German Competition Authority

German Competition Authority (Bonn)
German Competition Authority

The Bundeskartellamt is an independent competition authority whose task is to protect competition in Germany. The protection of competition is a key regulatory objective in a market economy. Only well-functioning competition guarantees a maximum of choice and product diversity enabling consumers to satisfy their needs and companies to optimise their offers.

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German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority fines several steel companies for price-fixing and exchanging information (ArcelorMittal Commercial Long, Cologne, Dörrenberg Edelstahl, Engelskirchen, Kind & Co. Edelstahlwerke, Wiehl, Saarstahl, Völklingen, Schmidt + Clemens, Lindlar and Zapp Precision Metals, Schwerte)

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Bundeskartellamt imposes first fines totalling approx. 205 million euros on special steel companies* The Bundeskartellamt has imposed fines totalling approx. 205 million euros on six special steel companies, a trade association and ten individuals for concluding price-fixing agreements and (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority considers that an abuse of dominance investigation is not justified in a case where a dominant airline company significantly increased prices on certain routes where it had a monopoly (Lufthansa)

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Lufthansa tickets 25-30 per cent more expensive after Air Berlin insolvency – "Price increase does not justify initiation of abuse proceeding"* After the insolvency of Air Berlin, Lufthansa held a monopoly position for a few months on some German domestic routes. After receiving numerous (...)

German Competition Authority The German and Austrian Competition Authorities submit for public consultation a joint draft guidance paper on the application of the new transaction value threshold in merger control

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Joint guidance on new transaction value threshold in German and Austrian merger control submitted for public consultation* he Bundeskartellamt and the Austrian Federal Competition Authority have today submitted for public consultation a joint draft guidance paper on the application of the new (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority closes proceeding on the conditions of supply for raw milk in a case against Germany’s largest dairy (Deutsche Milchkontor)

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Proceeding against DMK dairy discontinued* The Bundeskartellamt has discontinued its proceeding on the conditions of supply for raw milk which was conducted as a sample case against Germany’s largest dairy, Deutsche Milchkontor eG. Andreas Mundt, President of the Bundeskartellamt: "We have (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition launches a market inquiry on remedies proposed by German Olympic Sports Confederation and the International Olympic Committee suspected to abuse of their dominant position (DOSB / IOC)

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Market test on commitments of DOSB and IOC* The Bundeskartellamt is currently conducting an administrative proceeding against the German Olympic Sports Confederation (Deutscher Olympischer Sportbund, DOSB) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The Bundeskartellamt suspects that the (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority finds by preliminary assessment that a social network company abused its dominant position by collecting and using data from third-party sources (Facebook)

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Preliminary assessment in Facebook proceeding: Facebook’s collection and use of data from third-party sources is abusive* The Bundeskartellamt has informed the company Facebook in writing of its preliminary legal assessment in the abuse of dominance proceeding which the authority is conducting (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority, with the Dutch Competition Authority, fines three undertakings for cartel in the harbor towage sector (Fairplay / Bugsier / Petersen & Alpers)

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Bundeskartellamt imposes fines on harbour towage service providers* The Bundeskartellamt has imposed fines amounting to approx. 13 million euros on three harbour towage service providers. The companies concerned are Fairplay Schleppdampfschiffsreederei Richard Borchard GmbH, Hamburg, (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority prohibits exclusive contracts between a seller of tickets and event organisers and advance booking offices (CTS Eventim)

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Bundeskartellamt prohibits exclusive contracts between CTS Eventim and event organisers and advance booking offices* The Bundeskartellamt has prohibited CTS Eventim from using exclusive contracts which it has concluded with organisers of live entertainment events and advance booking offices. (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority terminates its administrative proceeding against a national sport association suspected of abuse of dominance (DFB - German Football Association)

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DFB eases conditions for purchase of tickets for World Cup 2018* The Bundeskartellamt has terminated its administrative proceeding against the German Football Association (DFB) which it had initiated on the suspicion that the association had abused its dominant position. Before this DFB had (...)

German Competition Authority The Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court confirms that the general prohibition of the use of price comparison engines by retailers violates competition law (Asics)

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Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court confirms Bundeskartellamt’s decision on prohibition of use of price comparison engines* Yesterday the Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court confirmed the Bundeskartellamt’s decision of principle against the running shoes manufacturer Asics. According to the decision the (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority closes its proceeding against companies operating on the digital audio-books market suspected to abuse of dominance (Apple and Amazon)

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Bundeskartellamt closes proceedings against Audible/Amazon and Apple* The Bundeskartellamt has closed its administrative proceedings against Audible.com – a subsidiary of Amazon – and Apple Computer Inc. Following a complaint by the German Publishers and Booksellers Association (Börsenverein des (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority informs the public that manufacturers of glass fibre nonwovens withdraw their merger notification (Ahlstrom / Owens Corning)

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Manufacturers of glass fibre nonwovens withdraw merger notification* The Bundeskartellamt confirms that the notification of the planned merger between European Owens Corning Fiberglas Sprl, Watermael-Boitsfort, Belgium (’Owens Corning’) and Ahlstrom Glassfibre Oy, Kotka, Finland (’Ahlstrom’) was (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority informs that, following its investigations, a railway company has decided to make far-reaching changes to the sale of passenger tickets (Deutsche Bahn)

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Deutsche Bahn AG to make changes to ticket sales* Following investigations by the Bundeskartellamt, Deutsche Bahn AG has undertaken to make far-reaching changes to the sale of passenger tickets. The measures will improve the ticket sales possibilities of its competitors. In early 2014 the (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority clears a merger between producers of equipment for semiconductor manufacture (KLA-Tencor Corporation / Milpitas / Lam Research Corporation / Fremont)

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Bundeskartellamt clears planned merger of producers of equipment for semiconductor manufacture* The Bundeskartellamt has cleared the planned merger between KLA-Tencor Corporation, Milpitas, USA, and Lam Research Corporation, Fremont, USA. Both parties to the merger are internationally active (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority opens a proceeding against a social network company suspected to have abused of its dominance by infringing data protection rules (Facebook)

