Competition weekly news summary
25 July 2014


Mergers

  • Commission fines Marine Harvest 20 million for taking control of Morpol without prior EU merger clearance
    23 July 2014
    The Commission has imposed a fine of 20 million on salmon farmer and processor Marine Harvest ASA for acquiring its rival Morpol ASA, both of Norway, without having received prior authorisation under the EU Merger Regulation. The Commission concluded that Marine Harvest should have been aware of its obligations to notify and await clearance from the Commission before proceeding with the acquisition.
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State aid

  • Commission approves German renewable energy law EEG 2014
    23 July 2014
    The Commission has found the new German Renewable Energy Act (EEG 2014) to be in line with EU state aid rules. The EEG 2014 provides support for the production of electricity from renewable energy sources and from mining gas. It also reduces the financial burden on energy-intensive users and certain auto-generators by reducing their level of payment of the EEG-surcharge. Finally, the EEG 2014 provides that the aid will be progressively allocated through tenders which will gradually be opened to operators located in other Member States. The Commission has concluded that the EEG 2014 will further EU environmental and energy objectives without unduly distorting competition in the Single Market.
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  • Commission authorises UK Capacity Market electricity generation scheme
    23 July 2014
    The Commission has concluded that the proposed UK Capacity Market is in line with EU state aid rules. The scheme aims to ensure that sufficient electricity supply is available to cover consumption at peak times. The Commission found in particular that the scheme will contribute to ensuring the security of energy supply in the UK, in line with EU objectives, without distorting competition in the Single Market.
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  • Commission authorises UK aid package for renewable electricity production
    23 July 2014
    The Commission has concluded that a UK scheme called "Contracts for Difference" that promotes the generation of electricity from renewable sources is in line with EU state aid rules. In separate investigations, the Commission has also found that public support worth GBP 9.7 billion (around 12.3 billion) to five offshore wind farms is in line with the state aid rules. The Commission found, in particular that all projects further common EU objectives, such as the promotion of renewable energy and environmental protection, without unduly distorting competition in the Single Market.
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  • Commission approves restructuring aid for Greek Piraeus Bank
    23 July 2014
    The Commission has found the restructuring plan of Greek bank Piraeus, including the integration of several Greek banks, to be in line with EU state aid rules. The measures already implemented and those planned will enable Piraeus to fully restore its long term viability, while limiting the distortions of competition created by the large amount of state aid granted.
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  • Commission approves restructuring aid for National Bank of Greece
    23 July 2014
    The Commission has found the restructuring plan of the National Bank of Greece to be in line with EU state aid rules. The measures already implemented and those envisaged in the future will enable the bank to fully restore its long term viability, while limiting the distortions of competition brought about by the state aid granted.
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  • Commission adopts package of decisions regarding aid to airports and airlines in France and Germany; asks France to recover incompatible aid granted to airlines
    The Commission has adopted six decisions concerning public support granted to airports and airlines in France and Germany. The decisions are based on the Commission's new guidelines on state aid to airports and airlines adopted in February 2014 as part of its State Aid Modernisation strategy.
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  • Commission refers Italy to Court for failure to recover incompatible aid from Italian ground handling operator SEA Handling
    23 July 2014
    The Commission has referred Italy to the EU Court of Justice (EUCJ) for failing to comply with a Commission decision of 2012 ordering the recovery of incompatible state aid. In the decision, the Commission had found that around 360 million of state aid granted between 2002 and 2010 by SEA, the Italian state-owned operator of the Milan airports, to its subsidiary SEA Handling was incompatible with EU state aid rules and had to be recovered. More than one and a half years after the Commission's decision, this has still not been done.
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  • Commission approves regional aid map 2014-2020 for Cyprus
    23 July 2014
    The Commission has approved Cyprus' map for granting regional development aid between 2014 and 2020. The map is based on the new regional aid guidelines adopted by the Commission in June 2013, which set out the conditions under which Member States can grant state aid to businesses for regional development purposes. The guidelines aim to foster growth and greater cohesion in the Single Market.
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Competition

  • Commission calls for proposals 2014 for training of national judges OPEN
    2 June 2014
    The Commission has published the 2014 call for proposals for training national judges in competition matters. The purpose is to co-finance projects aimed at promoting training and judicial cooperation on the enforcement of EU competition rules for national judges. This includes public and private enforcement of antitrust and state aid rules. The aim is to ensure a consistent application of EU competition rules. The deadline for applications is 29 August 2014.
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