production in line with EU energy objectives and without unduly distorting competition. 

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Competition

Support study for impact assessment concerning the review of Merger Regulation regarding minority shareholdings

The purpose of the study is to provide DG Competition with additional information on the topic of acquisitions of non-controlling minority shareholdings from the point of view of both competition and corporate law and practice in different jurisdictions. In particular, the study provides factual information in order to form a well-informed and comprehensive view on the current practice in jurisdictions where acquisitions of non-controlling minority shareholdings are subject to merger review, as well as on the different levels of rights usually attached to non-controlling minority shareholdings in several countries. 

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Court

Case C-242/15 P - Land Hessen v Pollmeier Massivholz

12/10/2016 - The EU Court of Justice ruled on an appeal against a General Court judgment of March 2015. The 2015 ruling had partly annulled a Commission decision of October 2008 finding German public support measures in favour of the company Abalon Hardwood Hessen to be in line with EU state aid rules. The German company Pollmeier Massivholz had brought an action for the annulment of this decision. The General Court had annulled the 2008 decision insofar as it had found that two state guarantees granted to Abalon involved no state aid within the meaning of the EU rules. The German Land of Hessen had appealed this judgment. The Court of Justice has now dismissed the appeal and confirmed the General Court's 2015 ruling.

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Case T-167/14 - Søndagsavisen v Commission (Danish media support scheme)

11/10/2016 - The EU General court ruled on an action for annulment brought by the Danish weekly magazine Søndagsavisen against a Commission decision of January 2013. The Commission's 2013 decision had found a Danish media support scheme to be in line with EU state aid rules. The court dismissed the action and upheld the Commission's 2013 decision.

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