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Bundeskartellamt initiates proceeding against Facebook on suspicion of having abused its market power by infringing data protection rules* The Bundeskartellamt has initiated a proceeding against Facebook Inc., USA, the Irish subsidiary of the company and Facebook Germany GmbH, Hamburg. The (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority fines an undertaking specialized in organic dairies for providing incorrect information in a merger notification (Bongrain Europe)

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Conclusion of fine proceedings against Bongrain Europe SAS* The Bundeskartellamt has imposed a fine of 90,000 euros on Bongrain Europe SAS, which belongs to the Savencia group, for providing incorrect information in a merger notification. The notification concerned the acquisition of the (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority fines three publishers of advertising newspapers for implementing anticompetitive agreements (Chemnitzer Verlag und Druck)

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Three publishers of advertising newspapers in Saxony fined for illegal agreements* The Bundeskartellamt has imposed fines amounting to 12.44 million euros on three publishers of advertising newspapers and persons responsible in the Dresden and Chemnitz region. The companies are accused of (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority agrees to a settlement with a municipal utility, which has charged excessive water prices to its customers (Wuppertal municipal utility)

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Excessive water prices - Wuppertal municipal utility has to refund 15 million euros to customers* On account of the excessive water prices charged by the Wuppertal municipal utility, the Bundeskartellamt has agreed a settlement with WSW Energie und Wasser AG, by which the latter will refund 15 (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority condemns a manufacturer of running shoes for restricting the online sales activities of small and medium-sized authorised dealers (Asics)

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Unlawful restriction of online sales of ASICS running shoes* The Bundeskartellamt has concluded its proceeding on anti-competitive clauses in the distribution system of ASICS Deutschland. The authority accuses ASICS of having restricted the online sales activities of small and medium-sized (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority clears a merger, subject to remedies, in the market of automotive spare parts (Trost Auto Service Technik / Wessels & Müller)

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Merger of wholesalers of automotive spare parts cleared subject to conditions precedent* fter an in-depth examination the Bundeskartellamt has cleared the acquisition of Trost Auto Service Technik SE, Stuttgart, by Wessels & Müller SE, Osnabrück, subject to conditions. Both companies sell (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority sanctions five companies for their participation to a cartel in the manufacturing of acoustically effective components for the automotive industry (Autoneum Germany)

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Bundeskartellamt imposes fines of 75 million euros on automotive part manufacturers* On account of price fixing agreements the Bundeskartellamt has imposed fines totalling 75 million euros on five manufacturers of acoustically effective components and staff responsible which supply the (...)

German Competition Authority The Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court upholds that remuneration system applied in the "Irsching contracts" between two electricity providers is in violation of competition law (E.ON and TenneT)

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Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court confirms that the remuneration system applied in the "Irsching contracts" is in violation of competition law* In its decision of 28. April 2015 (see Press Release of the Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court of 28 April 2015) the Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority sends a statement of objections to an online hotel booking company suspected to abuse of dominance (Booking.com)

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Bundeskartellamt issues statement of objections regarding Booking.com’s ’best price’ clauses* Today the Bundeskartellamt has informed Booking.com Deutschland GmbH, Berlin, of its competition concerns regarding the continued use of ’best price’ clauses in its contracts with hotels in Germany. This (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority clears a partial acquisition in the market of the production and repair armoured vehicles (Diehl Defence Land Systems / Krauss-Maffei Wegmann)

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Bundeskartellamt clears partial acquisition of Diehl Defence Land Systems GmbH by Krauss-Maffei Wegmann* In the first phase of merger control the Bundeskartellamt has cleared the planned acquisition of a part of Diehl Defence Land Systems GmbH, Freisen, by Krauss-Maffei Wegmann GmbH & Co. (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority prohibits the operator of factory outlet center to use radius clauses, equivalent to non-compete clauses, in its lease contracts if these extend beyond a 50 km air radius and a term of five years (VR Franconia)

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Bundeskartellamt prohibits non-compete clauses imposed on tenants in factory outlet center* The Bundeskartellamt has prohibited the operator of Wertheim Village Factory Outlet Center, VR Franconia GmbH, from using so-called radius clauses in its lease contracts with brand product manufacturers (...)

German Competition Authority The federal state of Baden-Württemberg withdraws its remedies proposed to the German Competition Authority aiming at bringing the state’s timber marketing practices in line with competition law (Federal state of Baden-Württemberg)

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Baden-Württemberg withdraws its commitments in round timber proceedings* Today the federal state of Baden-Württemberg withdrew the commitments it offered in the Bundeskartellamt proceedings initiated against it for its joint marketing of round timber. The commitments were aimed at bringing the (...)

German Competition Authority The Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court upholds the decision of the Bundeskartellamt prohibiting the application of the "best price clause" in the online hotel booking sector (HRS / Expedia / Booking.com)

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HRS’s ‘best price’ clauses violate German and European competition law - Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court confirms Bundeskartellamt’s prohibition decision* Today the Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court rejected HRS’s appeal against the Bundeskartellamt’s decision of 20 December 2013. In its decision the (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority authorizes cooperation agreements between two telecommunication companies for developing fast broadband connections (Telekom Deutschland and Telefónica O2 Germany)

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No objections to cooperation between Telekom and Telefónica for the supply of fast broadband services* The Bundeskartellamt has no objections to the cooperation between Telekom Deutschland GmbH, Bonn, and Telefónica O2 Germany GmbH & Co. OHG, Munich for the provision of fast broadband (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority clears a merger following an in-depth examination on the production of foreign identity documents market (Giesecke & Devrient / Bundesdruckerei)

