February 2001

Anticompetitive practices

The European Commission terminates infringement procedure against production and sales license agreements between cigarettes manufacturers (Philip Morris, Altadis)
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
"Commission terminates infringement procedure against production and sales license agreements between Philip Morris and Altadis"* The European Commission has decided to close an infringement procedure against tobacco companies Philip Morris of the United States and Spain’s Tabacalera (merged (...)

The Dutch Competition Authority conducts investigations into price formation on the beef market
Netherlands Authority for Consumers & Markets (The Hague)
NMa Conducts Investigation into Price Formation in the Beef Sector* Recently the situation on the beef market has deteriorated considerably due to the BSE crisis. Partly as a result of this, NMa received a formal application for exemption from Stichting Saneringsfonds Runderslachterijen (...)

The Dutch Competition Authority imposes fines on 16 notaries in Breda for market sharing
Netherlands Authority for Consumers & Markets (The Hague)
NMa Lowers Fines for Notaries in Breda* The fines imposed on 16 notaries in Breda by the Dutch Competition Authority (NMa), due to agreements entered into by the notaries to divide the market amongst themselves, were reduced on appeal. The original fines varied from NLG 15,000 to NLG 20,000. (...)

Unilateral Practices

The Dutch Competition Authority suspects that a cooperative association to which 90% of veterinarians in the Netherlands are affiliated infringed competition law (Coöperatieve Nederlandse Veterinair-Farmaceutische Groothandel / Aesculaap)
Netherlands Authority for Consumers & Markets (The Hague)
NMa Draws up a Report on Veterinary Medicine Wholesalers* After carrying out an investigation, the Dutch Competition Authority (NMa) has reason to believe that Coöperatieve Nederlandse Veterinair-Farmaceutische Groothandel U.A. (in short, AUV) has contravened the Competition Act. Until the end (...)

The French Competition Authority fines TV channel for implementing market share discounts practices in the sales of television advertising space sector (TF1 / Canal plus)
French Competition Authority (Paris)
Press release published on the official website of the French Competition Authority. Practices of market share discounts in the sector for sales of television advertising space : the Conseil de la concurrence sanctions TF1* In a decision dated 13th February 2001, following a request from the (...)

Mergers

The Italian Competition Authority clears a merger in the sector of energy with structural remedy (Enel-France Telecom/New wind)
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Chiomenti (Rome)
The operation The Italian Competition Authority approved with conditions the two steps transaction by which Enel S.p.A. will acquire the whole capital stake of Infostrada S.p.A. and, then, Wind Telecomunicazioni S.p.A. will be merged with Infostrada S.p.A. The new entity, New Wind, will be (...)

The Dutch Competition Authority approves a joint venture of the activities of holiday parks (Center Parcs and Gran Dorado / Carp and Pierre Vacances)
Netherlands Authority for Consumers & Markets (The Hague)
NMa Approves the Merger of Gran Dorado and Center Parcs after Amendments* The Dutch Competition Authority (NMa) today approved the merging through a joint venture of the activities of Center Parcs and Gran Dorado by Pierre & Vacances S.A. and Carp Ltd., after the parties involved had (...)

The Turkish Competition Authority clears a merger in the pharmaceuticals sector subject to limitation of the non-compete clause (Abbott-BASF)
Esin
The operation Abbott is a USA based public company which is active in the field of discovery, improvement, manufacture and marketing of certain pharmaceutical products. Abbott holds 99.9% of its Turkish subsidiary which is also active in the pharmaceutical sector. BASF is a German public (...)

The Dutch NCA cleared a merger in the sector of entertainment with divestment (Gran Dorado-Center Parcs)
Netherlands Authority for Consumers & Markets (The Hague)
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Eversheds Sutherland (Amsterdam)
The operation Pierre & Vacances S.A. and Carp (Jersey) Ltd. proposed to jointly acquire the whole of Center Parcs N.V.’s and Gran Dorado Leisure N.V.’s issued share capitals (para. 7). The market(s) The NMa assessed the effects of the merger in relation to the possible markets for (i) (...)

The Czech Competition Office cleared a merger in petrochemical industry sector subject to maintaineance of the supplies of target’s products (Unipetrol/Paramo)
Clifford Chance
The operation The operation involved the privatization of PARAMO whose 71% of shares were transferred, upon the decision of the Czech government, on an acquirer selected in a public tender. According to the result of the tender, the above-mentioned shares in PARAMO were acquired by UNIPETROL (...)

The European Commission refers to the Finnish Competition Authority part of the examination of the impact of proposed acquisition in the markets for wood based fuels and peat (Metsäliitto Osuuskunta/Vapo Oy)
European Commission - DG ECFIN
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European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
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Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)
"Merger Control: Main developments between 1st January 2001 and 30th April 2001"* On 8 February 2001, the Commission decided to refer to the Finnish Competition Authority – Kilpailuvirasto – part of the examination of the impact of the proposed acquisition by Finland’s Metsäliitto Osuuskunta of a (...)

The European Commission conditionally clears the acquisition of joint control of a German electricity company by French electricity incumbent and an association of nine south-west German districts (EDF/Zweckverband Oberschwäbische Elektrizitätswerke/Energie Baden-Württemberg)
European Commission - DG ECFIN
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European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
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Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)
"Merger Control: Main developments between 1st January 2001 and 30th April 2001"* In February, the Commission authorised, subject to conditions, the acquisition of joint control of German electricity company Energie Baden-Württemberg AG (EnBW) by Electricité de France (EdF) and Zweckverband (...)

The Finnish Competition Authority clears a merger in the postal services market with remedies including a hold-separate commitment (Posti/Atkos Printmail)
Grant Thornton (Helsinki)
The operation On 2 February 2001 the Finnish Competition Authority cleared, in a Phase II decision, a merger in which Suomen Posti Oyj acquired from Tieto Enator Oyj a 29% share in Atkos Printmail. As a result, Suomen Posti owned 80% of Atkos Printmail. At the same time the parties agreed (...)

State Aid

The European Commission approves the prolongation of risk capital scheme for small technology companies in Germany (’Beteiligungskapital für kleine Technologieunternehmen’)
European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
"Germany — Prolongation of the «Beteiligungskapital für kleine Technologieunternehmen», a risk capital scheme for small technology companies"* The European Commission approved on 28 February 2001 the prolongation of a German risk capital scheme for small technology companies. Under the scheme (...)

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