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Bundeskartellamt clears joint venture between Giesecke & Devrient and Bundesdruckerei for the production of foreign identity documents* Following an in-depth examination the Bundeskartellamt has cleared the establishment of a joint venture for the production of foreign identity documents (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority clears an acquisition of sole control in the gas markets and changes its practice of defining these markets (EWE / VNG)

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Bundeskartellamt clears EWE’s acquisition of a majority interest in VNG* Today the Bundeskartellamt has cleared the acquisition of a further 15.79% of the shares in VNG AG, Leipzig, by EWE AG, Oldenburg. EWE AG acquired the shares from Wintershall Holding GmbH, Kassel. EWE AG will now hold a (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority following its cartel proceeding forces an association of pharmacists to forego an anticompetitive clause in the sale of blood glucose strips market (AVWL)

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Bundeskartellamt strengthens competition in the sale of blood glucose strips in Westphalia-Lippe* The Bundeskartellamt has concluded its cartel proceeding against the pharmacists association in Westphalia-Lippe (Apothekerverband Westfalen-Lippe e.V. Apothekerverband Westfalen-Lippe e.V. (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority again imposes fines on several manufacturers of concrete paving stones for having entered price-fixing agreements (AHE Verbundsteine Betonwaren)

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Press Release published on the official website of the German Competition Authority. Bundeskartellamt imposes further fines on manufacturers of concrete paving stones on account of price-fixing agreements* The Bundeskartellamt has concluded its investigations in the cartel proceedings against (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority clears an acquisition on the market of management of waste after the abandonment by the buyer to acquire seven site of management of waste (Remondis/Sita)

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Press Release published on the official website of the German Competition Authority. Bundeskartellamt clears acquisition by the Remondis group of four Sita waste management sites in Baden-Württemberg* The Bundeskartellamt has cleared the acquisition by Remondis of four waste management sites (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority clears a merger by applying the failing firm defence on the daily newspapers market (Westfälische Nachrichten / Münstersche Zeitung)

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Press Release published on the official website of the German Competition Authority. Regional daily Westfälische Nachrichten can take over Münstersche Zeitung* The Bundeskartellamt has cleared plans by the Münster-based publishing house Aschendorff Verlag (which publishes Westfälische (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority imposes fines on five providers of underground mining services for having implemented a price-fixing agreements and bid-rigging (BeMo Tunnelling, Deilmann-Haniel)

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Providers of specialist mining services fined for price fixing and bid-rigging * The Bundeskartellamt has imposed fines totalling 17.4 million euros on five providers of specialist underground mining services on account of price fixing agreements and bid-rigging. The companies are BeMo (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority imposes fines on a mattress manufacturer for having imposing resale price maintenance on retailers (Recticel Schlafkomfort GmbH)

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First fine imposed for resale price maintenance in mattress case* The Bundeskartellamt has fined Recticel Schlafkomfort GmbH 8.2 million euros on account of imposing resale price maintenance on retailers selling its products. From July 2005 to December 2009 representatives of Recticel agreed (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority imposes fines of € 338 million on 21 sausage manufacturers as well as 33 individuals involved in concluding illegal price-fixing agreements (Bell Deutschland)

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Bundeskartellamt imposes fines on sausage manufacturers* The Bundeskartellamt has imposed fines totalling approx. 338 million euros on 21 sausage manufacturers as well as 33 individuals involved for concluding illegal price-fixing agreements. The following companies participated in the (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority imposes a fine of 1.89 million euros for an anti-competitive customer allocation agreement concerning services provided for heating surfaces of regenerative heat exchangers used in power plants (Alstom Power Energy Recovery)

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Bundeskartellamt imposes fine on account of customer allocation agreement concerning services provided for heat exchangers used in power plants* The Bundeskartellamt has imposed a fine of 1.89 million euros on Alstom Power Energy Recovery GmbH on account of an anti-competitive customer (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority decides that the wedding rebates constituted benefits without any objective justification resulting in abuse of dominance on the food retail market (EDEKA)

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Bundeskartellamt takes decision of principle in food retail case - EDEKA’s demands on suppliers were abusive The Bundeskartellamt has issued a decision stating that the demands made by EDEKA Zentrale AG & Co.KG on suppliers after its takeover of the Plus stores in 2009 ("wedding rebates") (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority closes proceedings after the company amended its conditions for online sales of sport shoes in such a way that they comply with competition law (Adidas)

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Adidas abandons ban on sales via online market places* The Bundeskartellamt has closed its proceedings against adidas AG (adidas) after the company amended its conditions for online sales in such a way that they comply with competition law. adidas operates a selective distribution system (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority concludes an agreement with the utility supplier concerning the extension of the measures to lower the water prices for three more years until 2018 (BWB)

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Measures to lower water prices in Berlin extended for three more years until 2018* Berliner Wasserbetriebe (BWB) is to extend measures to lower its water prices as ordered by the Bundeskartellamt for three more years until 2018. This is the result of a settlement between the company and the (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority finds that a selective distribution system, which allows for the sale of running shoes to final customers only via authorised dealers poses a number of serious restraints to competition (Asics)

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Bundeskartellamt takes a critical view of restriction of online distribution by ASICS* After a preliminary examination the Bundeskartellamt has found that the selective distribution system of ASICS Deutschland, which allows for the sale of running shoes to final customers only via authorised (...)

German Competition Authority The ICN approves at its annual conference the recommended practices on predatory pricing analysis, recommended practices on competition assessment, a common leniency waiver template, the updates of the anti-cartel enforcement manual and the agency practice manual and several interactive training modules

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Annual Conference of the International Competition Network in Morocco* The 13th Annual Conference of the International Competition Network (ICN) successfully concluded last Friday, April 25. Approximately 520 participants from 90 jurisdictions, including other representatives and stakeholders (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority clears subject to conditions and obligations an acquisition on the market for TV programme magazines (Springer / Funke)

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Bundeskartellamt clears Springer/Funke merger in the TV programme magazine segment subject to conditions and obligations* Bonn, 29 April 2014: The Bundeskartellamt has cleared subject to conditions and obligations the acquisition by FUNKE MEDIENGRUPPE of Axel Springer’s TV programme magazines (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority receives commitments to abandon an agreement on standard charges payable by retailers for use of the electronic cash card payment system (Girocard)

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Standard charges for retailers in electronic cash card payment system abandoned* The leading banking associations in Germany are to abandon their agreement on standard charges payable by retailers for use of the electronic cash card payment system. The associations have undertaken a commitment (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority confirms that the new submitted proposal for commitments is sufficient to dispel the competition concerns on the reader and advertising markets for TV programme magazines (Funke Media Group / Axel Springer)

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Funke media group offers new commitments* The Bundeskartellamt confirms that in the examination proceedings concerning the acquisition of HÖRZU, FUNK UHR, TV DIGITAL and TV NEU, the media group Funke-Mediengruppe (FMG) and Axel Springer SE have submitted a new commitment proposal. According to (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority clears the acquisition of a business division active in the wholesale of sanitary, heating and air conditioning installations (Cordes & Graefe)

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Bundeskartellamt clears acquisition of "bäderwelt" by Cordes & Graefe* The Bundeskartellamt has cleared the acquisition of "bäderwelt" of Praetner GmbH & Co. Handels KG by Cordes & Graefe KG. The business division "bäderwelt" in Freising is active in the wholesale of sanitary, heating (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority imposes fines on four wallpaper manufacturers, their representatives and trade association on account of price fixing agreements (Création Tapeten)

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Price agreements between wallpaper manufacturers Bundeskartellamt imposes fines of around 17 million Euros* On 25 February 2014 the Bundeskartellamt has imposed fines totalling around 17 million euros on four wallpaper manufacturers, their representatives and trade association on account of (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority issues a preliminary assessment of the planned acquisition of a number of TV programme magazines (Springer / Funke)

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Springer/Funke - TV programme magazines Talks held with the Bundeskartellamt about the divestment of several print titles* The Bundeskartellamt confirms that on 24 February 2014 it has issued a preliminary assessment of the planned acquisition of the TV programme magazines Hörzu, Funk Uhr, TV (...)

German Competition Authority A German Higher Regional Court rejects the appeal filed by the supplier of water services confirming the applicability of competition law (BWB)

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Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court confirms Bundeskartellamt decision on reduction of Berlin water prices* On 27 February 2014 the Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court has rejected the appeal filed by Berliner Wasserbetriebe (BWB) against the Bundeskartellamt’s decision of 4 June 2012. In this decision (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority clears acquisition of medical care centres and clinics pursuant to the exclusion from the transaction of hospitals operated on four regional medical care markets (Helios Kliniken / Rhön-Klinikum)

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Bundeskartellamt clears acquisition by Helios Kliniken (Fresenius) of 40 clinics and 13 medical care centres operated by Rhön-Klinikum AG* The Bundeskartellamt has cleared plans by the Helios clinics, which belong to the Fresenius group, to acquire the control of a total of 40 clinics and 13 (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority clears the acquisition by paid TV service supplier of a minority share in TV-sports channel (Sky / Sport1 and Con­stan­tin Sport Mar­ke­ting)

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Merger cleared - Sky may acquire a participation in Sport1* Today the Bundeskartellamt cleared the acquisition of a minority share in the sports channel Sport1 by Sky Deutschland. The transaction also involves the acquisition of a minority share in Constantin Sport Marketing GmbH (CSM) and the (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority imposes further fines amounting to 231.2 million Euros in its proceedings concerning illegal price fixing agreements for beer (Carlsberg / Radeberger / Bolten / Erzquell / Früh / Gaffel)

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Cartel proceedings against breweries concluded with imposition of further fines* The Bundeskartellamt has imposed further fines amounting to 231.2 million Euros in its proceedings concerning illegal price fixing agreements for beer. The fines were imposed on the companies Carlsberg Deutschland (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority imposes fines on five breweries as well as seven individuals personally involved on account of illegal price fixing agreements for beer (Bitburger)

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First fines imposed in cartel proceedings against breweries* Bonn, 13 January 2014: The Bundeskartellamt has imposed fines totalling 106.5 million euros on the companies Bitburger Braugruppe GmbH (Bitburger), Krombacher Brauerei Bernhard Schadeberg GmbH & Co. KG (Krombacher), C. & A. (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority discontinues the proceedings against the splitting rebates following the decision of the manufacturer to apply the same rebates for brick-and-mortar and online sales (Bosch Siemens Hausgeräte)

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Household appliance manufacturer Bosch Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH abandons anti-competitive rebate system* Bonn, 23 December 2013: As of 2014, the manufacturer of household appliances Bosch Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH will discontinue its system of performance rebates introduced on 1 January 2013. The (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority forbids the application of most favoured nation clause and orders its removal from the contracts between hotels and booking portals (HRS / Expedia / Booking.com)

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Online hotel portal HRS’s ’best price’ clause violates competition law – Proceedings also initiated against other hotel portals* Bonn, 20 December 2013: Today the Bundeskartellamt prohibited HRS from continuing to apply its ’best price’ clause (most favoured nation clause) and ordered the company to (...)

German Competition Authority The German Federal Network Agency and the Bundeskartellamt present their joint monitoring report on developments in the German electricity and gas markets in 2012

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Monitoring Report 2013 of the Bundesnetzagentur and the Bundeskartellamt* Bonn, 19 December 2013: Today the Bundesnetzagentur (Federal Network Agency) and the Bundeskartellamt presented their joint Monitoring Report 2013 on developments in the German electricity and gas markets in 2012. With (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority issues new guidelines providing that mergers without significant effects on the domestic market should fall outside the scope of the notification obligation and substantive review procedure

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Foreign-to-Foreign Mergers – More legal certainty for companies* The Bundeskartellamt has published a draft of its guidance document “Domestic Effects in Merger Control” for public consultation. Andreas Mundt, President of the Bundeskartellamt: “We aim to relieve concentrations that do not affect (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority clears the takeover of two regional dailies, several advertising newspapers and a number of women’s magazines (Springer / Funke)

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Springer/Funke: Takeover of regional newspapers and women’s magazines cleared* Bonn, 03 December 2013: Today the Bundeskartellamt cleared the takeover of two regional dailies (Hamburger Abendblatt and Berliner Morgenpost), several advertising newspapers and the women’s magazines segment of Axel (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority announces the operational start of a special unit dedicated to increasing transparency on fuel prices (Market Transparency Unit)

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Regular operation of Market Transparency Unit for Fuels to start on 1 December 2013* Bonn, 29 November 2013: The regular operation of the Market Transparency Unit for Fuels will start on 1 December 2013. This marks the successful end of the three-month trial period: there is a constant data (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority closes its proceedings against online book trader for enforcing price parity clauses on its marketplace platform (Amazon)

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Amazon abandons price parity clauses for good* 26 November 2013: The Bundeskartellamt has today terminated its proceedings against Amazon for enforcing price parity clauses on its Marketplace platform after the company had met the requirements set by the authority. Andreas Mundt, President of (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority initiates proceedings against a manufacturer of gardening tools for staggered trade discounts awarded on an allegedly discriminatory basis (Gardena)

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Bundeskartellamt gets GARDENA to amend its dealer discount system* Bonn, 28 October 2013: The garden product manufacturer GARDENA has promised the Bundeskartellamt that in future it will apply the same discounts for its brick-and-mortar and online retailers. In awarding retailer discounts the (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority ceases the investigation concerning an alleged abuse of dominance in the market for alternative postal services (Compador Technologies / DPAG)

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Bundeskartellamt abandons abuse of dominance proceedings against Compador Technologies GmbH* Bonn, 23 October 2013: The Bundeskartellamt has abandoned its abuse of dominance proceedings against Compador Technologies GmbH, an affiliated company of Deutsche Post AG (DPAG). The proceedings were (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority concludes cartel proceedings against manufacturers of household porcelain (Porzellanfabrik Christian Seltmann, KAHLA/Thüringen Porzellan)

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Bundeskartellamt concludes cartel proceedings against manufacturers of household porcelain* Bonn, 17 October 2013: The Bundeskartellamt has today imposed fines totaling just under 900,000 euros on the companies Porzellanfabrik Christian Seltmann GmbH and KAHLA/Thüringen Porzellan GmbH, the (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority receives information about the decision of the TV-broadcasting groups not to pursue their plans to build an online video platform (Germany’s Gold)

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Plans for ARD/ZDF online platform "Germany’s Gold" abandoned* Bonn, 16 September 2013: "Germany’s Gold", the online platform that the ARD and ZDF broadcasting groups were planning to set up via commercial subsidiaries together with eleven other production and licensing companies, will not (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority imposes fines on account of vertical price fixing practices on the market for distribution of natural cosmetics (Dr. Hauschka)

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Fine imposed on WALA Heilmittel GmbH for vertical price fixing practices involving Dr Hauschka cosmetics products* Bonn, 31 July 2013: Today the Bundeskartellamt has imposed fines amounting to a total of approx. € 6.5 million on WALA Heilmittel GmbH, Bad Boll, and representatives of the (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority forbids a previously approved acquisition in the healthcare sector since the acquirer no longer intends to comply with conditions for clearance (Asklepios / Rhön)

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Participation of Asklepios Group in rival Rhön-Klinikum retroactively prohibited - Asklepios no longer intends to comply with condition for clearance (sale of Goslar clinics)* Bonn, 30 July 2013: In spring this year the Bundeskartellamt approved plans by Asklepios Kliniken (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority issues a statement of objections against a dominant retailer for abusive practices against economically dependent suppliers on the market for sales of sparkling wine (EDEKA)

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Statement of objections issued against EDEKA for use of "wedding rebates" after Plus takeover - Bundeskartellamt considers demands on suppliers as abusive* Bonn, 26 July 2013: According to the Bundeskartellamt’s preliminary assessment, EDEKA Zentrale AG & Co.KG, Hamburg, has violated the (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority imposes fines for agreements to the detriment of local public transport companies, private, regional and industrial railways and construction companies (ThyssenKrupp / Gleistechnik /voestalpine / Butzbach /Schreck-Mieves)

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Bundeskartellamt punishes more agreements between rail manufacturers* Fines totalling almost 100 million euros imposed for agreements to the detriment of local public transport companies, private, regional and industrial railways and construction companies On 23 July 2013 the Bundeskartellamt (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority concludes a cartel administrative proceeding against an ophthalmologists cooperative and a health insurance fund (Augenärztegenossenschaft Brandenburg / AOK Nordost)

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Bundeskartellamt opens up competition among ophthalmologists from different federal states in Germany* The Bundeskartellamt has concluded a cartel administrative proceeding against the Brandenburg ophthalmologists cooperative "Augenärztegenossenschaft Brandenburg" and the health insurance fund (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority takes a critical view of the agreement on the German banking sector as regards the existing electronic cash card payment system (ELV)

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Electronic cash card payment system of German banking sector raises competition concerns* The Bundeskartellamt takes a critical view of the agreement of the German banking sector on the existing electronic cash card payment system. Today the authority communicated its (preliminary) concerns to (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority works currently on the implementation of the fuel price reporting requirement which is to enable consumers to gain information on current fuel prices at petrol stations (MTS Kraftstoffe)

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Transparency Unit for Fuels - Registration of companies obliged to report prices* The Bundeskartellamt’s Market Transparency Unit is currently working on the implementation of the fuel price reporting requirement which is to enable consumers to gain information on current fuel prices at petrol (...)

German Competition Authority The German Federal Court of Justice rules on the interpretation of the penalty provision applicable under German cartel law (Holcim / HeidelbergCement / Lafarge Zement / Schwenk Zement)

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Calculation of fines to be adapted to Federal Court case-law* The recent decision of the Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtshof, BGH) in the cement cartel case (file no. KRB 20/12) has a strong impact on the interpretation of the penalty provision applicable under German cartel law (cf. (...)

German Competition Authority The Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf imposes fines on five members of the liquefied gas cartel or their successor companies (Drachen-Propangas / Propan Rheingas / Westfalen)

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Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court increases fines against liquefied gas cartel* Yesterday the Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court imposed fines of 244 million euros on five members of the liquefied gas cartel or their successor companies (ref. VI-4 Kart 2-6/10 OWi). The companies involved are (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority invites representatives from competition authorities and public prosecutors from across the country to Bonn to exchange their experiences on the prosecution of illegal agreements relating to public and private tenders (Netzwerk Submissionsabsprachen)

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Cartel prosecutors and public prosecutors exchange experiences in Bonn Increased prosecution of bid-rigging agreements* On 10 April 2013 the Bundeskartellamt invited representatives from competition authorities and public prosecutors from across the country to Bonn to exchange their (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority concludes a series of proceedings against consumer goods manufacturers on account of illegal exchange of competition-relevant information (Nestlé)

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Bundeskartellamt concludes proceedings against consumer goods manufacturers on account of illegal exchange of information and imposes multi-million fine on Nestlé* Today the Bundeskartellamt has concluded a series of proceedings against consumer goods manufacturers on account of illegal (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority institutes proceedings against seven district heating suppliers on suspicion of their charging abusively excessive prices (Dalkia)

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Bundeskartellamt examines excessive district heating prices* The Bundeskartellamt has instituted proceedings against seven district heating suppliers on suspicion of their charging abusively excessive prices. The investigations will focus on around 30 different supply areas throughout nearly (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority clears acquisition of a publishing business of the daily newspaper from an insolvent publishing house (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung / Frankfurter Rundschau)

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Bundeskartellamt clears acquisition of Frankfurter Rundschau by FAZ* Today the Bundeskartellamt has cleared plans by Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung GmbH or rather Frankfurter Societät GmbH, to acquire the publishing business of the daily newspaper Frankfurter Rundschau from the insolvent Druck- (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority launches a web survey targeting 2,400 sellers who offer their products on major internet platform (Amazon Marketplace)

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Bundeskartellamt surveys Amazon Marketplace sellers* Today the Bundeskartellamt launched a web survey of 2,400 sellers who offer their products through Amazon Marketplace. Within the framework of administrative proceedings under competition law the Bundeskartellamt is examining the effects of (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority concludes proceedings against flour mills and imposes fines totaling more than 65 million euros (Verband Deutscher Mühlen)

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Bundeskartellamt concludes proceedings against flour mills and imposes fines totaling more than 65 million euros* The Bundeskartellamt has concluded its cartel proceedings against companies in the milling industry and imposed fines of approx. 41 million euros on 22 companies, the association (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority imposes fines of more than € 60 million on confectionery manufacturers for price fixing agreements (Chocolate Cartel)

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Bundeskartellamt imposes fines of more than € 60 million on confectionery manufacturers* The Bundeskartellamt has concluded its fine proceedings against several manufacturers of branded confectionery. On account of several cartel infringements, fines of approx. € 60 million have been imposed on (...)

German Competition Authority The German Federal Constitutional Court decides that the statutory imposition of interest on cartel fines is consistent with the national constitutional law

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Bundeskartellamt welcomes decision of Federal Constitutional Court on interest charged on cartel fines* In its ruling of 19 December, 2012, which was made public today, the First Senate of the Federal Constitutional Court decided that the statutory imposition of interest on cartel fines is (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority imposes a fine of 90,000 euros on a natural person for the incomplete notification of the acquisition of a slaughtering company (Clemens Tönnies)

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Clemens Tönnies fined for incomplete notification of a merger* The Bundeskartellamt has imposed a fine of 90,000 euros on Mr Clemens Tönnies (senior) for the incomplete notification of the acquisition of the slaughtering company Tummel, Schöppingen, by his company group. The notification did not (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority clears acquisition on the market for blood transfusion technology and manufacture of equipments used in blood collection, filtration and processing (Fresenius Kabi / Fenwal)

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Bundeskartellamt clears acquisition of Fenwal by Fresenius* Bonn, 12 December 2012: The Bundeskartellamt has cleared the planned acquisition of Fenwal Holdings Inc by Fresenius Kabi AG. Both companies are active in blood transfusion technology and manufacture products used in blood collection, (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority intends to prohibit the electricity network operator from charging electricity suppliers excessive metering and billing prices in the small customers sector (RWE Net)

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Bundeskartellamt issues warning letter regarding excessive electricity metering and billing prices* The Bundeskartellamt intends to prohibit the electricity network operator RWE Net AG, Dortmund, from charging electricity suppliers excessive metering and billing prices in the small customers (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority rejects application for a review in the award proceedings for the introduction and operation of a distance-related toll on lorries on national motorway (AGES Maut System)

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Bundeskartellamt rejects application for review in the “lorry toll” award proceedings* The Bundeskartellamt has rejected the application by AGES Maut System GmbH & Co. KG, Düsseldorf (AGES), for a review in the award proceedings for the introduction and operation of a distance-related toll on (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority examines in formal proceedings whether a contract system for acquiring waste services is compatible with competition law (Der Grüne Punkt Duales System)

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Bundeskartellamt examines whether DSD is compatible with competition law* The Bundeskartellamt will examine in formal proceedings whether the contract system of “Der Grüne Punkt – Duales System Deutschland AG” (DSD, “The Green Dot”) is compatible with the Act Against Restraints of Competition (ARC). (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority prohibits Europe’s largest supplier of spices to implement exclusivity clauses in its supply contracts (Fuchs Gewürze)

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Bundeskartellamt prohibits Europe’s largest supplier of spices, Fuchs Gewürze, from hindering a competitor* The Bundeskartellamt has prohibited Fuch Gewürze GmbH & Co., Dissen, (Fuchs) from unfairly hindering its competitor, Hartkorn Gewürzmühle GmbH, Koblenz, (Hartkorn). Fuchs is Europe’s (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority discontinues abuse proceedings against members of a company group in the energy sector after receiving commitment to amend the tender system (Vattenfall Europe Transmission)

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Abuse proceedings against Bewag, HEW and Veag concerning balancing energy discontinued* The Bundeskartellamt has discontinued its abuse proceedings against Bewag AG, Berlin (Bewag), Hamburgische Electricitäts-Werke AG, Hamburg, (HEW) and Veag AG, Berlin, all belonging to the Vattenfall group. (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority imposes fines on furniture manufacturer and a high-ranking staff member for abusively influencing the pricing policy of specialist outlets for baby products (PAIDI Möbel)

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€110,000 fine imposed on nursery furniture manufacturer PAIDI* The Bundeskartellamt has imposed fines totalling €110,000 on PAIDI Möbel GmbH, Hafenlohr and a high-ranking member of staff for abusively influencing the pricing policy of specialist outlets for baby products. Between 1999 and the (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority rejects application to allow an award of public contract for setting up and operating a distance-related toll levied on lorries on German motorways before the conclusion of the review proceedings (Die Bietergemeinschaft ETC.de)

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Bundeskartellamt rejects application for premature allowance to award contract in lorry toll proceedings* The Bundeskartellamt has rejected the application of the Federal Ministry of Transport (contracting entity) to be allowed to award the contract for setting up and operating a (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority conducts an inquiry on the suspicion that removal firms concluded price-fixing and market allocation agreements regarding contracts for shipping household effects (US armed forces)

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Search conducted in removal firms in close coordination with US cartel authorities* Parallel to investigatory measures by the US competition authorities, the Bundeskartellamt conducted a search operation on 31 July 2002 on the suspicion that removal firms have for several years concluded and (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority informs that there were no competition concerns regarding a cooperation between housing companies and a telecom company (KDG / Deutsche Telekom)

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No concerns regarding close cooperation in the broadband cable sector* The Bundeskartellamt has no concerns regarding a close cooperation between Kabel Deutschland GmbH (KDG, a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom AG in charge of the broadband cable business) and housing companies. According to a (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority initiates proceedings against the regional electricity supplier on suspicion of excessive metering and billing prices charged to load profiled customers (Wemag / RWE)

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Bundeskartellamt puts electricity metering prices to the test - test cases against Wemag and RWE Net* The Bundeskartellamt has initiated proceedings against the regional electricity supplier Wemag AG, Schwerin (Vattenfall group) and RWE Net AG, Dortmund, on suspicion of excessive metering and (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority clears an acquisition on the markets for industrial, household and liquid sugar (Union-Zucker Südhannover / Nordzucker)

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Bundeskartellamt clears Nordzucker / Union-Zucker merger project* The Bundeskartellamt has cleared the acquisition of Union-Zucker Südhannover GmbH, Nordstemmen, by Nordzucker AG, Brunswick. The merger project affects the markets for industrial, household and liquid sugar in northern Germany. (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority serves written charges on seven companies and high-ranking persons in the paper wholesale sector on suspicion of their involvement in illegal price agreements

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Leniency Programme helps for the first time to counter price cartels in paper wholesale sector* The Bundeskartellamt has served written charges on seven companies and high-ranking persons in the paper wholesale sector on suspicion of their involvement in illegal price agreements. Those (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority clears merger in the financial sector under the condition that there are no concerns regarding a potential violation of cartel law (Eurohypo)

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Foundation of Eurohypo AG under further examination after clearance* The Bundeskartellamt has concluded its examination under merger control of the foundation of Eurohypo AG, Frankfurt, by a merger of the three mortgage banking subsidiaries of the commercial banks Deutsche Bank AG, Frankfurt, (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority imposes fines on seven companies in the ready-mixed concrete sector based in Lower Bavaria for agreeing to buy the entire production of a competitor at a guaranteed price

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Further fine imposed on companies in the ready-mixed concrete sector* The Bundeskartellamt has imposed fines totalling approx. 1.8 million EURO on seven companies in the ready-mixed concrete sector based in Lower Bavaria for concluding anti-competitive agreements. The companies involved agreed (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority initiates a formal investigation against a member of a Swedish group on suspicion of abuse of dominant position on the market for supply of electricity (Bewag)

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Abuse proceedings initiated against electricity* The Bundeskartellamt has initiated a formal investigation against Bewag AG, Berlin (Bewag), belonging to the Swedish Vattenfall group, on suspicion of the company abusing its dominant position as an electricity network operator. Bewag is (...)

German Competition Authority A German Higher Regional Court confirms that the defendant is obliged to surrender at the request of the competition authorities documents relating to the calculation of fees for network use (Energie Sachsen Brandenburg)

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Higher Regional Court confirms right of competition authorities to apply cost control in abuse proceedings in electricity sector* In a preliminary decision the Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court (OLG) has confirmed that the RWE regional energy supplier envia Energie Sachsen Brandenburg AG (envia) (...)

German Competition Authority The German Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf upholds prohibition imposed by the Bundeskartellamt on an airline company for unfair pricing strategy adopted against competitor (Deutsche Lufthansa)

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Higher Regional Court Düsseldorf provisionally confirms the prohibition of Lufthansa’s abusive pricing strategy* In a provisional decision the Higher Regional Court Düsseldorf has largely confirmed the Bundeskartellamt’s decision prohibiting Deutsche Lufthansa AG from unfairly hindering its (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority discontinues its abuse proceedings on suspicion of excessive pricing against electricity supplier after receiving commitments (Elektrizitätswerk Wesertal)

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Abuse proceedings against Elektrizitätswerk Wesertal (Fortum) discontinued* The Bundeskartellamt has discontinued its abuse proceedings against Elektrizitätswerk Wesertal GmbH, Hameln (a fully-owned subsidiary of Fortum Energie GmbH), which had been initiated on suspicion of its charging (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority discontinues proceedings on suspicion of abuse of dominance in the electricity sector after receiving commitments for a new tender system for the procurement of balancing energy (EnBW Transportnetze)

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Abuse proceedings against EnBW in the balancing energy sector discontinued* The Bundeskartellamt has discontinued the abuse proceedings instituted at the end of October 2001 against EnBW Transportnetze AG (EnBW) on suspicion of charging their competitors inappropriate fees for balancing (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority prohibits a domestic airline company to adopt a low pricing strategy designed to squeeze a new competitor out of the market (Deutsche Lufthansa)

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Bundeskartellamt prohibits Lufthansa from hindering its rival Germania* The Bundeskartellamt sees the pricing strategy of Deutsche Lufthansa AG (DLH) as an attempt to squeeze its new competitor, Germania Fluggesellschaft mbH, Berlin (Germania) out of the market and fears that emerging (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority finds that planned acquisition was prone to strengthen dominant positions in the supply market for broadcasting signals to final customers (TeleColumbus / Liberty Media)

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Bundeskartellamt issues warning regarding the planned Liberty Media/TeleColumbus GmbH merger* According to the preliminary assessment of the Bundeskartellamt, the planned acquisition by Liberty Media of subsidiaries of TeleColumbus GmbH would, so far as these are active in the territory of (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority deems that a proposed merger between two cable television companies would impinge on the competition conditions on several markets in the sector for cable network communication (Liberty Media / KDG)

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Bundeskartellamt issues warning regarding the Liberty Media/KDG merger project* According to the preliminary assessment of the Bundeskartellamt, the planned merger of Liberty Media/KDG (acquisition of broadband cable networks of Deutsche Telekom AG inter alia) would strengthen dominant (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority institutes abuse proceedings against 10 electricity network operators on account of their charging excessively high fees for network use (Allgäuer Überlandwerke)

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The Bundeskartellamt has instituted abuse proceedings against electricity network operators* The Bundeskartellamt has instituted abuse proceedings against 10 electricity network operators on account of their charging excessively high fees for network use. The companies involved include the (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority considers that the airline pricing strategy on the Frankfurt-Berlin route unfairly hindered a competitor to enter the market (Deutsche Lufthansa)

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Bundeskartellamt warns Deutsche Lufthansa AG over its pricing strategy on the Frankfurt-Berlin route* According to a preliminary assessment the Bundeskartellamt considers Deutsche Lufthansa AG’s (DLH) pricing strategy on the Frankfurt-Berlin route as unfairly hindering its competitor Germania (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority lodges an appeal on points of law at the Federal Supreme Court against the decision of the Higher Regional Court Düsseldorf in proceedings on abuse of dominance in the retail sector (WalMart)

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Bundeskartellamt files appeal on points of law in the WalMart case (sales below cost price)* The Bundeskartellamt has lodged an appeal on points of law at the Federal Supreme Court against the decision of the Higher Regional Court Düsseldorf in the WalMart abuse proceedings. On 1 September (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority prohibits acquisition of a majority stake of an energy company by a direct competitor as it would have strengthened dominant positions both in the gas and electricity sales markets (E.ON / Gelsenberg)

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Bundeskartellamt prohibits E.ON/Gelsenberg (Ruhrgas) merger* The Bundeskartellamt has prohibited the acquisition by E.ON AG, Düsseldorf, (E.ON) of a majority stake in Gelsenberg AG, Essen. The merger would have strengthened dominant positions both in the gas and electricity sales markets. The (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority refers to the Commission a notification concerning an acquisition on the market for manufacturing of weaving machines (Promatech / Sulzer)

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Bundeskartellamt refers Promatech/Sulzer merger to competition authority in Brussels* In close cooperation with the competition authorities in the United Kingdom, Italy and Spain the Bundeskartellamt has for the first time applied to have a planned merger notified at national level transferred (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority initiates proceedings against 22 electricity network operators on suspicion of excessive pricing for network use and impeding other electricity providers to enter the market

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Investigation of 22 network operators on account of excessive fees for network use* The Bundeskartellamt has initiated investigatory proceedings against 22 electricity network operators on suspicion of their charging abusively excessive fees for network use and of impeding other electricity (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority prohibits a planned merger that would have led to firms involved gaining dominant positions on certain markets in the wholesale pharmaceutical sector (Sanacorp / Andreae-Noris Zahn)

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Bundeskartellamt prohibits Sanacorp/Andreae-Noris Zahn concentration* The Bundeskartellamt has prohibited the concentration plans of Sanacorp e.G. Pharmazeutische Grosshandlung, Planegg, (turnover in Germany approximately DM 3.89 billion) to acquire a majority holding in Andreae-Noris Zahn AG, (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority informs two airlines of its intention to prohibit their merger project that would lead to a strengthening of a dominant position on the domestic flight market (Lufthansa / Eurowings)

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Bundeskartellamt criticises Lufthansa-Eurowings merger* Examinations undertaken so far show that Lufthansa’s acquisition of shares in Eurowings would lead to a strengthening of its dominant position on the domestic flight market in Germany. The possible positive effects on competition in the (...)

German Competition Authority The German Competition Authority receives a withdrawal of the notification of intention to acquire a majority holding in a major competitor on the market for waste services (Rethmann / Interseroh)

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Rethmann-Interseroh merger stopped* Rethmann AG & Co., Selm, has withdrawn the notification of its intention to acquire a majority holding in Interseroh AG, Cologne. In addition, it will reduce its current shareholding in Interseroh AG to a maximum of 15 per cent. Last year, the (...)

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